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.
Week 2 was one of the most chaotic weeks the NFL has ever seen! To say it was a prolific quarterback week is an understatement – 10 QBs registered over 20 fantasy points, and two went over 40 points! One of those was our recommended streamer, Tua Tagovailoa (42.86 fantasy points in Yahoo!), who orchestrated a sensational comeback for the Dolphins in upsetting the Ravens in Baltimore. Tua threw six passing touchdowns and was as emphatic in style as he was productive in fantasy points. He jumped from 23% rostered to 63% rostered so this week will be your last chance to grab him off waivers. Carson Wentz (27.78 fantasy points) and Jared Goff (26.04 fantasy points) were our two other recommendations that balled out. Two quarterbacks who were written off by many in the offseason have shown good form in the early stages of this season. Goff in particular has been sharp with his read and quick to execute. Wentz has benefitted from aggressive play calling and some exciting young receivers trying to make a name for themselves. Both are solid options going forward to stream. The only dud this week was Jameis Winston (7.64 fantasy points), who we learned only minutes before the start of the game was suffering from small fractures in his back. Nevertheless, it was a tough matchup for Winston against a Bucs secondary that really stood up and played well against the Saints receivers. The injury is a worry, however, and we may need to temper expectations going forward for Winston in terms of fantasy.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Jameis Winston, Saints||NO vs. TB||46%||7.64|
|Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins||MIA at BAL||23%||42.86|
|Carson Wentz, Commanders||WAS at DET||41%||27.78|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET vs. WAS||21%||26.04|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 3. Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% rostered in Yahoo! leagues.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX at LAC||57%||15.97|
|Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers||SF at DEN||29%||15.70|
|Marcus Mariota, Falcons||ATL at SEA||13%||17.95|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET at MIN||33%||16.80|
“Sunrise For Sunshine”
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars at Chargers
After a promising display in Week 1 was spoiled by a late turnover, Trevor Lawrence showed significant improvement in Week 2, expertly closing out the win over the Colts. The former Clemson signal-caller threw for two touchdowns and led all quarterbacks in EPA per play and completion percentage over expected. The Colts were hapless and Lawrence would have hit 20 fantasy points if the Colts had mounted any kind of resistance. But, he didn’t need to. It was glaringly obvious that Lawrence was devoid of playmakers last year, but that looks to have been resolved judging by his chemistry with new addition Christian Kirk.
A potential shootout against the Chargers awaits, and Lawrence will need to be aggressive to keep up with the mastery of Justin Herbert. Expect fireworks, however, Lawrence needs to play a turnover-free game.
Trevor Lawrence to Christian Kirk!
Lawrence goes 8-for-8 on the TD drive 🔥
— NFL (@NFL) September 18, 2022
“Return To The Centre”
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers at Broncos
In our hearts, I think we all knew that Jimmy Garoppolo would be a starting quarterback in 2022. It only took two weeks, but Jimmy G is back in the saddle in Santa Clara after a nasty injury to Trey Lance ruled him out for the rest of the season at the very least. We know what we are getting with the vanilla quarterback and that provides a reassuring hug in the current volatility of the quarterback market. Over 37 games between 2019 and 2021, Jimmy G averaged a healthy 17.4 points per game. We’ll take that.
The Broncos in Denver isn’t the greatest matchup but it certainly isn’t the worst – the prospective return of George Kittle adds another attractive option to an already effective offense. Trust in Jimmy, even if the 49ers don’t in the long term.
— NFL (@NFL) September 18, 2022
Marcus Mariota, Falcons at Seahawks
Around the NFL‘s Gregg Rosenthal named Marcus Mariota as one of his top six running quarterbacks this week and if the first two weeks are anything to go by, we agree! Mariota has run 18 times for 88 yards and a rushing score to add to his exploits as a passer and that bodes well for fantasy purposes. The veteran quarterback looks to have a good handle of Arthur Smith‘s offense and this week’s matchup against the Seahawks, who have lost stars on the defensive side of the ball, is the prime reason to be optimistic.
The Seahawks looked porous last week against the 49ers and only a mild, conservative game from Kyle Shanahan spared Seattle of shipping more than 20 fantasy points to Jimmy G. The Falcons showed they can come back and battle last week, and after scoring at least 26 points in the first two games they have shown they can be competitive as well as fantasy attractive. Mariota could be in line for a breakout performance in Week 3.
Marcus Mariota keeps the play alive after falling down on 4th & Inches 😯
— NFL (@NFL) September 18, 2022
Jared Goff, Lions at Vikings
Last week I labeled Jared Goff vanilla. However, there are a few different varieties of the spice. Madagascan vanilla is richer in flavor than any other type of vanilla, offering a more luxurious taste. So, now I am labeling Goff exactly that. He’s got a little extra spice that makes him much more fantasy attractive. He’s also got Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is quickly becoming a fantasy starlet with his playmaking ability. Backed up by a two-headed monster in the run game, Goff now has better weapons than he has ever had at any time in his career and seems to have great chemistry with them all too.
The Vikings let Jalen Hurts run riot on the ground and through the air in Week 2 and the Lions won’t be afraid to sling it and expose this defense’s issues in coverage. He has the playmakers to hurt this team and the additional importance of the division game will likely have both teams gunning for the win. It should be a great matchup, and one Goff can excel in.
Jared Goff throwing dimes. pic.twitter.com/Olz4OQjiJN
— All Out Sports (@AllOutSportsPod) September 18, 2022
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Photos by Dolphins / Adapted by Shawn Palmer (@PalmerGuyBoston on Twitter)