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Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks to stream in Week 3

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This early in the fantasy football season, you probably should not be streaming, but if your plan was to do that all along, the quarterback position is the one where you’re going to be going early on. Here are three streaming candidates for this week. All streaming candidates in the All Stream Team articles are owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues, with one player being owned in less than 10% (for you deep divers).

Ryan Tannehill versus Cleveland (43%)
So far this season, quarterbacks going up against Cleveland are averaging 290 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. That’s not too shabby, especially when you consider one of those guys was Carson Wentz in his first ever start. Tannehill had a rough week one against Seattle (but who wouldn’t) and managed 387 yards, two scores, and two picks last week. That was good for the #4 overall QB last week. He will be without Arian Foster, which means they’ll likely lean on the passing game more. He has top-five upside against Cleveland.

Joe Flacco at Jacksonville (29%)
For the third straight week, Joe Flacco is on the All Stream Team. It has been a rough go for Flacco this year, especially considering he had two interceptions last week and had to dig himself out of a hole. Still, his 18.18 fantasy points last week was only three points off a top-ten pace, meaning that if you went out and snagged Flacco for free, you weren’t too disappointed with his production last week. Now he moves on to Jacksonville, who have given up seven touchdowns to quarterbacks over the first two weeks of the season. Just like Tannehill, Flacco is going to benefit from a questionable running game as Justin Forsett and Terrance West act out the most feckless running back by committee you will see. Flacco is going to feast Sunday, and he’s out there in nearly three-quarters of leagues.

Deep Dive:

Brian Hoyer at Dallas (2%)
After Jay Cutler had gone down with a hand injury on Monday Night Football, Hoyer stepped in and performed decently enough. He hit nine-of-twelve passes for 78 yards. That yard per attempt is a bit troublesome, but if you’re looking for a spot start QB this low, Hoyer is your guy. We all think of Hoyer falling apart in the playoffs last year, but he played decently well down the stretch last year. In his last eight games, he averaged 228 yards, nearly two scores and less than an interception a game. Very workmanlike numbers. Those are Alex Smithian numbers, but Hoyer is owned by only a handful of leagues. His WR situation is not unlike he had with DeAndre Hopkins last year, as there isn’t a ton of proven talent behind Alshon Jeffery. The Cowboys have allowed at least 19 fantasy points to both of the quarterbacks to play them this year. He’s probably better suited as a hail mary punt play in DFS, but if you’re desperate, Hoyer is there for you in 98% of Yahoo! leagues.

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