Sneaky Starts: NFL Week 3 Streaming Options
Injuries starting to create holes in your lineup? Nick Raducanu lays out his favorite Week 3 streaming options to help fix the leaks.
Happy Week 3! I hope this article finds you as the proud owner of a 2-0 record.
2-0 or otherwise, you likely have some holes (or potential holes) to fill after an injury-riddled Week 2. I’ll make sure to tweet out updates as we get more news throughout the week, but this is shaping up to be one of those weeks where we need to dig deep for a spot-start or two.
As things currently stand, Amari Cooper, Josh Jacobs, Darrell Henderson, Diontae Johnson, Tee Higgins, Derek Carr, Baker Mayfield, and Ben Roethlisberger (just to name a few) all carry questionable tags. And we’ve already lost Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry for at least a week.
So let’s get to it and see if we can find some sneaky starts for Week 3.
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Week 3 Streamers and Sneaky Starts
Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos
Two weeks in a row here for Teddy. Despite missing Jerry Jeudy last week, he still threw for 328 yards and is now averaging close to 300 yards per game through the first two. With a matchup against a bad Jets secondary (sorry Jets fans, it’s true), Bridgewater is well-positioned to finish as a top-10 quarterback this week.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
I can’t believe I’m actually recommending Jones, but the man has been producing. And while it hasn’t always been pretty -- fantasy points count no matter how you put them on the board. Drawing a Falcons defense that has given up the most passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks through two games, Danny Dimes is worth a spot-start if you need one.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr...QB4?!? That’s where he currently sits among all fantasy quarterbacks. The matchup against a tough Dolphins secondary doesn’t have me jumping up and down to start Carr, but I think you pretty much have to ride the hot hand unless you have someone like Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, or Josh Allen.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons
No, you have not been transported to an alternate universe. I’m actually recommending Cordarrelle Patterson as a spot-start -- at running back. While Mike Davis has been incredibly average, Patterson has looked good to start the season and found the end zone on the ground and through the air last week. Going up against a Giants defense that has been giving up a lot of yards to running backs through two games (including J.D. McKissic last week), Patterson is a very solid flier this week.
Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders
Three weeks in a row on this list! After coming through for me in Week 1, Drake didn’t really rise to the challenge last week with Josh Jacobs out. I’m honestly not as concerned with whether or not Jacobs plays as I am whether or not Drake gets passing down usage. And he’s been getting it. While you won’t get bell-cow numbers out of Drake, he’s caught five balls in each of his first two games this season and is well worth a start in PPR leagues.
James White, New England Patriots
White looked like the best non-Damien Harris player on the Patriots roster last week. That’s an admittedly low bar that makes this Patriots fan sad, but still true nevertheless. White turned back the clock a bit last week in finding the end zone on the ground and has been a constant target of Mac Jones and his near-league low yards per attempt numbers. Similar to Drake, White should get plenty of usage on passing downs and is a very solid PPR play.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals
I’m not sure if he counts as “sneaky” after his coming-out party last week, but Moore should be started from now on until he proves otherwise. He’s just way too explosive to sit, and he has a great matchup against the Jaguars this week. I’ll wait while you go put him in your starting lineup.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
We may have a flip-flop of Patrick and K.J. Hamler from week to week while Jerry Jeudy is out, but last week was a Patrick week and I’m going to roll with the hot hand. He isn’t a high-ceiling player, but he’s seeing plenty of targets and has scored in back-to-back games. A juicy matchup against the Jets makes him close to a lock for me this week.
Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens
Watkins is settling into his role with the Ravens nicely, and he now has eight catches for 140 yards through two games. The only thing that worries me a bit is the Ravens could very likely blow out the Lions and not need to throw much. But there’s also a good chance Watkins is part of the scoring that leads to the aforementioned blowout, so I think he’s worth the risk if you need help at wide receiver.
K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings
I wrote about him in the FAAB column earlier this week, but Osborn is another receiver who has come out of nowhere to put up big numbers to start the season (12 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets). He’s third in the Vikings pecking order, but Peyton Manning...I mean, Kirk Cousins has been putting up big enough numbers to feed more than two mouths so far.
Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers
This probably shouldn’t count as sneaky, but I feel like a lot of people (hand raised over here) just wrote off Cook forever. That’s been a mistake thus far as he’s seen 13 targets in two games to start the season and has been a serviceable option amongst a sea of tight end mediocrity. The matchup against the Chiefs isn’t great, but neither are the other streaming options out there.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Doyle is a top-10 tight end through two games. Weird, I know. While I don’t think that will last, he’s going to continue to get plenty of looks (12 targets through two games) as the Colts wide receiving corps works through the injuries that have plagued them of late. The Titans are a tough on-paper matchup against tight ends after two games, but they also haven’t exactly faced an above-average (or even average) tight end yet.
Alright, my friends. That’ll do it for this week.
As always, don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter (@RadRoto) if you have any questions.
I wish you all the best of luck in Week 3, and I’ll see you back here next week to see if we can find some hidden gems for Week 4!