Streaming Spotlight – Week 3 QB & TE
September 20, 2016 | Chris Manni
As exciting as Week 1 was, Week 2 was a bloodbath. The injury bug infested potential fantasy stars such as Adrian Peterson, Danny Woodhead, Doug Martin, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Donte Moncrief. Additionally, fantasy hopefuls Arian Foster, Jonathan Stewart, Thomas Rawls, Rashad Jennings, Ameer Abdullah, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Josh McCown went down as well. As the week progresses, we will get more information on the severity and length of time missed for each player. In the meantime, we all need to shake off the bad news and prepare for Week 3. Luckily for most of you, here are a few great QB and TE Week 3 streaming options with less than 50% ownership on NFL.com.
Matt Ryan (NFL.com Ownership: 28.8%) vs NO
Do you know who is the #1 scoring player on NFL.com through the first two weeks? You probably guessed it from the subtitle. When someone is available in more than 70% of leagues with the start Matt Ryan has had, and the next opponent is the New Orleans Saints, you need to jump on board. For those who were burned last year by Ryan, it is time to put that aside and realize the current opportunity. Admittedly, it was hard to tell if Matt Ryan looked as good as his Week 2 stats (396 yards, 3 TDs) indicate or the Raiders defense is simply that bad. Either way, New Orleans is up next for Matty Ice, and I expect fireworks on Monday night. Considering how poorly both defenses have been playing, Vegas has high offensive expectations with an over/under of 53.5. This represents the highest projected total score of any game in Week 3. Grab Matt Ryan and start him with confidence.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Matt Ryan over Russell Wilson vs SF, Eli Manning vs WAS, and Blake Bortles vs BAL
Joe Flacco (11.4% Owned) vs JAX
Similarly to the Raiders, Jacksonville’s defense came into the year with expectations of dramatic improvement. Similarly to the Raiders, the defense has come up short of those expectations thus far. The Jags defense looks unorganized and unsure, leading to breakdowns and blown assignments. For a team with these symptoms, the cure is not the downfield-attacking Ravens. Joe Flacco and boys will look to take advantage of a team who has allowed the fifth most points to quarterbacks through two weeks.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Joe Flacco over Kirk Cousins @ NYG, Tyrod Taylor vs ARI, and Jameis Winston vs LA
Ryan Tannehill (7.0% Owned) vs CLE
You know when young children are having a rough time and they just need a hug or their security blanket? For example, you may know Linus from the Peanuts comic strip. Things get hard and he grabs a big chunk of blanket. This year, the Browns defense is the NFL’s version of a security blanket. They make things right when it seems like everything is going wrong. There is little pass rush to cover up for the even less talented secondary. Fast forwarding to Week3, I expect Adam Gase to focus on getting Tannehill and his passing attack going with question marks in the Dolphins backfield.
Bottom Line: I have Ryan Tannehill as my eighth ranked QB this week sandwiched between Ryan and Russell Wilson.
Eric Ebron (28.1% Owned) vs GB
Apparently, I like Eric Ebron more than the rest of the world. With Ebron’s current ownership level, it is fair to wonder if Ebron’s mother even owns him in her leagues. Heck, does he even own himself? If you don’t believe in Ebron yet, I expect you will after Week 3 when the Lions visit the Packers. Ebron is clearly one focal point of the Lions’ pass-happy attack and had a penalty negate his second touchdown in as many weeks. There are a number of positive indicators for Ebron in Week 3: his production so far this year, Matt Stafford’s improved efficiency, Jim Bob Cooter’s West Coast style passing attack, and a Packers defense that has allowed the third most points to tight ends through two weeks. Throw all that in a stew and enjoy the sweet, tangy taste of fantasy football success.
Bottom Line: I have Ebron ranked as the eighth tight end in Week 3 and hope that he continues to ascend into a top-five tight end as the season progresses.
Dennis Pitta (5.9% Owned) vs JAX
Some quick stats through two weeks about Dennis Pitta…
1) He is tied for third in the NFL for tight end targets.
2) He is tied for first in catches for tight ends with household names such as Jordan Reed, Jason Witten, and Greg Olsen.
3) He is second in receiving yards for tight ends, only behind Greg Olsen.
I understand the sample size is small, but Pitta has taken a leading role in Baltimore’s deep group of receivers. This is important because last year the Ravens led the league in pass attempts and are top ten through two weeks in 2016. To me, the magic number of targets from my tight ends is 105 each year. I want to get that level of opportunity whether I have a top tier tight end or am streaming different players every week. Pitta may be able to provide that opportunity for very little cost.
Bottom Line: For disappointed Coby Fleener and Gary Barnidge owners, invest in Pitta now as a mid-late TE1 for Week 3 and beyond.
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