2020 Fantasy Football: Week 2 QB Streamers
Quarterback is one of, if not the easiest position to stream week to week in Fantasy football. It’s a strategy used by many, especially if you waited on QB in your drafts and didn’t like what you saw in Week 1. Streamers are often based on matchup and projected game flow each week. For example, Tyrod Taylor was a name given as a streaming option for Week 1 by many due to his matchup and ability to provide a rushing floor. That did not go so well, but the process was correct. Most managers will stick with their drafted QB in Week 2 with the thought that it is too early to make any definitive statements on their ability to produce for the entire season. That’s understandable for some, but not all. Let’s take a look at some Week 2 QB Streamers who should have a good opportunity to warrant a start fresh off waivers.
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Week 2 QB Streamers
Ryan Tannehill, vs JAX – Ranking: QB16 (45% Rostered in Yahoo and 33% in ESPN)
While it may look like the Jaguars defense actually did not play that bad last week, that is mostly due to Philip Rivers’ poor play. This is not a good defense, it’s actually a very bad one. Tannehill has posted multiple touchdowns in 8 straight regular-season games dating back to last season. He also provides some rushing ability, finishing with 4 rushing touchdowns in his 10 starts in 2019. The reemergence of Corey Davis as well as the potential breakout of Jonnu Smith, to go along with the Titans number 1 weapon AJ Brown, should be plenty for Tannehill to continue his streak of multiple touchdowns.
It would be an understatement to say the kicking game for Tennessee struggled in Week 1. This leads me to believe we may see a slightly more aggressive approach in Week 2 and going forward. Derrick Henry saw 31 carries in week 1, you have to think this is something the team will try to dial back even a little bit. They will do so by trusting Tannehill and their successful play-action passing game, against a very exploitable matchup. Plug Tannehill in with confidence in Week 2 and if he has success, look at him in week 3 against an underwhelming Vikings defense.
Note: If AJ Brown does miss this game, I still believe the Titans will have enough scoring opportunities and be creative in their play calling to give Tannehill a playable floor. Keep an eye on that injury report.
Jimmy Garoppolo, @ NYJ – Ranking: QB13 (50% Rostered in Yahoo and 40% in ESPN)
I could really sum this up by just telling you to look at what Josh Allen did against the Jets in Week 1. Obviously, this is a favorable matchup. What most people don’t realize is that the Jets actually have a pretty solid run defense. Even with George Kittle banged up, I believe the 49ers will utilize their running backs in the passing game enough to move the ball consistently throughout a game they should dominate time of possession.
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Garopollo should also be getting one of his best weapons onto the field for the first time with rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk expected to return from injury. Keep an eye on the injury report to see if Kittle gets in some limited work in practice and can give it a go on Sunday. Regardless, there is a chance the Jets provide some resistance to the 49ers run game and they will need to lean on the passing game to get out in front in this game. Start Jimmy G as a streamer this week and if his weapons can get healthy, look for him to have continued success with upcoming matchups against the Giants, Eagles and Dolphins.
Jared Goff, @ PHI – Ranking: QB15 (63% Rostered in Yahoo and 39% in ESPN)
I get it, you probably don’t know why I would recommend someone who just threw for zero touchdowns and one interception. However, the Rams success on the ground in Week 1, especially in the red zone, should translate to some passing touchdowns going forward. In Week 2 the argument for Jared Goff is somewhat similar to the case for Garopollo in the sense that the run game should struggle against the Philadelphia Eagles. In watching the game, you could see that just about everything was there in the passing game except the touchdowns in Week 1.
The Eagles have some suspect corner play opposite of Darius Slay and are susceptible to giving up points to the tight end (See Logan Thomas Week 1). Look for Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett to be utilized in some heavy two tight end sets throughout the game and primarily in the red zone. You should see the team rushing attempt total come down from the 40 attempts in Week 1, translating to some solid volume for Goff. I love his opportunity in Week 2 if you are looking to pivot from someone like Drew Brees or Matthew Stafford without their number one targets.
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