Our very own, Taylor Greenhut, shares his top fantasy football streamers heading into Week 3 of NFL action!
Week 3 of the NFL season is upon us and regardless of your fantasy record, everybody is still in contention for a fantasy championship. Exciting isn’t it?? This week, I will go over my best and worst pick from Week 2 and give you my favorite options to stream for Week 3.
Week 2 Star:
- Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns: 10 points against, 3 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery
- Future Fantasy Outlook: The opportunistic Ravens defense continued to show off against the Browns while taking advantage of both rookie DeShone Kizer and back up Kevin Hogan. They have only given up 10 total points on the year and have recorded five takeaways in both of their first two games of the season and while that trend is highly unlikely to continue, look for the Ravens to continue their dominant ways throughout the season. Somewhere Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are smiling.
Week 2 Bust:
- Charles Clay (BUF) vs Carolina Panthers: 3 receptions for 23 yards on 3 targets.
- Future Fantasy Outlook: The Bills struggled to gain any traction on offense against the Panthers last week. Clay is still one of Tyrod Taylor’s top options but fantasy owners need to be cautious about such games going forward. Look to play matchups with Clay as he is still a key piece in the offense.
Stream of the Week: Trevor Siemian (DEN) @ Buffalo Bills
Can you believe that a month ago, Trevor Sieman was battling Paxton Lynch for the starting job in Denver? Me neither. Since Sieman was named starter, he has proven to the coaching staff that they made the right decision. Siemian has thrown for 450 yards and six touchdowns while throwing two interceptions so far on the year. Another year in this offense has done wonders for his accuracy and confidence. There is no reason to believe things can’t keep rolling in the Broncos’ favor. Week 3 has Denver traveling to Buffalo to face a defense that currently ranks 12th amongst fantasy defenses vs quarterbacks. While this stat doesn’t scream fantasy streamer, lets remember who they have faced so far: Josh McCown and Cam Newton. Neither of these quarterbacks have shown the flashes that Trevor Siemian has shown this year. Look for Trevor Siemian to continue to produce solid numbers, with some top QB1 performances, throughout the year.
Jay Cutler (MIA) @ New York Jets
The return of Jay Cutler had to wait a week due to Hurricane Irma, but he proved that he still has some game left in that 34 year old body. Last week, Cutler was 24-33 for 230 yards and a touchdown against a very good Chargers defense. While the numbers did not excite fantasy owners, they did prove that the efficiency is there. Cutler has weapons around him that could lead him to be a QB1 this week against the Jets, a defense that was torched by both Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr this year.
Carson Wentz (PHI) vs New York Giants
Since the preseason, I have been a big believer of Carson Wentz’s rise to fantasy stardom in the 2017 season. Watching him last season, I have felt that with the addition of a few more weapons, Wentz would have the chance to shine. Enter Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and LeGarrette Blount to the offense. This year, Wentz has thrown for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in both his matchups. This week he welcomes a New York Giants defense that has not lived up to the expectations of last year early into this season. The Giants have recorded only one takeaway this year and have been very inconsistent at times. While the Giants did limit both Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford to under 20 FPS each, I would not shy away from this matchup for Wentz. Look for Carson Wentz to use both his arm and his legs in this matchup with the rival New York Giants.
Stream of the Week: Evan Engram (NYG) @ Philadelphia Eagles
If there has been one bright spot for the Giants offense so far this year, it’s Evan Engram. Amongst the chaos in New York, rookie Evan Engram has shined to be one of the premier young pass-catching tight ends in the league. Through two games, he has accumulated 12 targets, hauling in eight of them, for just under 100 yards and a touchdown. While this has been during Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence, Engram’s role seems to be cemented in this offense. A trip to Philly against an Eagles defense that just gave up eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown to Travis Kelce could be what the Giants offense needs. Look for Engram to continue to gather targets as OBJ continues to heal and Brandon Marshall continues to disappoint fantasy owners everywhere.
Jason Witten (DAL) @ Arizona Cardinals
The matchup on paper may not be appeasing at first, but once you dive into the numbers, Jason Witten is a very viable option this week. Yes, The Arizona Cardinals are ranked the #1 team vs tight ends this year, but Witten’s role in the Cowboys offense is set in stone. Through two weeks he has been targeted an outstanding 22 times, hauling in 17 of them for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Touchdowns are gold to the tight end position in fantasy football, and Witten has the opportunity to score every week in this offense. The Cardinals will have their hands full with the Cowboys, likely leaving him open for consistent targets. Jason Witten seems to be Dak’s go-to target this year so far and expect that to continue this week in Arizona.
Benjamin Watson (BAL) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Now that Joe Flacco is getting closer to 100%, the Ravens are opening up the playbook to the passing game more and more. Week 1 saw Watson only receive one target, but in Week 2’s matchup against the Browns, Watson hauled in all eight of his targets for 91 yards. This was good enough to lead the team in targets, catches, and yards. Jacksonville’s defense has performed well so far this year, but are 15th in the league against the tight end position. Opposing tight ends have caught all 8 of their targets for a combined 107 yards and a touchdown. In this matchup, the targets should be there for Benjamin Watson this week in London.
Stream of the Week: Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The #5 ranked fantasy defense goes on the road, or should I say take to the air, to face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London this week. The matchup seems like a fantasy owner’s dream. Not only do the Baltimore Ravens lead the league in takeaways (10), but they face a team that committed three turnovers last week. While the Jaguars defense is on the rise, the offense has seemed to be stuck in mediocrity. Blake Bortles has failed to score more than 12 fantasy points either week so far this season and has thrown two interceptions in two games. With Allen Robinson out for the year and the threat of the bench to come for Bortles, the already average Jaguar offense will continue to struggle moving the ball.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears
In years past, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been one picked on by many fantasy owners. This year’s rendition of the Steel Curtain has taken a stand to this notion. Through two games, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has recorded nine sacks, two turnovers, and a touchdown while only allowing a total of 27 points. This week they travel to the Windy City to face a Chicago Bears offense that has seen its share of struggles so far this year. Starting 0-2, the Bears offense has only accumulated 24 total points this year and has committed four turnovers. The injury-riddled Bears offense will continue to struggle going forward, allowing the Steelers to take advantage this week.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
While the Miami Dolphins defense did not wow fantasy owners in the box score, they did pass the eye test. Last week’s matchup in Los Angeles against the Chargers was a tough challenge. Miami held the high-powered Chargers offense to 17 points and recorded a sack. Week 2 has the Dolphins on the road to face a New York Jets team that has struggled to say the least. Both of the previous two defenses to face the Jets have scored double digit fantasy points so far. The Jets have already committed four turnovers on the year, and many more seem to be coming. Expect Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and company to put on a defensive show this week.