Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 3 (Fantasy Football)
Streaming thus far has not been easy. The seemingly obvious successes have often gone sour, while the extremely silly dart throws have hit their mark. Guys like Jared Cook who have had two good weeks are no longer options now as the fantasy football community has caught on. He is now heavily owned as he should have been. We have also come to understand that no matter how sweet the matchup, teams like Buffalo or Arizona can’t be trusted at all. At least for now. Who would have thunk that Austin Ekeler, Buck Allen, and UDFA Philip Lindsay would be fantasy RB1s after two weeks? No one would have expected DeSean Jackson to be the third-best WR in fantasy either. It has been that crazy already folks. But hopefully, Week 3 will have more answers for us. Here are the top three streaming options for both the quarterback and tight end positions.
And QB Stream of the week: Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB) vs Pittsburgh Steelers
You basically have to go with the hot hand now. If you were daring and went with Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first two weeks then you are probably smiling at 2-0 right now. He should have not thrown five touchdowns against the Saints in Week 1. And he certainly should have stunk it up against the Super Bowl Champs in Week 2. However, Fitzmagic defied the odds and now sits at the top of the quarterback food chain. He is the best of the best right now. He now faces the easiest defense to date that allowed Patrick Mahomes to throw six touchdowns last week. Is there a chance that Fitzpatrick stinks it up since he is essentially chalk? For sure. You know he can’t sustain his stud status. But are you willing to be the person who bets against the hairy chested “bling bling” Harvard grad? Definitely not. You simply have to ride with the guy that no one had hope for. There is no hotter hand in the league than Ryan Fitzpatrick. Right now he is only 23% owned in Yahoo leagues. This time next week, he will no longer be a streaming option. Pick him up now and ride him into the ground. This month’s quarterback rental was initially not a desirable option but now it looks as though he could be Tampa Bay’s starter for the rest of the season. Instead of refuting the impossible, just go with it. DeSean Jackson is reborn, Evans is looking like a top-three WR again and Godwin just gets better and better. O.J. Howard is also looking like the real deal. Too bad he is owned in almost 70% of leagues because I would stream him as my tight end. But get Fitzpatrick. Be bold. It is time to believe in the beard.
Mitch Trubisky (CHI) vs Arizona Cardinals
I am writing this before watching Mitchell Trubisky play against Seattle on Monday night. I went with Jared Cook in Week 2 without seeing him light it up in Week 1 and that panned out pretty well. Arizona is the NFC version of the Buffalo Bills. They are in a word, horrific. Their offense is the worst in the NFL — Sam Bradford and company can’t sustain anything. They have the worst average time of possession, which means the defense has been on the field a lot. This has turned a better than average unit into a tired group that has bled points to opposing teams. In the first half of the Green Bay game, Trubisky looked better than Aaron Rodgers. Game script limited him. This could possibly happen here because the Bears could go up big early. Even if that happens, Trubisky will get points. At the moment, he is only 17% owned in Yahoo so he is a true streamer. He is a first-round quarterback who has the weapons to be a fantasy regular. Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, Trey Burton, and rookie Anthony Miller could have great production if they can connect with Trubisky. Trubisky is the kind of quarterback that might be the most talented option left on the waiver wire on a team that could be for real. Remember, they almost beat the Packers.
Andy Dalton (CIN) vs Carolina Panthers
Who would have thought that Andy Dalton would be a QB1 after two weeks? Not me. Who would have thought that he could throw four touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens, arguably a top-five defense on a Thursday night, notorious for low-scoring games? Nobody. Now that the Bengals are asking the world to treat them as a legitimate playoff team, we have to at least entertain the possibility that Dalton is worth a look. The Panthers, like the Ravens, seem to have a good defense that ironically stifled Dak Prescott in Week 1 but allowed Matt Ryan to score two touchdowns on the ground in Week 2. The Bengals are at home which can only help. They have scored 68 points in two weeks — the fourth most in the NFL. A.J. Green is electric and Tyler Boyd is emerging. Without Joe Mixon this week, look for Dalton, who is only 27% owned, to throw more, even if it is just short tosses to Giovani Bernard. The Red Rocket is starting to finally live up to his nickname.
TE Stream of the week: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (JAC) vs Tennessee Titans
The tight end position already looks ugly. That being said, Jared Cook and Jesse James are the top two fantasy TEs after two weeks. Cook is now out the streaming pool since he is heavily owned. One person that seems to be getting better each week is Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He had a touchdown called back in Week 1 and scored last week. His relationship with Blake Bortles seems to be growing fast. Maybe this week it will blossom. The Tennessee Titans are a tough team to figure out. They have not played a team with a significant tight end. In Week 1, they played against Miami and rookie Mike Gesicki who has not done anything in two weeks. Last week they played the Texans who have a committee of tight ends that are not particularly liked by Deshaun Watson. ASJ was great last year when he was with the Jets and is starting to show his worth in Jacksonville. He is only 32% owned.
Austin Hooper (ATL) vs New Orleans Saints
The Austin Hooper breakout game happens a few times a season and he’s yet to have it in 2018. This could be the week he goes off. The Saints’ defense is not the same as it was in 2017. This game should be a close affair with fantasy points to be had aplenty. Hooper should build on his pleasant Week 2 performance, in which he scored a touchdown. If he does dominate this game be happy, but don’t fall into the trap that he will finally become the Travis Kelce everyone wishes on him. He is what he is — a boom or bust tight end that flirts with the idea that he will become something better than he is. There’s good reason why he is only 17% owned. However, this week he could be Kelce so consider him as one of your potential streams.
Jesse James (PIT) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As good as the Tampa Bay offense is, their defense has been typically generous. If Jesse James was the only tight end of consequence on the Steelers, I would have him as the stream of the week. However, Vance McDonald is back healthy and is said to be the first option at the position for Big Ben. Although he is probably the one to own for the season, he is still acclimatizing to the offense. James has been a monster in two games and will probably be the tight end to go with in Week 3 even if Pittsburgh is on the road. And he’s only 10% owned. Go get him!
Keep your eyes on
Antonio Gates (LAC) vs Los Angeles Rams
Gates was invisible against the hopeless Bills but the Rams have given up tons of volume to tight ends. Virgil Green is not a thing but Gates could be. He’s only 9% owned.
Ian Thomas (CAR) vs Cinncinati Bengals
The Bengals have been über generous to tight ends. Ian Thomas has had a week to adjust to starting for the Panthers. This week he could do better than two catches for 10 yards. He’s only 7% owned but is Greg Olsen’s replacement so he has potential value.