The. Injuries. Are. Piling. Up. Through the first two weeks, we’ve lost Nick Foles, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Sam Darnold, and Cam Newton to injury. The Giants then announced the benching of Eli Manning. Foles, Darnold, and Manning went undrafted in your leagues but the loss of them could continue to impact your team in a big way. While this may not have an immediate consequence to your QB position, skill position players for these respective teams all take a bit of a hit. Either way, this may have forced you to already begin streaming quarterbacks week 3. But do you stream each of their backups? Or do you look elsewhere to find your next quarterback?
Before we can understand the best options for streaming quarterbacks in week 3, let’s take a look at some of the top guys who have been excellent through the first two weeks of the season.
Top Streaming Quarterbacks Through Week 2:
Dak Prescott: Dak kicked off the year with a perfect QB rating in a week 1 win vs. the Giants. Dak followed that up with a 86% completion percentage, bringing his team to 2 – 0. His 269 passing yards and three touchdowns lead him to 27 fantasy points and the 3rd highest QB on the day according to NFL.com scoring leaders. Dak was drafted as the 17th QB taken according to FF Calculator and only trails Lamar Jackson in fantasy points through the first two weeks.
Lamar Jackson: If we are going to talk about the #2 QB we’ve got to talk about the #1 streaming quarterbacks option. From August 16th – September 16th, Lamar Jackson has been the 11th QB taken off the board. Prior to that, the number was even worse. Lamar has been incredibly impressive through the first couple of weeks surpassing 30+ fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. His 596 passing yards is 10th in the NFL and his 126 rushing yards is 1st among QBs.
Case Keenum: Keenum wasn’t even being drafted according to data across multiple ADP sites. His 43.9 fantasy points through the first two weeks of the season are 5th in the league. A number he has gathered with rookies and nobodies. Keenum has played well enough in two division games to win both. Having the 31st ranked defense doesn’t help when they’re giving up 30+ per game. The likelihood that he loses his job to first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins is high. Specifically if they continue to lose, but for now, Keenum has been an excellent option when in a pinch.
Andy Dalton: Through the first two weeks of the season Andy Dalton (QB29) has been the 10th best QB so far. Better than Aaron Rodgers (QB3), and Jared Goff (QB8) among others. Dalton has averaged 364.5 yards per game and has scored four times as well. His “downfall” so far has been turnovers. In week 1 against the Seahawks, he fumbled twice in a 1-point loss. Last week when facing the 49ers, Dalton threw an interception. Dalton’s week 2 points came at the hands of GTP but the team is obviously letting him sling the rock.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the top options for streaming quarterbacks in week 3.
Derek Carr; Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr is an excellent streaming option this week. Although Carr hasn’t looked completely sharp through the first two weeks he has had his moments. In week 1, Carr threw for 259 yards and a score against a tough Broncos passing Defense.
Carr came out swinging in week 2 playing the Chiefs. However, playing shot for shot with Patrick Mahomes quickly took a turn. After jumping out to a quick 10 – 0 lead over the Chiefs things changed quickly. Carr would throw two interceptions later in the game but showed flashes of excellence.
The Raiders take on a Minnesota Vikings defense that has given up 23 points per game to opposing QBs. The game is in Minnesota which will give a slight boost to the Vikes but Carr has the tools to put up points.
Mitch Trubisky; Chicago Bears
Trubisky has not looked good in any sense of the word. He has scored 14.8 fantasy points according to pff.com so far this year, making Trubisky the 29th ranked QB through the first two weeks. However, Trubisky has been really unlucky with his schedule so far. The Bears have faced both the Packers and the Broncos in their first two games, both of which are ranked in the top 5 against opposing quarterbacks.
Even with the poor performances brought on by tough matchups, Trubisky is an excellent option if you are streaming quarterbacks. Trubisky will take on the 31st ranked pass defense this week when the Bears travel to Washington. The Skins have given up 43.3 fantasy points per game to their counterparts. Allowing more than 280 yards and 3 touchdowns in each.
Trubisky is much better than we’ve seen so far in 2019. Last year, he threw for over 300 yards four times, and had seven games of at least two touchdowns. He is in a primetime matchup, under the lights with everyone watching. There seems to be water filling the Trubisky ship, but this can be the game that plugs the holes.
Matthew Stafford; Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford has had a really tough six quarters starting with the fourth quarter of week 1 vs. the Cardinals. In that game, Stafford threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns. 291 yards and all three scores came within the first three quarters. Since then, Stafford has had the 4th quarter and OT plus a full game vs. the Colts in week 2. With that, Stafford has only thrown for 339 yards and two scores while tacking on two interceptions.
Despite looking sloppy in week 2, Stafford led the Lions to a victory over the Colts. Stafford and the Lions take on the 30th ranked pass defense this week. The Eagles have seen two separate quarterbacks top the 300-mark in back-to-back weeks giving up three touchdowns to both of them. One of those QBs is named Case Keenum, the other being Matt Ryan. So you can see that it doesn’t matter the opposing QBs skill level, the Eagles just look bad. Ronald Darby and company have been beaten badly and not by injuries like they were a year ago.
Stafford to Golladay has hit on multiple weeks now and should hit again. Stafford is rostered by 26.1% of teams right now leaving a lot of room for you to be streaming quarterbacks with the former #1 pick.
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