Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Quarterback Streamers (Week 3)
Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books. Last week’s streamers were hit and miss. Justin Fields struggled on Sunday night, throwing a measly 11 times and scoring only 8.8 fantasy points. However, he got cheated out of a rushing touchdown at the goal line. Meanwhile, Carson Wentz continues to light it up for fantasy players, scoring over 27 fantasy points for the second straight week. Unfortunately, his roster percentage is 56.7%, making him no longer a streaming option for this article.
However, the only easy win was last week’s win. So, let’s look at the top streaming options for Week 3.
All the quarterbacks in this article are rostered in under 50% of ESPN 1QB leagues and under 25% in superflex leagues.
Streaming Targets in 1QB Leagues
Jameis Winston (NO) vs. Carolina Panthers (36.3% Rostered)
After a strong Week 1 performance with 21.7 fantasy points, Winston severely struggled last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He threw for 236 yards and only one touchdown while tossing three costly interceptions. The former first overall pick scored 7.6 fantasy points in Week 2, a 65% drop from his Week 1 performance.
Yet, Winston should bounce back this week against the Panthers. Over the first two weeks of the year, Carolina has held quarterbacks to only 12 fantasy points per game. However, they have faced two quarterbacks with limited passing upside and weapons. Winston doesn’t fall into either category. He has 74 passing attempts this season and has an excellent trio of wide receivers. After a poor Week 2 performance, Winston has top-10 upside against Carolina.
Marcus Mariota (ATL) vs. Seattle Seahawks (9.3% Rostered)
Mariota made last week’s article and scored a solid 13.4 fantasy points against the Los Angeles Rams. However, fantasy players should be impressed with his play so far this year. The former Oregon star has completed 63% of his passes and scored three touchdowns while averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game. More importantly, Drake London is developing into a go-to target for Mariota.
This week he takes on a Seattle defense that gave up 17.8 fantasy points to Russell Wilson in Week 1 despite him throwing only one touchdown in the game. Then they gave up 19.2 fantasy points and a pair of touchdowns to the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks last week. Furthermore, Seattle gave up an average of 16 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in 2021. Hopefully, Kyle Pitts gets going against a Jamal Adams-less defense this week. If he does, Mariota has the weapons needed to pull off a top-10 performance in Week 3.
Streaming Targets in Superflex Leagues
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) vs. Denver Broncos (1% Rostered)
Unfortunately, Trey Lance left last week’s matchup against the Seahawks early in the first quarter because of an ankle injury. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media after the game that Lance suffered a broken right ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Thankfully, the 49ers held onto Garoppolo as an insurance policy. The veteran entered the game and played well, throwing for 154 yards on only 21 pass attempts while scoring a pair of touchdowns. Furthermore, Garoppolo scored 16.7 fantasy points on 60 snaps played.
Meanwhile, the Broncos were projected to have one of the top defenses before the start of the season. Unfortunately, they have struggled over the first two weeks. After giving up 195 passing yards, two touchdowns, and 17.2 fantasy points to Geno Smith in Week 1, Denver held Davis Mills to only 7.2 fantasy points on Sunday. However, the Houston Texans lack elite weapons, while the 49ers have several. Garoppolo could be the best streaming option for fantasy players if George Kittle makes his season debut this week.
Cooper Rush (DAL) vs. New York Giants (0.8% Rostered)
With Dak Prescott out the next several weeks with a thumb injury, Rush has taken over as the starting quarterback. While he didn’t set it on fire in his first start of the year, Rush completed 61.3% of his passes for 235 yards and one touchdown. Furthermore, he was productive in his lone start last season. The fifth-year veteran started the Week 8 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
More importantly, despite a lack of proven pass catchers, Rush mostly had his way against a talented Cincinnati defense last week. Now he faces a New York unit that has given up an average of 16.3 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. Furthermore, they gave up 266 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill in Week 1 despite his lack of weapons. While he isn’t a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, Rush is a solid option this week in superflex or two-quarterback leagues.
Streamer to Avoid
Daniel Jones (NYG) vs. Dallas Cowboys (15.6% Rostered)
Typically, streaming articles tell you which players to target off the waiver wire. However, I will give one quarterback each week that you should avoid.
The Giants are one of the surprise teams in the NFL over the first two weeks. They are 2-0 with wins over Tennessee and Carolina. While Saquon Barkley was unstoppable in Week 1, the rest of the New York offense has been lackluster. Jones has averaged 182 passing yards and 14.6 fantasy points per game this season, throwing under 190 yards in both contests. Furthermore, the Giants’ top wide receiver over the first two weeks has been Richie James.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys held Tom Brady to only 10.4 fantasy points in Week 1 and Joe Burrow to 16.6 fantasy points on Sunday. They have given up only two passing touchdowns despite facing two elite quarterbacks with multiple star receivers. Unfortunately for fantasy players, Jones is far from an elite quarterback and has arguably the worst receiver core in the NFL. After two solid weeks to begin the year, Jones and the Giants’ luck will run out in Week 3.
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