Streaming the QB and DST position isn’t really the goal in fantasy football. But if by happenstance, you’re weak at a position that starts one player, acquiring usable fantasy weeks from waivers can be beneficial. Positional scarcity leaves the waiver wire flush with decent weekly starting options based upon match-up and game script. So, sit back, relax and dive into my Week 3 QB and DST Streaming Options!!
Week 2 Recap
As for the Week 2 results, it was rather underwhelming except for Ryan Fitzpatrick who continued his red-hot streak. But like the actual NFL teams, we have to move forward to the next week and plan for a victory.
Here are the complete results from my Week 2 quarterback selections:
Case Keenum– 222 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 16 Rushing Yards, 1 TD= 14.5 FP
Alex Smith– 292 Passing Yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, 14 Rushing Yards= 13.1 FP
Tyrod Taylor– 246 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 26 Rushing Yards= 14.4 FP
Ryan Fitzpatrick– 402 Passing Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, -1 Rushing Yards= 30 FP
Sam Darnold– 334 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 1 Rushing Yards= 13.5
Mitchell Trubisky– 200 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 24 Rushing Yards= 14.4 FP
Ryan Fitzpatrick | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Current ESPN Ownership: 31.7%
Once again, #Fitzmagic struck—and this time, the Eagles were victimized. Throwing for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick has entrenched himself as an excellent streaming option going forward. It helps to have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Desean Jackson, & O.J. Howard at your disposal. He’ll need those weapons to be at their best Monday night when the Steelers come to town. But, Pittsburgh just gave up a whopping SIX touchdown passes to Patrick Mahomes last week. Therefore, Fitzpatrick would make sense as THE top QB streaming option for Week 3.
Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals
Current ESPN Ownership: 18.2%
Coming off a four-touchdown performance against division rival Ravens, Dalton and the Bengals face the Panthers in Charlotte in Week 3. Carolina’s defense is rather stout against the run, but not so much against the pass—that should help Dalton connect with A.J. Green. In addition to getting 10 days off before facing Carolina, Dalton gained another weapon with the emergence of Tyler Boyd last Thursday night.
Mitchell Trubisky | Chicago Bears
Current ESPN Ownership: 25.6
After putting in an efficient effort (25/34 for 200 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT) in the victory against Seattle Monday night, he’ll meet Arizona in a road contest for Week 3. The Cardinals are struggling at 0-2 under new head coach Steve Wilks and need a victory desperately. Trubisky will have a rather diverse offense at his disposal under head coach Matt Nagy and should be able to compile a decent stat line. He kept playmaker Trey Burton involved in Week 2 (four catches for 20 yards and a TD). Burton should come in handy this week again, as the Arizona defense gave up a TD to the tight end position in BOTH weeks 1 and 2. Consider Trubisky a very good QB streaming option.
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
Current ESPN Ownership: 8.4%
After two games, Flacco has passed for 612 yards & 5 touchdowns—seems like a solid start to me. He hopes to continue this positive stretch in a home contest with the Denver Broncos. With John Brown, Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, Buck Allen, & Alex Collins at his disposal, Flacco has a chance to produce a rather solid, if not spectacular effort for your fantasy team. He’s a solid QB streamer for 2 QB/Superflex leagues in Week 3.
Blake Bortles | Jacksonville Jaguars
Current ESPN Ownership: 10.2%
The Titans secondary continues to look beatable. They allowed over 300 yards to Deshaun Watson and allowed two receivers to go over 100 yards. Meanwhile, Bortles has a hot hand after passing for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns in Jacksonville’s victory over the Patriots. Bortles is also typically good for a few fantasy points as a runner, helping his overall floor. The only potential issue could be if Tennessee can’t keep the game close which would allow Jacksonville to play conservatively.
Current ESPN Ownership: 91%
This Week 3 showdown with the Giants should be a “get right” game for the Texans defense. New York will be coming into the game 0-2, losing a starter on the offensive line which has been a problem, and with an aging quarterback who can’t throw the ball downfield. It’s a recipe for success, especially if you consider that the Texans should get Jadeveon Clowney back after missing last week’s game.
Current ESPN Ownership: 18.9%
The Dolphins gained a hard-fought road division victory over the Jets last week and look forward to meeting the Raiders at home. They’ll face Derek Carr who has 2nd lowest aDOT (Average Depth of Target) among starting quarterbacks (5.4) despite completing a staggering 90.6% of his passes in the loss at Denver. Miami will also have the advantage of playing in the heat and humidity of South Florida which they are used to. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Miami get multiple turnovers/sacks, especially due to a young core including Reshaud Jones and Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Current ESPN Ownership: 11.0%
Now, this isn’t a real sexy selection, but the Cowboys defense has been playing well to open the season. Allowing less than 20 points in both games, it seems that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has finally struck gold. Getting six sacks against the Giants Sunday night and completely stifling their offense showed some potential for Dallas defense going forward. Taking their show on the road to Seattle for Week 3, the Cowboys front seven has the capability to put plenty of pressure on Russell Wilson. This Seahawks offensive line is still struggling to become a cohesive unit and we saw what the Chicago Bears just did to them on Monday Night Football.
Current ESPN Ownership: 3.2%
Call me crazy, but the Bengals have been fun to watch this year on both sides of the ball. The Bengals defense has gotten off to a fast start with 6 sacks and 5 turnovers after 2 games. Cincinnati has the potential for both against the Panthers in Week 3. Carolina has enough weaponry (notably the lethal tandem of Christian McCaffrey & Cam Newton) to temper your expectations for the Bengals. I’m considering them as a low-end DST streamer.
Current ESPN Ownership: 5.5%
Despite being winless with a 0-1-1 record, the Browns defense is no joke. They’ve tallied 7 sacks, 3 INTs, & 5 Fumble Recoveries over 2 games. Holding both the Saints and Steelers to 21 points each is a tremendous effort. It would appear that they are a defense to be reckoned with moving forward.
Rookie Sam Darnold provides the turnover upside you’re looking for when choosing a fantasy DST. I like Cleveland in this spot for Thursday Night Football and they should be a solid streamer in Week 3.
May the fantasy gods smile upon you for Week 3!! And as always: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
Thank you for taking the time to read my QB & DST Streaming Options article and hopefully my selections can assist you in victory! Check out Matt Lo’s waiver wire rankings article as well, as he ranks which players you should be targeting this week along with my streaming options. As always, don’t hesitate to check out all of the fantastic content at www.thefantasyauthority.com
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