Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Quarterback Streamers (Week 4)
Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books. Last week’s streamers had mixed results. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were solid, each scoring 14.6 or more fantasy points. However, Jimmy Garoppolo severely struggled against the Denver Broncos, scoring only 8.4 fantasy points. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback had two turnovers in the game and an embarrassing Dan Orlovsky-like safety in the third quarter. Hopefully, things turn around moving forward for Garoppolo.
However, the only easy win was last week’s win. So, let’s look at the top streaming options for Week 4.
All the quarterbacks in this article are rostered in under 50% of ESPN 1QB leagues and under 25% in superflex leagues.
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Streaming Targets in 1QB Leagues
Jared Goff (DET) vs. Seattle Seahawks (30.7% Rostered)
Over the first three weeks of the year, Goff has averaged 18.5 fantasy points per game. The veteran quarterback has thrown seven touchdowns and only two interceptions this season. While Goff scored only 13.9 fantasy points last week against the Minnesota Vikings, Amon-Ra St. Brown missed part of the game because of an ankle injury. However, he has an excellent matchup this week against the Seahawks.
Seattle’s defense is far from the elite unit it was a few years ago. Furthermore, the loss of Jamal Adams in Week 1 for the rest of the season has weakened the Seattle defense. The Seahawks have given up an average of 17.5 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, surrendering at least 15.6 fantasy points in every game. They have also given up an average of 251 passing yards per game this year. If the Lions don’t have D’Andre Swift for this game, Goff will see an uptick in passing attempts against a poor Seattle defense.
Ryan Tannehill (TEN) vs. Indianapolis Colts (15.6% Rostered)
While the Titans have a 1-2 record, Tannehill has played well for fantasy teams this season. Yes, he had an awful performance in Week 2, scoring only 0.9 fantasy points, but that was against an elite Buffalo Bills defense. However, Tannehill has averaged 19.1 fantasy points per game in the other two games this season, scoring at least 18.8 fantasy points in both contests. Furthermore, the veteran quarterback scored two touchdowns in both of those games.
Meanwhile, the Colts have given up an average of 17.2 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, slightly above the league average. They have surrendered five passing touchdowns this season and an average of 245.7 passing yards per game. While those numbers are solid, they aren’t eye-popping, considering they held Patrick Mahomes to 17.1 fantasy points last week. However, Tannehill has always played his best against the Colts. Last year, he averaged three passing touchdowns and 21.3 fantasy points per game against the divisional rival.
Streaming Targets in Superflex Leagues
Geno Smith (SEA) vs. Detroit Lions (6.7% Rostered)
After trading away Russell Wilson in the offseason, many expected the Seattle passing game to struggle this year. However, Smith has done well replacing Wilson. The former West Virginia Mountaineer is averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game this season. However, he is coming off his best performance of the year, totaling 325 passing yards, two touchdowns, and 18.9 fantasy points against the Atlanta Falcons. More importantly, the Seahawks have allowed Smith to throw more lately. After having 28 pass attempts in Week 1 and 30 in Week 2, the veteran quarterback had 44 last week, a career-high.
Coming off a strong performance last week, Smith is a sneaky good streaming option for Week 4. The Lions have given up 23.6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, well over the league average. Furthermore, they have surrendered 298.5 passing yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game over the past two weeks. After struggling to connect with D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett early in the year, Smith completed 61% of his passes when targeting them last week. The Detroit secondary is young and just lost their starting safety Tracy Walker for the year. Smith has the weapons and the matchup needed to end Week 4 as a low-end QB1.
Jacoby Brissett (CLE) vs. Atlanta Falcons (1.5% Rostered)
Like in Seattle, many expected the Cleveland passing attack to struggle with Deshaun Watson suspended for the first 11 games. However, Brissett has played well this year, especially over the past two weeks. In Week 1, the veteran quarterback had only 147 passing yards and scored 10.9 fantasy points. By comparison, Brissett averaged 224.5 passing yards and 1.5 passing touchdowns over the past two weeks, scoring a season-high 17.9 fantasy points last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Furthermore, he has developed a connection with Amari Cooper and David Njoku. Last week, both players had at least seven receptions for 89 receiving yards against the Steelers.
More importantly, the Falcons have struggled to slow down quarterbacks this season. They have surrendered an average of 288.7 passing yards, 2.3 touchdowns, and 19.8 fantasy points per game to the position this year, giving up at least 18.9 fantasy points in every contest. Last week, Atlanta gave up 325 passing yards to Smith, the third-most in his career. Furthermore, the Falcons have allowed quarterbacks to throw for at least 265 yards and two touchdowns in every game this season. If he can keep up his connection with Cooper and Njoku, Brissett should have another strong performance in Week 4.
Streamer to Avoid
Baker Mayfield (CAR) vs. Arizona Cardinals (11.7% 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.
Many will call Mayfield the streamer to target this week, given his matchup against the Cardinals. Arizona gave up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the first two weeks of the year, surrendering 306 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and 26.9 fantasy points to the position. However, they faced Mahomes and Derek Carr those two weeks, two of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. Then, the Cardinals held Matthew Stafford to only 249 passing yards, no touchdowns, and only 10.2 fantasy points last week.
If you remove Mahomes’ 34.9 fantasy points performance in Week 1, the Cardinals have given up only 14.6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season despite facing Carr and Stafford. Mayfield had a solid Week 1 performance, scoring 18 fantasy points against his former team. However, he is averaging only 183.3 passing yards and 14 fantasy points per game this year. The former No. 1 overall pick has completed only 48.2% of his passes for 157.5 passing yards and 12 fantasy points per game over the past two weeks. Arizona’s defense isn’t as bad as the numbers suggest. Fantasy players need to avoid starting Mayfield against the Cardinals.
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