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 3 is considered by many as one of the worst fantasy football weeks of all time and that transferred to the quarterback position – only six quarterbacks achieved a score of 20 fantasy points or above. One of those was our number one recommended streamer, Trevor Lawrence (25.18 fantasy points in Yahoo!). Lawrence finished as the third-best fantasy scorer on the week and looks to have shaken off the stink of Urban Meyer to become a once and future king of the position. Doug Pederson has him saddled up and ready to kick on in a suddenly dynamic Jacksonville offense that put a sorry Chargers defense to the sword. Still only 58% rostered, like Tua before him this will your last chance to grab him on waivers before he’s snapped up. Marcus Mariota (15.56 fantasy points) and Jared Goff (14.88 fantasy points) put in respectable performances and finished inside the top 16 in terms of fantasy production. Mariota in particular looks to be an interesting week-to-week play as a dual-threat option. Goff started out on fire before stuttering after the break as injuries to De’Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown limited the Lions’ ability to make big plays against an improved Vikings defense in the second half. Only Jimmy Garoppolo (9.44 fantasy points) threw up a dud in the 49ers’ dreadful 11-10 defeat against an equally ineffective Broncos offense. Jimmy G was horrendous, as was Kyle Shanahan‘s play calling, and actually pulled an “Orlovsky” while also throwing a pick-six on the same play. Impressive!
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars||JAX at LAC||57%||25.18|
|Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers||SF at DEN||29%||9.44|
|Marcus Mariota, Falcons||ATL at SEA||13%||15.56|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET at MIN||33%||14.88|
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for Week 4. 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 PHI||57%||17.45|
|Marcus Mariota, Falcons||ATL vs. CLE||22%||17.25|
|Geno Smith, Seahawks||SEA at DET||9%||17.87|
|Jared Goff, Lions||DET vs. SEA||45%||18.37|
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars at Eagles
This boy is for real. Trevor Lawrence has been lights out in Doug Pederson‘s offense so far this season and his ability to stay in the pocket and pick targets at every level has shown out. His three-touchdown performance against the Chargers to snap the Jaguars’ losing streak away from home was top-notch. Lawrence now has five passing scores and zero turnovers in the past two games and his chemistry with his receivers is blossoming.
A tough Eagles defense awaits in Week 4 but where they could be vulnerable is over the middle and that’s where Lawrence has been dealing to Christian Kirk and Zay Jones – plus the Lions put up 30+ points on them in Week 1. Trust in Trevor!
Charged up.@Trevorlawrencee -> @MarvinJonesJr#JAXvsLAC on CBS pic.twitter.com/ARS7UB8kl2
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 25, 2022
“Run Marcus, Run!”
Marcus Mariota, Falcons vs. Browns
The Atlanta Falcons edged past the Seattle Seahawks at the weekend to move to 2-1 and the confidence is high with Marcus Mariota executing Arthur Smith‘s offense to a level that has become fantasy relevant. Mariota hit Kyle Pitts and Drake London more than in previous weeks and that’s an encouraging sign. He’s also notched two rushing scores in the first three weeks. That upside is enough for us to take a punt on him again against the Browns in Week 4.
Superman dive into the endzone.
📺: @FOX5Atlanta || NFL+ #ATLvsSEA || #DirtyBirds pic.twitter.com/hffLNrl0bN
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 25, 2022
“…And he can pass!”
Geno Smith, Seahawks at Lions
Look, never in a million years did I think I would be considering Geno Smith for this article. But, he’s earned it. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have become focal points for Smith in this offense and that should be a positive for the coming weeks with Smith really improving his accuracy and decision-making.
Plus the matchup against the Lions’ secondary is one we can’t look away from. The Lions have shipped points and penalties all season and it cost them the game against the Vikings in Week 3. Smith went head-to-head with Mariota for the Seahawks and came away with his best fantasy score of the season. He now gets a Lions defense that is giving up the third most points at the position so far in 2022. Roll on Geno!
Geno Smith on 🔥 to start this game
📺: #ATLvsSEA on FOX
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/4z1s6QOg5w pic.twitter.com/UWmJfT9mn1
— NFL (@NFL) September 25, 2022
Jared Goff, Lions vs. Seahawks
We continue to roll with Jared Goff despite a lackluster display in the second half against the Vikings. Goff has shown over the first few weeks that he can be productive as a fantasy quarterback thanks to a good offensive line, a run game that moves the sticks, and playmakers at receiver. A lot of that success comes on play-action, with Goff completing 64% of his passes and throwing for three touchdowns. That should be decisive against a Seahawks defense that generally plays single and double-high zone coverages. Amon-Ra St. Brown has excelled in catch-and-run situations, and there were even signs of life for T.J. Hockenson last week. There is a lot to like about this offense, and the matchup in Week 6 at home.
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Jared Goff. #onepride pic.twitter.com/pEYE4TrCE0
— and I never slice. (@bushwood_c) September 25, 2022
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