Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 3 (2020 Fantasy Football)
Week 2 was a one in terms of my quarterback and tight end streamers. It may have been the best week in my three years of writing this column! My two quarterback recommendations saw Ryan Tannehill get almost 34 points and Gardner Minshew get almost 30. Tannethrill was the QB6, and Minshew was the QB10! My tight end streamers were not quite as good, but they were solid. Logan Thomas disappointed by only getting around seven points, but the process was good. He was second again on the Washington Football Team with nine targets. Jordan Reed, who filled in for the injured George Kittle, had himself a day. He ended up with seven catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He was the fourth-best tight end for the week, tied with Travis Kelce with 24 fantasy points.
But enough about hearing about my week’s victory lap. It is now Week 3 and time to move forward. Let’s hope we can build off of last week’s momentum.
Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Gardner Minshew (JAC) vs. Miami Dolphins
Minshew has been the one constant quarterback recommendation in my first three weeks, but this is the first time I have him as my top streamer. Fantasy football aside, just watch him play. Many starting quarterbacks are better than Minshew athletically. Many starting quarterbacks have better arm strength and velocity. Almost all starting quarterbacks have better draft capital. He doesn’t care about any of those things, and neither do I. Minshew is a tenacious winner. He plays the game with the intensity and drive that most quarterbacks only dream of. And it just so happens that he is starting a run of great matchups. Pick him up this week and play him for the next four weeks or so because his matchups are favorable. It also helps that the Jaguars’ defense is pretty poor, which always translates to high scoring, something that’s good for your streaming quarterback. Put Minshew in and don’t think twice.
Alternate Quarterback Streamer of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) at Jacksonville Jaguars
To continue with my Jacksonville stack, I’m choosing the NFL’s other facial-haired and fun quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzmagic had a surprisingly great outing against Buffalo’s tough defense, and he put up over 27 fantasy points. He now faces one of the worst defenses in the league. I see this game as a thrilling shootout with the ‘Stashe prevailing, but the Beard will also putting up gaudy numbers. If Minshew has been scooped up in your league, then look no further than Fitzmagic for this week.
Quarterback Trap of the Week: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) at Atlanta Falcons
Despite the juicy matchup, I just feel like Mitchell Trubisky’s days are numbered. In Week 1, he killed it against a team he has always slain. Last week against a relatively easy defense, Trubisky struggled and looked more like the quarterback we expected to see. It isn’t a case of if, but when, Foles eventually usurps Trubisky and becomes Chicago’s starter. Atlanta’s defense has continued where it left off last season. It allowed 38 points to Seattle and 40 points to Dallas. Russell Wilson threw four touchdowns in the opener, and Dak Prescott threw for 450 yards last week. Despite the temptation to start Trubisky based on the matchup, look elsewhere. I don’t think he has turned the corner regardless of his unbeaten record.
At this time, we are expecting George Kittle to play. However, if he doesn’t, and if Jordan Reed is on your waiver wire, pick him up and play him. He’s healthy, he’s a beast, and he’s on the San Francisco 49ers. However, we need to have a contingency plan…
Tight End Streamer of the Week: Drew Sample (CIN) at Philadelphia Eagles
Not many knew who Drew Sample was when he went in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. His rookie season never really amounted to anything. He played nine games but only saw six targets and had five receptions. And even with Tyler Eifert departing for Jacksonville, Sample started the season as the team’s second fiddle at tight end, playing behind veteran C.J. Uzomah.
Unfortunately for Uzomah, who was having an outstanding game against the Browns last week, he went down with a torn Achilles. Now he is out for the remainder of the season. He had four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown before departing in the early fourth quarter. In stepped Drew Sample, who only had one reception at this point in the game — but in less than a full quarter of play, Sample had six. Sure, this is above-average production because the Bengals were in comeback mode, but it is important to note that Sample was the most trusted option for Burrow when they were trailing. And let’s face it — Cincinnati will be trailing a lot this season, and there doesn’t seem to be another worthy tight end option to challenge Sample on the team. The Eagles have been horrific against tight ends so far in 2020. In Week 1, they gave up a touchdown to the Washington Football Team’s Logan Thomas. Last week, they gifted Tyler Higbee with three. Sample should have a five-reception floor with touchdown upside.
Alternate Tight End Streamer of the Week: Logan Thomas (WAS) at Cleveland Browns
Speaking of Logan Thomas, I had him as my top streamer last week, but he did not measure up despite garnering nine targets. He has been the second favorite passing option in Washington, and he’s only behind superstar sophomore Terry McLaurin. I like his usage, and I like his opponent this week. The Browns just faced the Bengals and allowed their tight ends to get eleven receptions for almost 100 yards and a touchdown. I see Thomas rebounding by putting up double-digit fantasy points. Cleveland is a middling team with a defense that does not scare anyone.
Tight End Trap of the Week: Dalton Schultz (DAL) at Seattle Seahawks
Dalton Schultz should be picked up immediately. He’s a great add in redraft and dynasty. Schultz tore apart the Falcons last week and led Dallas with 10 targets. He converted nine of them for 88 yards and caught a touchdown. That being said, he did all of this in the second half when the Cowboys were in extreme comeback mode and also did it at the expense of Michael Gallup. That said, you should ook for Gallup to reemerge and for Dallas to not trail by as much. Schultz appears to be an adequate replacement for Jarwin, but many might be too enthusiastic this week. Seattle, despite not having a dominant defense, has been stingy versus tight ends in its first two games. They have given up a combined total of five receptions and 57 yards, and they stifled Hayden Hurst in Week 1.
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