Fantasy Football Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 3
We are going to call this week’s segment “Choose Your Dark Horse,” mainly because there is already a void in finding three streamers at both the quarterback and tight end positions this week. And remember, this is only Week 3, technically before the real streaming begins. Maybe this is a good thing, but the choices versus the matchups this week are brutal.
But first, let’s bask in the glory of Week 2. My quarterback recommendation was Josh Allen. Although he did not tear it up as I wanted, Allen did score two touchdowns, one through the air the other on the ground. My dark horse pick also panned out nicely. Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals were appalling against the San Francisco 49ers but the quarterback still put up over 20 fantasy points. My tight end streamer of the week was Darren Waller, who put up almost the same stat sheet as he did in Week 1. Consistently good. Unfortunately, he’s too good and now cannot be considered as a possible tight end streamer for this week or for the rest of season. You see, when a tight end gets around 12 points in PPR, he’s worth holding onto. My dark horse, Tyler Eifert, got over 10 points on account of his touchdown grab. With tight ends, you have to take what you can get. If you can earn an extra six points for a touchdown, it’s gold, no matter if he only had three receptions totaling nine yards. My two alternate recommendations were, shall we say, forgettable. Derek Carr, despite his matchup against the Chiefs, did not have himself “a day” and Jimmy Graham, the former “best tight end in the league,” completely disappeared, leaving us a big goose egg in his absence.
But I am both a realist and an optimist. I’m a realist, in the sense that streaming is hard work and is always a gamble even if the process seems right. I’m an optimist because my four out of six is a 67% hit rate. I’ll take that any week of the season, even if it is early and the pool to choose from is more enticing as players start to establish themselves. It is starting to get ugly, and by the end of the season, it will be downright disgusting.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Josh Allen (BUF) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Since Mr. Allen is still only 40% owned in Yahoo Leagues and finds himself against one of the worst five teams in the league, I’ll take it. The Bengals made people believe that they were not as bad as we thought they would be in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. The bar was raised when they faced a team considered inferior in Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers. The result? Well, let’s just say that last week was more of an anomaly. Cincy is pretty bad. This bodes well for the Buffalo Bills who find themselves tied atop the AFC East division alongside the mighty Patriots. They should remain tied after this week. As long as Allen plays to his strengths and avoids any bone-headed nonsense, look for him to finish with a great fantasy stat sheet. Josh Allen is starting to look like the quarterback that Chicago wished they had in Mitchell Trubisky.
Alternate Streamer: Jacoby Brissett (IND) vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons’ defense is much improved from last year, mainly because they have not lost any significant starters that set them back early in 2018. Brissett is like Josh Allen in many ways. That running/throwing prototype who is a decent quarterback with good legs. Neither are elite at throwing the ball (yet), neither are elite at running with the ball, yet both are capable at both. Brissett has done well in relief considering the shock announcement heard around the world of Andrew Luck. Sure, Antonio Brown has bullied most of the Twitter world and the rest of social media with his on-and-off the field antics, but when Andrew Luck quit football, everyone had a Don McLean “American Pie” moment.
After the day the music died in Indy, Brissett has just gone about his business. He has played two good games against two good defenses. Atlanta will be his easiest defense so far, even if they are in the top half of the league. Brissett in two games has averaged around 20 fantasy points. Not bad considering he has not even started running yet.
Dark Horse Streamer: Gardner Minshew (JAC) vs. Tennessee Titans
The Titans have a great defense. Minshew has a great stache. I think that makes it even. He’s exciting; he’s got moxie. He’s a guy who is good for the NFL like Baker Mayfield. Young, charismatic, a long-shot. I love the underdog who dresses like a porn star. Last year it was Fitzmagic. Get ready people, in 2019, it’s time to be a follower of Gardner’s Ministry.
To be fair, he looked competent against the Texans last week in his official debut. He spread the ball around and was not afraid to run for a first down. Sure, it could all go pear-shaped this week, but I’ll take my chances on Minshew over guys like Joe Flacco, Case Keenum, Eli Manning or the Miami morph mutant I would like to call “Fitzrosen.” Give me the Jaguar that has a sixth-round chip on his shoulder versus the guys that have proven to be just JAGs. If you don’t believe in him, then here’s a list of other under 40% owned riff-raff you might want to test water in Week 3. Like I said, the matchups, on the whole, are pretty brutal:
Pick of the under 40% owned litter below
Marcus Mariota (TEN) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Case Keenum (WAS) vs. Chicago Bears
Joe Flacco (DEN) vs. Green Bay Packers
Daniel Jones (NYG) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Teddy Bridgewater (NO) vs. Seattle Seahawks
Derek Carr (OAK) vs. Minnesota Vikings
Matthew Stafford (DET) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Mason Rudolph (PIT) vs. San Francisco 49ers
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Will Dissly (SEA) vs. New Orleans Saints
Will Dissly was originally drafted to be the blocking tight end. However, in his 2018 rookie season, he compiled back-to-back games where he dominated offensively. Then he got injured and went on IR and never returned that season. He is fully recovered, and after whisperings of Jacob Hollister being the guy to own in Seattle (only to be cut before the season began) most Seahawks fans were expecting the tight end position to be another vacated void. People totally forgot about Dissly. However, in Week 2, he came back from the dead with five receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns. I repeat, two touchdowns. Maybe his small sample size is as misleading as Russell Wilson’s efficiency from 2018. Maybe it’s not. Maybe both are not. Either way, go with Dissly this week. The Saints defense is good their offense is going to be without Brees, therefore, look for their defense to be on the field much longer. This bodes well for Dissly and Seattle.
Alternate Streamer: Jason Witten (DAL) vs. Miami Dolphins
He may be old and he may be a bad football commentator, but Jason Witten gets the job done. He’s on pace for 56 receptions for only 320 yards but, and here’s the but, 16 touchdowns! Yes, I am making this two-game sample fit my narrative, but he’s scored in both games against two bad teams. Now he gets to face the mother of all badness, the Miami Dolphins. Don’t be surprised if he achieves his floor of 3-4 receptions for around 20 yards and a touchdown (or two).
Dark Horse Streamer: Jack Doyle (IND) vs. Atlanta Falcons
Like the QB situation this week, I am not writing this with the utmost confidence. Jack Doyle was supposed to be a sneaky value pick in drafts this year with Andrew Luck, his NFL pal. That didn’t pan out, and now he’s got Jacoby Brissett who does not seem to love throwing to his tight ends. That being said, both Eric Ebron and Doyle saw a minimal uptick in receptions for Week 2. Let’s hope for Doyle that his uptick continues and that he finds the end zone. Here are some other tight ends you may want to consider:
Noah Fant (DEN) vs. Green Bay Packers
Tyler “I’m Still Standing” Eifert (CIN) vs. Buffalo Bills
Cameron “The Only TE in Tampa” Brate (TB) vs. New York Giants