Our very own, Taylor Greenhut, shares his top fantasy football streamers heading into Week 4 of the NFL season!
First off, let me say if you started Case Keenum, Jacoby Brissett, or Blake Bortles last week hats off to you. Week 3 saw its fair share of upsets, last second victories, unknown fantasy breakouts, and fantasy stars that seriously let down their owners. Anything can happen week to week and that is the joy of fantasy football. Week 4 is now here but before I give you my favorite streaming options, let’s go over my best and worst picks from Week 3.
Week 3 Star:
- Evan Engram @ Philadelphia Eagles: 5 receptions for 45 yards on 7 targets
- Future Fantasy Outlook: Spoiler alert, you may see this name appear later on in this article. While his fantasy day wasn’t spectacular, we now can assume that Evan Engram’s role in the New York Giants is set in stone. I won’t go into much further detail as I explain my thoughts about his future later on, but expect the target share to be there for Engram game in and game out going forward.
Week 3 Bust:
- Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars (in London): 44 points against.
- Future Fantasy Outlook: Wow, just wow. If you woke up early Sunday morning to watch this matchup, you were probably very disappointed. The game was a dominant performance from start to finish by the Jags. The Ravens offense could not get any production going, so bad that Joe Flacco was benched in favor of Ryan Mallett in the 4th quarter. However, I believe that this game could be an outlier due to the oddity of playing overseas in London for the Ravens. Baltimore’s defense has come back to Earth, but we will still see plenty of solid fantasy outputs throughout the season.
Stream of the Week: Deshaun Watson (14% owned) vs Tennessee Titans
A quarterback that surprised fantasy owners everywhere in Week 3 was Deshaun Watson. Traveling up to Foxborough to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Watson went 22-33 for 301 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while rushing for 41 yards. This is an impressive feat for any quarterback, let alone a rookie. Watson also managed a respectable fantasy outing the previous week on the road in Cincinnati, so he definitely belongs on the fantasy radar. Week 4 brings Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans back home to take on the Tennessee Titans. While the Titans offense seems to be clicking, the defense is another story. Last week Russell Wilson tore the Titans defense apart on his way to scoring the 2nd most points for the quarterback position. The dual threat of Deshaun Watson will give fantasy owners a safe floor to target in Week 4.
Blake Bortles (12% owned) @ New York Jets
All aboard the Blake Bortles hype train! What a performance Bortles had on an early Sunday morning in London, going 20-31 for 244 yards and FOUR touchdowns against a very difficult Baltimore Ravens defense. If you started him last week, you deserve a gold medal. Things get even easier this week as the Jaguars travel North to visit the 1-2 New York Jets. The Jets are currently the third worst defense vs QBs, averaging 225 yards and 2 touchdowns per game. They only have recorded one interception this year, so this matchup for the pass-happy Bortles looks very promising. We have seen Bortles able to turn in QB1 numbers whether the game script is a blowout or a tight game, so let’s look for Bortles to continue his recent success this week.
Carson Palmer (52% owned) vs San Francisco 49ers
At first glance, you may be iffy about the 37 year old quarterback and understandably so. He hasn’t been the Carson Palmer of old. However, if you look at the game logs so far in the young 2017 season, Palmer has been more than serviceable as a streaming option. Last Monday night we saw him go 29-48 for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Footbal. If you watched the game, you saw Palmer effectively keep his Cardinals competitive on the road against a tough Dallas team. Palmer has now eclipsed the 300 yard mark in his last two games and there is reason to believe that this streak will continue into Week 4. The Cardinals welcome the 0-3 San Francisco 49ers to town this week and what a juicy matchup this will be. The 49ers were ripped apart for 41 points by Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football’s high scoring affair. With only recording one interception through three games on the year, we can look forward to Palmer connecting with his receivers plenty of times throughout the game. The Arizona Cardinals will rely on Carson Palmer to keep them competitive until David Johnson returns from the IR.
Other Notables: Jay Cutler (38% owned) vs New Orleans Saints (in London), Trevor Siemian (52% owned) vs Oakland Raiders
Stream of the Week: Ryan Griffin (1% owned) vs Tennessee Titans
I am willing to bet that most fantasy owners had never even heard of Ryan Griffin outside of the hardcore fantasy diehards out there. With C.J. Fiedorowicz placed on IR, Griffin steps into a starting role for the Houston Texans as one of the only healthy tight ends on the roster. In his first outing as a starter of the 2017 season, Ryan Griffin caught 5-6 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Typically, rookie quarterbacks rely on their tight ends as safety blankets. We should see Griffin continue to get looks in Week 4, as the Titans defense gave up a total of 125 yards and a touchdown last week to the Seattle Seahawk tight ends.
Charles Clay (21% owned) @ Atlanta Falcons
I have written about my thoughts for Charles Clay this year in fantasy already. For those of you that are new, I believe in him heavily for the 2017 fantasy season. Through three games, Clay has totaled 115 yards and 2 touchdowns for the year. In addition, he has finished as a TE1 two out of the three weeks of the 2017 season thus far. Only second on the Bills in targets behind LeSean McCoy, he has proven that the volume of targets and receptions will be there. This week Charles Clay travels with the Buffalo Bills to Atlanta to take on the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. While this pick hurts me as a Falcon fan, I can see Charles Clay turning in another TE1 performance against a young defense. The Falcons have yet to give up 50 yards or even a touchdown to tight ends so far, but don’t let that sway you away from this option. Clay will get the targets as a negative game script is likely to happen, and a TE1 finish is my prediction for Charles Clay in Week 4.
Evan Engram (38% owned) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another target monster at the tight end position so far this year is Evan Engram. He has totaled 19 targets (second on the Giants), hauling in 13 of them for 138 yards and a touchdown so far this year. The rookie pass catching tight end has recorded at least four receptions in every game this year, and this trend should continue as the struggling New York Giants try to find their first victory of the season on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Bucs defenders dropping like flies, this matchup looks good for the 0-3 Giants to get their first victory of the season. Tampa Bay just got torched by Case Keenum, yes that Case Keenum, last week. Look for OBJ and Sterling Shepard to open up passing lanes for Engram this week in Tampa.
Other Notables: Vernon Davis (8% owned) @ Kansas City Chiefs, Jared Cook (40% owned) @ Denver Broncos, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (4% owned) vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Stream of the Week: Jacksonville Jaguars (43% owned) @ New York Jets
This will probably be the last time I will be able to feature the Jaguars defense as a streaming option. They have [finally] been performing the way people thought they would and the league has taken notice. Following an absolutely dominating performance in London against the Ravens, the Jags take on a New York Jets offense that ranks 30th in total offense and sports a -2 turnover ratio. The Jags defense has also recorded a total of 13 sacks, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles, and a touchdown on the young season already. Week 4’s juicy matchup looks like one of fantasy owner’s dreams.
Cincinnati Bengals (20% owned) @ Cleveland Browns
While the Cincinnati Bengals offense has had a slow start on the season, the defense has kept them in ballgames. The first two games of the season were nothing special from a fantasy perspective but Week 3 showed us the Bengals’ defensive potential. At Lambeau Field, they held a dangerous Green Bay Packers attack to 27 points while recording 6 sacks and returning an interception back for a touchdown. A fantasy surprise in Week 3, the Bengals this week travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns. Rookie DeShone Kizer has been a bright spot at times, but he has committed his fair share of turnovers. Kizer threw three interceptions last week against a weak Colts defense, and has a total of seven on the year. The return of Vontaze Burfict should spark the Bengals defense into a top 10 fantasy performance.
Atlanta Falcons (30% owned) vs Buffalo Bills
My Atlanta Falcons fandom has finally come to one of my articles and I am not ashamed. Starting 3-0, the Falcons have continued to take strides defensively each week. Last week in Detroit, they found themselves at the mercy of Matthew Stafford’s arm at times, but managed to do enough to squeak out a victory. The loss of Vic Beasley will hurt the Falcons pass rush for a few more weeks, but this week they welcome a Buffalo Bills offense that has struggled to find an identity. Yes, they did beat a Denver Broncos defense last week, but the Atlanta offense should strike early and often, causing Tyrod Taylor to rely on his arm more than his legs. This should lead to problems in the Bills offense as the Falcons rank 25th against the pass but 10th against the run in the 2017 season.
Other Notables: New York Jets (2% owned) vs Miami Dolphins, Green Bay packers (52% owned) vs Chicago Bears