Week #3 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! For those of you that didn’t follow this weekly series last season, here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers – Two weeks now we’ve seen Darnold put out strong performances as his stint with Carolina gets underway. Week 1 was against the Jets, which might not be the ultimate barometer, but he showed up again in Week 2 against a strong Saints’ defense. Through two games he’s passed for 584 yards and 3 TDs with only 1 interception and looks to have found a nice home in Joe Brady’s offense. Being able to dump the ball of to Christian McCaffrey isn’t so bad either. Carolina visits a reeling Houston Texans team as 7.5-point road favorites. Trevor Lawrence put up a solid fantasy day in Week 1 against Houston, and the Browns only threw the ball 21 times against Houston in Week 2, but Baker Mayfield was very efficient with his opportunities. I think Darnold has another solid day at Houston.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – To say the first two weeks have been rough for Atlanta would be an understatement. After getting manhandled by Philly in Week 1, they took another beating at the hands of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 2. This week Atlanta takes on a Giants’ defense that just made Tyler Heinicke look like an all-star. Through two week the Giants are allowing 287 passing yards per game to opponents and don’t generate a ton of pressure, averaging only 1.5 sacks per game so far. The game has a mildly high Over/Under at 45.5 points so I think Ryan can be trusted in line-ups this week.
Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles – Electric rookie Kenneth Gainwell immediately took over the #2 role in the backfield behind Miles Sanders. Gainwell has been used around the goal line and as the Eagles’ third-down back. The Eagles take on Dallas with a 51-point Over/Under, so I expect a high volume of scoring, and especially passing, in this game. In Week 1, Fournette and Bernard combined for 7 catches, and in Week 2 the Chargers’ RBs combined for 11. Seems like Dallas is giving up opportunities to pass-catching RBs, so I expect Gainwell to get a good amount of work this game.
Latavius Murray, Baltimore Ravens – After the Ravens suffered an incredible number of injuries to the RB room to start the year, they brought in Latavius Murray, recently cut by the Saints. Murray has only seen 10 and 9 carries in the first two games respectively but should see a slight uptick in opportunities as he gets more acclimated to the offense, and he seems to be the preferred RB option on the goal line. Baltimore goes up against Detroit, one of the league’s worst rush defenses in a game the Ravens are favored by 9. If you’re in a pinch this week, Murray has a decent chance at double digit carries and a touchdown.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals – Moore is another electric rookie who exploded on the scene in Week 2, receiving 8 targets, 7 catches, 114 yards and a score. His offense usage jumped way up in Week 2, going from 29% of the snaps in Week 1 up to 46%. This week Arizona is a heavy 7-point favorite against Jacksonville with a 52-point Over/Under. Kyler Murray has been borderline unstoppable, while the Jags can’t seem to stop anyone. They’ve allowed almost 300 passing yards per game and rank near the bottom of the league in yards per attempt and completion percentage allowed. The Jacksonville secondary isn’t very good, combined with a white-hot Kyler Murray, Rondale Moore has a good chance to build on his momentum in Week 3.
Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars – On the other side of the ball, Marvin Jones has been the best receiver on the Jags through two weeks. He’s averaging 10 targets per game and has scored in each game so far. Jacksonville is a big underdog in this one, but the game has a high Over/Under, so I expect a lot of throwing from the Jaguars. After smothering the Titans in Week 1, the Cardinals defense came back to expectation and got lit-up a bit by Kirk Cousins. Likely trailing for most of the upcoming game, I expect Lawrence to accumulate a ton of passing attempts and yards, so another 9-10 targets is a good bet for Marvin Jones.
Jared Cook, Las Angeles Chargers – There should be an abundance of scoring as the Chargers face off with the Chiefs, and the highest Over/Under of the week at 55.5 points. Cook has seen a decent number of targets so far, 13 through two weeks, and the Chiefs have surrendered the 10th most points to the TE position. So far, the Chiefs have allowed 100% touchdown rate on defensive redzone possessions, combined with the high scoring expectations, makes Cook a decent bet to score a TD this week.
Evan Engram, New York Giants – Having been sidelined the first two weeks, expectation is for Evan Engram to make his debut in Week 3. The Giants take on the Atlanta Falcons who have had a hard time stopping anyone, and especially Tight Ends. In Week 1, the Eagles’ Tight Ends combined for 6 catches, 71 yards and a score, and then in Week 2 Rob Gronkowski had a 2 TD game. Atlanta is allowing 260 passing yards per game and is allowing a touchdown on 87% of red zone drives so far. Again, this game has a nice Over/Under at 48 points, and Daniel Jones has averaged about 34 attempts per game, making Engram a nice TE streamer this week if he suits up as expected.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.
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