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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Quarterback Streamers (Week 2)

Sep 13, 2022
Justin Fields

Justin Fields flashed his fantasy upside in Week 1, despite the unfavorable conditions.

Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books. Last week’s streamers were mostly successful. Jameis Winston was the QB6 for the week heading into the Monday night game, scoring 21.7 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the streamer to avoid from Week 1, Mac Jones, scored only 8.5 points as the New England Patriots struggled against the Miami Dolphins.

However, the only easy win was last week’s win. So, let’s look at the top streaming options for Week 2.

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

Justin Fields (CHI) vs. Green Bay Packers (46.8% Rostered)

Last week Fields only scored 13.6 fantasy points against the San Francisco 49ers. However, he gets a pass given the awful weather conditions. Despite all the rain and terrible field conditions, Fields threw a pair of touchdowns. Furthermore, he added 28 yards on the ground on 11 attempts, finishing second on the team in rushing yards. More importantly, Fields had 121 passing yards and two touchdowns despite Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet combining for one reception and eight receiving yards.

The good news is the game this week shouldn’t include a soaked field. Furthermore, the Packers were ripped apart by Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and the Minnesota passing attack last week. Cousins completed 71.9% of his passes against the Packers. He threw for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jefferson. More importantly, Fields had 224 passing yards, two touchdowns, 74 rushing yards and 18.4 fantasy points in his previous matchup against the Packers. He will shine when the lights come on Sunday night.

Matt Ryan (IND) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (24% Rostered)

Ryan made the streamers list last week and was solid against the Houston Texans. While the game ended in a 20-20 tie, Ryan completed 64% of his passes for 352 yards and a 15-yard touchdown to Michael Pittman late in the fourth quarter. While he also had an interception, the veteran quarterback also added 12 yards on the ground. More importantly, Ryan had 50 pass attempts despite Jonathan Taylor receiving 31 rushing attempts.

This week Ryan takes on a Jacksonville defense that was ripped apart by Carson Wentz in Week 1. The former Indianapolis starter had 313 passing yards and four touchdowns on 41 pass attempts. More importantly, Pittman was unstoppable last week, pulling in nine of his 13 targets for 121 yards and Ryan’s only touchdown of the game. Meanwhile, the Jaguars gave up at least one touchdown to three different Washington wide receivers. Ryan doesn’t have top-five upside but has a pathway to a low-end QB1 finish.

Streaming Targets in Superflex Leagues

Carson Wentz (WAS) vs. Detroit Lions (16.6% Rostered)

For those who still believe in Wentz, Sunday’s performance had to feel good. Yes, the Commanders’ quarterback did throw a pair of interceptions. However, they got overshadowed by his four-touchdown performance in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. More importantly, Wentz didn’t crumble under pressure. He threw two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes of the game, including the game-winner to Jahan Dotson with under two minutes to go. Furthermore, his 313 passing yards were the fourth-most for Week 1 entering the Monday night matchup.

Meanwhile, the Lions only gave up 243 passing yards and zero passing touchdowns to Jalen Hurts in Week 1. However, the Philadelphia quarterback completed 56.3% of his pass attempts. While the Eagles didn’t have a passing touchdown in the game, A.J. Brown had his way with the Detroit secondary. The former Ole Miss star had 155 yards and 10 receptions last week, ranking first in both categories entering the Monday night game. More importantly, three Washington wide receivers scored over 13.5 PPR fantasy points in Week 1. While he likely won’t repeat his 27.7 fantasy point performance from last week, Wentz should end the week no lower than a high-end QB2.

Marcus Mariota (ATL) vs. Los Angeles Rams (3.9% Rostered)

Of all the Week 1 surprise performances, Mariota’s is arguably the most meaningful. The last time he started a game was in 2019 with the Tennessee Titans. However, the last time Mariota averaged more than 12.5 fantasy points per game for the season was in 2017. Despite a long history of limited fantasy production, the veteran quarterback was impressive against a talented New Orleans Saints defense last week. He threw for 215 yards while adding another 72 yards and a touchdown on the ground, ending the game with 19.8 fantasy points. More importantly, Mariota was a QB1 in Week 1 despite Kyle Pitts struggling.

Atlanta’s second-year tight end was shut down by the New Orleans defense, as he had only two receptions for 19 yards on seven targets. Meanwhile, the rookie Drake London was solid with his seven targets, catching five for a team-high 74 receiving yards. While the Falcons face the Rams this week, Josh Allen tore their defense apart for three passing touchdowns, 56 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown last week. The Rams will rebound this week and blow out the Falcons. However, that means more negative game script for the Falcons and opportunities to run for Mariota.

Streamer to Avoid

Ryan Tannehill (TEN) vs. Buffalo Bills (16.6% 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.

Tannehill had somewhat of a surprise performance in Week 1. He scored 19.3 fantasy points after throwing for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Dontrell Hilliard. Furthermore, Tannehill was the QB10 for the week heading into the Monday night game. However, the matchup against the New York Giants was appealing. They were without their two top pass rushers, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari. Furthermore, New York’s secondary is full of young players. Meanwhile, the Buffalo defense gave Matthew Stafford nightmares after last week’s performance.

Last week, the Bills had one of the top-scoring fantasy defenses. They came away with three interceptions and seven sacks while giving up only 10 points to the Rams’ high-powered offense. Meanwhile, the Titans struggled to move the ball against the Giants, punting on over half of their drives. More importantly, Derrick Henry struggled in Week 1. Despite 21 rushing attempts, Henry had only 82 yards (averaging 3.9 yards per rushing attempt) and failed to find the end zone. After Buffalo’s performance last week, I have no confidence in starting any Titan players this week.

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