Fantasy Football: Week 3 Streamers To Consider
I hope you came out victorious from your Week 2 matchups. Now it’s time to set our minds on getting the most points out of Week 3 by playing the streaming game! Are you worried about Joe Burrow’s calf injury? Is your current kicker playing a very defensive matchup with a low-scoring projection? Is your defense playing a top-tier offense? Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered. This weekly article will always provide solid streaming options to help your team score as many points as possible from the QB, K, and D/ST positions.
Let’s take a look at this week’s streamers and don’t forget to check Andy, Mike, and Jason’s weekly rankings and download the Fantasy Footballers mobile app to help you with any tough lineup decisions.
Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams (31% rostered)
The Rams are taking the fantasy world by surprise this season. Both Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford have been doing an amazing job with younger players such as rookie sensation Puka Nacua, Tutu Atwell, and even the RB Kyren Williams, whose involvement in the passing game is delightful for fantasy. Don’t be fooled by Stafford’s first two fantasy finishes. He has passed for over 300 yards in the first two weeks of the season against two tough defenses. He will now play the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Even without Cooper Kupp, Stafford is a great streaming option.
C.J. Stroud – Houston Texans (24% rostered)
We’re going back to the fantasy streaming well with C.J. Stroud. He was highlighted in last week’s streamers article as a solid streamer in favorable matchups due to DeMeco Ryans’ willingness to let the rookie air the ball out. The Texans might have lost against the Colts in Week 2, but the negative game script let C.J. Stroud get loose and the results were great. He passed for 384 yards and scored two TDs. The Texans will be trying to keep up with the score more often than not, which is great news for Stroud’s fantasy outlook. He is still widely available and about to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed more than 20 fantasy points to the QB position in their first two games of the season.
Russell Wilson – Denver Broncos (47% rostered)
It feels a little gross to include Mr. Unlimited in the list of viable QB streamers, but he might actually be one of the better options if you need a quarterback for Week 3. He had an amazing performance against the Washington Commanders in Week 2, completing 18 passes for 308 yards and three TDs, while also racking up 56 rushing yards. It seems like he still can be a dual threat, which is great news for a quarterback who is about to face the Dolphins. Miami might have been able to contain Mac Jones in Week 2, but they are still one of the better matchups for opposing QBs. If Russell Wilson plays as fiercely as he did against Washington, he will be a very solid streamer this week.
Baker Mayfield – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19% rostered)
Baker Mayfield was a very serviceable streamer last week and he will be again when he faces the Philadelphia Eagles. It might seem like a scary matchup, but the Eagles’ defense has been far from great. In fact, they have allowed the most points to quarterbacks during these first two weeks of the season. Baker is looking more confident every week and has built a great connection with his receivers, especially with Mike Evans, who has looked electric so far.
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings (84% rostered)
Yes, I’m aware that Captain Kirk is far more rostered than the rest of these streamers. But at this point, he shouldn’t be available anywhere. We all know he doesn’t have the highest of roofs and his consistency might be a problem down the stretch, but right now he is the QB1 and his Week 3 matchup is pure fantasy gold. He’ll play the Los Angeles Chargers in what is projected to be the week’s highest-scoring game. It will be an absolute shootout between two quarterbacks who are desperate to get their first win. So do your team a favor and take a look into your league’s waiver wire. You might be among the lucky 16%.
Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins (54% rostered)
Dolphins fans are not happy with Jason Sanders right now. He missed an extra point in Week 1 and two field goals in Week 2. But one of those field goals was 55 yards long and the other one was blocked by the Patriots in an impressive special teams play like I’ve never seen before. This week, Sanders will have a lot of opportunities to show how good he is in a home game against Denver. The game has a 48.5 over/under line and Miami is 6.5 points favorite, which means they’re expected to score more than 27 points. According to my streaming kicker categorization, there are enough reasons to consider Jason Sanders a green light this week.
Brandon Aubrey – Dallas Cowboys (4% rostered)
Rookie kickers are hot this season, and Brandon Aubrey’s NFL career is having a great start. He was perfect last week against the New York Jets, nailing five field goals and one extra point, which made him the number one fantasy kicker of the week. The Cowboys are heavy favorites against the Arizona Cardinals in a game where Dallas is expected to score 28.5 points according to Vegas. Another green light smash play at the kicker position.
Cameron Dicker – Los Angeles Chargers (32% rostered)
I promised myself to never include a Chargers kicker in this list, to avoid the frustration of seeing his opportunities turned into fourth down plays called by Brandon Staley. But this matchup against the Vikings is too good to pass up. 54 total points are expected to be scored in this game and the Chargers are favorites by only one point, which makes both kickers in this matchup very interesting streaming candidates. I would start Cameron Dicker confidently this week.
Greg Joseph – Minnesota Vikings (6% rostered)
Same game, opposing kicker. This matchup projects to be a very close shootout. Greg Joseph has been good so far this season, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to attempt enough field goals. He scored one in Week 1 and that’s it. Last week the Vikings scored a lot of points but all of them were touchdowns, which left poor Greg Joseph with four sad fantasy points. He should definitely bounce back up against the Chargers in what projects to be the highest-scoring game of the week.
Defense & Special Teams
Kansas City Chiefs (21% rostered)
The Chiefs’ defense contained the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense fairly well last week. They had one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and sacked Trevor Lawrence four times. They will face Justin Fields and the erratic Chicago Bears in Week 3, who have been one of the best matchups for D/ST so far. Both the Packers and the Buccaneers were among the highest-scoring fantasy defenses when they faced the Bears, so the Chiefs D/ST is a great option this week.
Seattle Seahawks (14% rostered)
After a very bad and unexpected season opener against the Rams, the Seahawks D/ST did a much better job against the Detroit Lions in Week 2. They sacked Jared Goff twice, recovered two fumbles, caught one interception, and even scored a touchdown. Now they have a very juicy matchup against the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed 12 points on average to the position. Starting D/STs against rookie QBs is usually a good idea, especially if said QB has been struggling during his first two weeks as an NFL starter.
New England Patriots (48%)
The Patriots started the season playing against two very tough offensive teams: the Eagles and the Dolphins. They will now face the New York Jets in what projects to be the lowest-scoring game of Week 3. With Zach Wilson as the signal caller, the Jets surrendered 16 fantasy points to the Cowboys last week. The Patriots’ defense has been dealing with some injuries, but the matchup and the 37.5 Vegas line make them a solid streamer with a safe floor.
New York Jets (72%)
The Jets D/ST is not as available as the rest of the options in this list, mainly because they are a very good defense. But after being destroyed by the Cowboys last week, they will be dropped in some leagues, so go and take a look after waivers clear on Wednesday morning. If the Jets plan to win this game, they will need to rely on their defense heavily. If it turns into a defensive matchup, New York will have the upper hand and their D/ST will make fantasy managers really happy.