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Fantasy Football Week 3: Stream Team

Trying to capitalize on my success from Week 1, my Week 2 streamers provided some solid performances. Jared Cook saw a good amounts of targets (6) but disappointed by failing to score a touchdown in a game in which Carr threw three touchdown passes and the Raiders scored 45 points. The bane of my existence, Phil Dawson, once again inexplicably missed an indoor chip shot, this time from 42 yards to win the game. Although he ended up costing us two points, he nailed the game winner in overtime, producing a solid 10 points. And lastly, the Tennessee Titans DST wreaked havoc on the Blake Bortles led Jaguars, forcing three turnovers and two sacks. People love targeting the Jets and Browns this year, and rightfully so. But do not be afraid to pick against the Jaguars opponent when all other options fail.

As a quick note, you will see a little format change to this article. I will no longer be picking just a tight end, kicker and defense streamer each week. Rather I will pick an entire team compromised of the following: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, K, D. The rules are simple: I will be basing my selections off half point PPR, and each player cannot exceed 50% ownership. I believe whole heartedly in streaming and, with the proper research and attention to detail, there are always a few plus performers hiding in your waiver pool. Daunting I know considering, among other reasons, how all the two QB leagues will dilute the options I can choose from. But we strive for greatness here and we are always up for a challenge. I will keep a running tally for each player’s point total, that way you can all make fun of me come season’s end when my streaming kicker averages 6 points per game. So let’s take a look at those diamonds in the fantasy league waiver wire rough that can help you win this upcoming Week 3.

Quarterback

QB: Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins (29% Yahoo ownership)

Smokin’ Jay Cutler is back! Yeah, he only threw for 230 yards and 1 touchdown, but he did not turn the ball over. Shocking I know. Maybe the sure handedness of Jarvis Landry (caught 13 of 15 targets) finally convinced Cutler he does not have to go Brett Favre every play and gunsling the ball downfield. Either way, with a plethora of weapons (Landry, Jay Ajayi and DeVante Parker, to name a few) look for Cutler to continue building chemistry with his talented, explosive group, leading Adam Gase’s offense once again. Oh, and the Dolphins play the Jets (20.50 points allowed to quarterbacks). More on the Jets ineptitude below.

Running Back

RB1: Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (30% Yahoo ownership)

In who could turn out to be the most popular Week 3 waiver wire add, Chris Thompson provides quite a bit of upside in his upcoming matchup against the offensive-minded Raiders. With Rob Kelley potentially missing time with a rib injury, Thompson profiles as a dual threat, a Ty Montgomery lite, who could really thrive alongside the pass-happy Kirk Cousins under center. Samaje Perine (21 carries) led the Redskins running backs in touches Week 2, but Thompson (106 vs. 67) beat out Perine in yards, targets (7 vs. 1), receptions (3 vs. 1) and touchdowns (2 vs. 0). With the Redskins profiling more as a passing offense, look for Thompson to play a key role Week 3 against the Raiders in a potential shootout.

RB2: Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (44% Yahoo ownership)

Predictably, with the Philadelphia Eagles phasing LeGarette Blount out of the offense (he played 6 of 72 snaps Week 2) and Wendell Smallwood continuing to unimpress, the door seems wide open for Darren Sproles to lead the Eagles backfield. Sproles paced the Eagles backfield, seeing 50 out of a total 72 snaps, leading all Philly running backs in carries (10), yards (48), targets (4), receptions (2) and receiving yards (30). Proving to be the most effective running back on a fast-paced, pass heavy offense (Carson Wentz ranks third in pass attempts with 85), Sproles could once again become a factor in fantasy leagues with his dual running and receiving abilities.

Wide Receiver

WR1: Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (1% Yahoo ownership)

With Corey Coleman suffering a broken hand Week 2, the Brown’s receiving squad will limp into Week 3 led by Rashard Higgins. Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Higgins operating as the Browns WR1, leading them in receptions (7), targets (11) and yards (95). Kenny Britt still does not appear to be anywhere close to the same page with DeShone Kizer, catching just 2 balls on 5 targets for 15 yards. As the clear lead dog in the Cleveland dog pound, look for the rookie quarterback Kizer to hone in on and develop this budding relationship, making Higgins a juicy matchup against a hapless Colts defense.

WR2: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (16% Yahoo ownership)

We could be poised for a shootout Sunday in Detroit as the Falcons visit the Lions.  And what better way to exploit such a matchup than by streaming the Falcons team leader in targets. What? Yes, you read that correctly. Through two games, Mohamed Sanu leads all Atlanta receivers in targets (15, to Julio Jones 14). I am obviously not claiming Sanu is a better option that Julio. I am not that crazy. But given the attention defenses pay to Julio and the two-headed monster in the backfield, Sanu could roam wild Week 3 against a mediocre defense. Look for Ryan to target Sanu and take what the Lions defense gives him in this high-scoring affair.

Tight End

TE: Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (5% Yahoo ownership)

With so few skill players on the Chicago Bears roster, quarterback Mike Glennon just needs some consistency and stability in his life. While he has yet to eclipse 42 receiving yards this year, Zach Miller appears to be the security blanket for Glennon, who has seen a whopping 15 targets (second on the team only to Tarik Cohen) through two games. Now they have yet to connect on a score this year, but in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this upcoming Week 3 you’d expect Glennon and the Bears to call for quite a few passes. Expect the Bears to play from behind early Week 3 and watch Glennon pepper one of the only skilled playmakers in his receiving corps.

Flex

Flex: J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (20% Yahoo ownership)

The Cardinals offensive is a disaster. Carson Palmer looks old. David Johnson is injured.  Larry Fitzgerald finally is showing his age. But with a big matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at home, expect this bunch to put their best foot forward, disregard the running game, and throw early and often. And with John Brown potentially missing a few more games, look for J.J. Nelson  to once again take over that void at WR2. Last week, Nelson took advantage against a mismatched Colts defense, torching them to the tune of 5/120 with a touchdown. The speedster will look to take advantage of a Cowboys defense intent to take away Fitzgerald and who just allowed Trevor Siemian (22/32, 4 touchdowns) and Emmanuel Sanders (6/62, 2 scores) to carve them up.

Kicker

K: Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs (40% Yahoo ownership)

Normally I like to stay indoors for my kicking streamers. The dome always provides an extra 5 or so yards on every kick, and a little extra accuracy given the neutralization of the kicking conditions. However, after watching the recently cut Cody Parkey score 15 fantasy points against the LA Chargers, let’s go a different route this Week 3. The Kansas City Chiefs are scoring in bunches this year, averaging 34.5 points through their first two games. Given the Chargers defensive woes, expect the Chiefs to continue their offensive role, with ace kicker Cairo Santos (84.6% career field goal percentage) piling up the points.

Defense

D: Miami Dolphins DST (4% Yahoo ownership)

Tis the season! The inept New York Jets square off against the Miami Dolphins DST Week 3 in what should be another ugly performances by the green men. In two games so far this season, the Jets (averaging a meager 15 points per game) allowed both opposing defenses (Buffalo and Oakland) to score 9 fantasy points: a respectable, consistent number that will not win you a week, but won’t hurt you at all. This week, with a dearth of defenses to choose from (especially because our other favorite options to stream against, the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts, play each other), Miami provides a solid floor play against the turnover prone and unaware Josh McCown (3 turnovers, 5 sacks this year).

And that’s a wrap for Week 3 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Thursday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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