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2018 Fantasy Football Week 3: Stream Team

Welcome back to the Stream Team, our expendable waiver wire pieces that come together to form a super duper team of streamers. Sure, I would have loved more out of Week Two Stream Teamers Tyrod Taylor (15.44) and T.J. Yeldon (8.10), but overall the Stream Team enjoyed another solid week. I think all we need is a particular kind of “magic” to find great success. So let’s not dwell on the past and focus on present matchups, and get to Week 3’s edition of the Stream Team.

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Update 9/22 @ 12:15 P.M.: With Dalvin Cook sidelined at practice through Thursday, Latavius Murray (RB, Minnesota Vikings, 43% Yahoo ownership) vaults into the top end RB2 conversation with a cake matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Projected as a 16.5 point home favorite, the Vikes could bench even a healthy Cook in order to get him extra rest and rely more on the ground and pound Murray as Minnesota sticks to the run game in a 3+ score game.

Quarterback

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22% Yahoo ownership)

Who is the Number 1 scoring fantasy quarterback through two weeks (and player for that matter)? Easy question. Everyone knows Ryan Fitzpatrick  is the league’s 2018 MVP already, and everyone else is just playing for second place. FitzMagic has thrown for over 400 yard and 4 touchdowns in each of his first two starts in 2018, and now welcomes a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that just allowed over 325 passing yards and 6 (yes, six!) touchdown passes to Patrick Mahomes. Good luck getting the starting gig back, Jameis Winston. If Fitz does not throw for over 600 yards and 7 touchdown passes I will consider the Stream Team a big failure.Image result for ryan fitzpatrick

Running Back

RB1: Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (27% Yahoo ownership)

The “must add” of Week 3Giovani Bernard will take control of the Cincinnati Bengals backfield for at least the next two weeks (and likely longer) with Joe Mixon sidelined due to a knee injury. We have seen Bernard save the day in the past (as early as just last year) where he put up borderline RB1 numbers in relief of injured starters. With the Bengals offense clicking on all cylinders right now, look for Bernard’s versatility as a runner and pass catcher to vault him into the RB1 conversation each week Mixon remains out.

RB2: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (44% Yahoo ownership)

The clear cut RB2 in the Chargers backfield, Austin Ekeler will not let Melvin Gordon rain on his parade. Receiving at least 10 touches and totaling at least 98 yards in each of his first two contests, Ekeler remains one of the best handcuff options in the game, and now can be played with confidence in your Flex. With the Chargers a touchdown underdog in the Battle for LA against the Rams, look for Philip Rivers to target his shifty utility knife early and often, and watch Ekeler rack up the fantasy points.

Wide Receiver

WR1: DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (49% Yahoo ownership) 

What would FitzMagic be without his most explosive weapon. DeSean Jackson is currently experiencing a career resurgence under the black magic powers of Fitzpatrick, catching all 9 of his targets for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns, good for a modest 30.6 yards per catch average. I think that will regress at some point, but I cannot be sure given Fitz’s wardrobe selections (had to throw another pic of him in). Jackson’s breakaway speed (5 20+ yards receptions) has been a major factor in the Bucs offense this year, and that should not change given not only his talents but also the continued stellar play from WR1 Mike Evans. The Steelers couldn’t defend Hellen Keller in the daylight right now, so another 100+ yard performance cannot be ruled out for DJax.

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WR2: Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (49% Yahoo ownership)

I wanted to shout it from the top of a mountain. But I didn’t have a mountain, all I had was Word Press and the best damn fantasy football website this Earth has ever seen. Keenan Cole currently ranks first on the Jags in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, and second in targets. And just last week he painted a masterpiece, catching 7 of 8 balls for 116 yards and a touchdown. In Week 3, Jacksonville welcomes a Tennessee Titans squad that just allowed 20+ fantasy points to both DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. With an overmatched secondary and a potentially hobbled Leonard Fournette, Sacksonville could rely more on the arm of Blake Bortles and his connection with Cole.

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Tight End

TE: Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (17% Yahoo ownership)

After posting a solid 5-59-1 touchdown game last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, I am officially stating that Austin Hooper drives the tight end boat, chief. His big 6’3″, 250 pound frame allows Hooper to create separation, while also providing punishing force to defenders. With Matt Ryan possessing a full array of weapons, Hooper could be left free to roam in a game with a high 53.5 projected game total.

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Flex

Flex: Tedd Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints (41% Yahoo ownership)

Did you say 53.5 points? Well let’s double down! Ted Ginn Jr. ranks behind the super duo of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in all relevant receiving stats, but do not let this speedster go unnoticed. His 13.7 yards per catch pace the way for the Saints, and all it takes is one for Ginn to make your fantasy day worth while. With a shootout brewing, look for Ginn to find room in an overmatched Falcons secondary.

Kicker

K: Dan Bailey, K, Minnesota Vikings (11% Yahoo ownership)

After missing three field goals last Sunday, the last of which (a 35 yarder) would have defeated the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings waived Daniel Carlson and signed the NFL’s second best kicker in terms of conversion percentage, Dan Bailey. The upgrade for a Vikings team with Super Bowl aspirations is massive, and I fully expect Bailey’s big boot to be where it was at the prime of his career.

Defense

DST: Cleveland Browns DST (7% Yahoo ownership)

In what may be the worst Thursday night game in the history of Thursday night games (and maybe even the worst professional football game of all time), the New York Football Jets take on the Cleveland Futile Browns. The game’s projected total of 39 would indicate a defensive affair, and with the Jets traveling to Cleveland, they only have an implied team total of 18. The Cleveland Browns DST has racked up 7 sacks and forced 8 turnovers so far, so expect those totals to increase against rookie Sam Darnold.

And that’s a wrap for Week 3 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Tuesday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at [email protected] or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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