Every week we will bring you our advice on which signal-callers have the potential to help your fantasy teams win. We will look at the previous weeks’ performances, the quarterbacks’ supporting cast, the matchup, and smart statistical insights to offer you the clearest picture of which QB to pick up from your waiver wire.
The first week of the NFL season has come and gone with all the energy, drama, and fireworks we all expected, plus a few curveballs. The season has already claimed its first quarterback casualty, with Dak Prescott going down with a hand injury that will rule him out for at least six weeks. As fantasy managers scramble to replace one of the top signal-callers on the market, we will provide some suggestions below in our streaming recommendations for Week 2. First, let’s look at how we did in Week 1.
Our choices returned a solid fantasy haul in Week 1, with all quarterbacks achieving double digits and Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (21.66 fantasy points in Yahoo!) finishing as the seventh-highest scorer thanks to his late heroics against the Falcons. Winston fed his rejuvenated receiving corps, with Michael Thomas notching two receiving touchdowns and first-round draft pick Chris Olave another. Justin Fields (15.64 fantasy points) navigated a non-existent offense in the first half and the atrocious weather throughout in a home victory over the fancied 49ers, with his creativity and determination on show to turn just eight completions into 15.64 fantasy points. It was an exciting, matured performance that promises improvement. Trevor Lawrence (14.40 fantasy points) showed the promise we hinted at in our Week 1 article in the Jaguars’ heartbreaking late defeat to the Commanders, but in truth, he was his team’s downfall as he wasted an opportunity to seal the win with a couple of all-too-characteristic mistakes – holding onto the ball for a sack on third down taking the Jaguars out of field goal territory, then throwing a deep interception with the game on the line on fourth down. Finally, Matt Ryan (13.28 fantasy points) had his star receiver Michael Pittman Jr. to thank for saving what was a haphazard performance in his team’s tie against the spirited Houston Texans.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX at WAS||64%||14.40|
|Justin Fields, Bears||CHI vs. SF||63%||15.64|
|Jameis Winston, Saints||NO at ATL||46%||21.66|
|Matt Ryan, Colts||IND at HOU||44%||13.28|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 2. Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Jameis Winston, Saints||NO vs. TB||46%||17.66|
|Tua Tagovailo, Dolphins||MIA at BAL||23%||18.14|
|Carson Wentz, Commanders||WAS at DET||41%||18.41|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET vs. WAS||21%||17.50|
Jameis Winston, Saints at Buccaneers
After a lengthy injury layoff last season, Jameis Winston came back and had a rollercoaster of a time in Week 1, looking completely lost in a dreadful first half in which he finished 5-of-10 for 24 yards before galvanizing his team into a comeback win in the second half highlighted by a number of excellent throws. Veteran receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry showed excellent chemistry with Winston and became the catalyst for the comeback, while rookie Chris Olave was encouragingly involved. Winston was ecstatic at the end of the game and the energy he brings is infectious. With Thomas, Landry, Olave, and gadget-guy Taysom Hill as options, he should build on this confident Week 1 showing.
The Saints have a tough matchup in Week 2 down in Tampa Bay but that won’t change things in terms of the game plan. This receiving corps is legit and with Alvin Kamara offering an x-factor in the run game, Winston has all the tools to take it to the former Super Bowl Champions. He is the best longer-term option if you are looking to replace Dak Prescott.
CAN'T GUARD 'EM.
📺 FOX pic.twitter.com/hswfhNkr5q
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 11, 2022
“He’s a QB1”
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins at Ravens
If Week 1 taught us anything, it is that Tua Tagovailoa is the best option for the Miami Dolphins for their franchise quarterback. Tua linked up with nine different receivers and showed excellent camaraderie with his two elite options, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who both put up big fantasy numbers. As the Dolphins stretched out their lead, the run-heavy scheme took over, which is a concern for fantasy purposes. However, he completed 69% of his passes at 8.2 yards per attempt and has a receiving corps that can explode with big plays when needed. This is just the beginning.
The Ravens will be a tough matchup in Week 2 and the trip to Baltimore is also noteworthy as Tua has struggled away from Miami in his career so far. However, with Hill and Waddle firing on all cylinders, the Dolphins are staged to cause an upset.
Bama Boys back at it again 👀 @AlabamaFTBL @Tua to @D1__JW for the TD‼️
📺: Watch #NEvsMIA on @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/M0juJWnM7i
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 11, 2022
“The Lion King: Take Command”
Carson Wentz, Commanders at Lions
Nobody made more big-time throws in Week 1 than much-maligned Commanders signal-caller Carson Wentz. The former Eagles and Colts quarterback has pretty much been written off by the fantasy community, however, his four passing touchdowns and fantasy QB3 finish will have turned heads. When a quarterback who is only 13% rostered in Yahoo! leagues scores 30.72 fantasy points, everyone takes note. The emergence of Jahan Dotson, the first-round rookie selection who nabbed two receiving touchdowns to go alongside star wideout Terry McLaurin now gives Wentz a dual threat through the air.
The Lions were torn apart by Jalen Hurts and the Eagles last week to the tune of 38 points. A.J. Brown went off for 155 yards in the air and Wentz should have plenty of opportunity to pick and choose across the middle of the field. This could also go into shootout mode, another good thing for a streaming quarterback option.
JAHAN! What a grab 😤 @Commanders take the lead with just under 2 minutes left!
📺: #JAXvsWAS on FOX
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/mY4ew2vyFN pic.twitter.com/sQEH6LwfnR
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022
Jared Goff, Lions vs. Commanders
It’s the truth, Jared Goff is vanilla when it comes to fantasy football. Goff has limitations that he looks like never breaking out of, but he still has the quality to make a number of elite throws on a weekly basis. The fact the Lions have added a couple of exciting receiving options for him too makes Goff a viable fantasy option for a team that is as exciting to watch as the other team will likely find it easy to score points against them. The difference this year is that they can reply with their offense. Goff targeted his two main threats, Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark, at will and both hit the end zone with receiving scores. Now if T.J Hockenson can get going, this team can really take the next step.
The Commanders are strong up front so Goff will need to pepper his guys in the short-to-intermediate passing game, something he generally likes to do anyway, to be successful. He is a risky but worthy fourth choice this week.
Chark sighting in the end zone!#PHIvsDET | 📺 FOX pic.twitter.com/UHjOoVacn2
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 11, 2022
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Photos by Dolphins / Adapted by Shawn Palmer (@PalmerGuyBoston on Twitter)