Week 3 Fantasy Streaming Adds: Cases For Rostering Daniel Jones, Panthers Defense & More
Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Giants quarterback Daniel Jones.
“Streaming” quarterbacks, defenses and kickers has been a fantasy football strategy I’ve successfully used for years.
I’ve parlayed that success into a series of weekly recommendations of the top streaming options at those three positions as well as tight end — a position I don’t recommend streaming week-to-week, though still offer recommendations for fantasy players who may need a short-term rental.
Note that these players are rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, but that these recommendations do not mean that they are the best streamer play for your league — be sure to check my up-to-the-minute rankings to see who the best available player is in your league.
Giants QB Daniel Jones vs. ATL
The first two weeks were a bit rough for streaming QBs. We have yet to see a QB ranked inside my top 12 available in more than 50% of leagues.
However, Week 3 provides us with a few high-end QB2 options to choose from. Jones has the highest upside of all streaming options and gets my pick this week. He has rushing lines of 6/27/1 and 9/95/1 in the first two games, which has helped fuel his hot start as the QB5 overall.
Jones’s top-five start is even more impressive considering he has faced two quality defenses in Denver and Washington. Week 3 presents a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Falcons. His passing production should see a boost in the future as he develops chemistry with WR Kenny Golladay and gets TE Evan Engram back.
Panthers Defense @ HOU
The Panthers are the clear Week 3 streaming option for defense. They rank No. 1 in DVOA after two games and get to face a Davis Mills-led Texans team on a short week. If there were ever a time to bid a few FAAB to rent a defense for a week, it is now.
Broncos K Brandon McManus vs. NYJ
The Broncos are 10.5-point home favorites against the Jets, which means McManus should see plenty of scoring opportunities. In addition, whenever he plays at home at Empower Field at Mile High, his odds of attempting a 50+ yard field goal are elevated.
Chargers TE Jared Cook @ KC
I am going back to the well with Cook this week for streaming purposes. He had a go-ahead TD called back on a ticky-tack penalty, and it cost him what could have been a big game. Nevertheless, Cook begins the week as my TE12 and has a high ceiling given the potential shootout environment against the Chiefs.