2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Quarterback Streaming

by Nick Spencer
2021 Fantasy Football Late Round Quarterback Targets

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Quarterback Streaming article!

Ouch, what a week. The lack of preseason really showed its effects as players of every position dropped with injuries left and right. If your fantasy team somehow managed to come out of this week unscathed, congratulations, you are the chosen one. 

If you followed the advice in last week’s article and benefited from Jared Goff and Gardner Minshew’s QB1 performances (QB11 and Q12 respectively), well done. Hopefully, you didn’t have to resort to my bargain bin recommendation of Philip Rivers who ended up disappointing as QB26. 

There are some great matchups on the docket this week and the Monday Night Football battle between the Chiefs and Ravens should be football at its best. If you don’t happen to have Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes, fear not, as I have identified some sparsely owned QBs for you to plug into your lineup to help you bring home the W in Week 3.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Quarterback Streaming will highlight QBs owned in under 50% of NFL.com’s leagues.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Quarterback Streaming

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Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (49.8% Owned)

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Three weeks of NFL football and three appearances on the best QB Streamers list for Gardner Minshew. Evidently, it’s taking fantasy players some time to buy into Minshew as a fantasy option. 

He had another great week and still finds himself owned in just under 50% of NFL.com leagues. I imagine that will change after this week’s performance.

Minshew threw 45 times, completing 30 passes for 339 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in a three-point loss to the Tennessee Titans. Quite a step down from the 95% completion rate he had in Week 1, but the volume more than makes up for it.

Here’s a stat: Gardner Minshew and Mitchell Trubisky currently have more combined points than Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson (81.76 to 80.58). Minshew is currently the QB11 on the year with one less point than Lamar and three fewer than Patrick Mahomes. 

He has earned more respect from the fantasy community than he is getting.

The Matchup

The Jacksonville Jaguars get the pleasure of hosting the 0-2 Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. 

The Dolphins have allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, as they have been torched by Cam Newton in Week 1 and Josh Allen in Week 2. 

Dolphins starting cornerback Byron Jones has been ruled out with a Groin/Achilles injury which is a huge boost for the Jaguars offense if DJ Chark ends up playing. Chark is currently questionable for Thursday with a chest/back injury. 

Fantasy owners everywhere are hoping that Chark can play. However, even if he doesn’t I still think Minshew is a great option for your fantasy team this week. 

I mentioned it last week too but just a reminder: Minshew could be more than a one-week rental. His upcoming schedule has some juicy matchups.

Minshew is currently ranked as the QB15 in our consensus rankings, and I feel more than comfortable starting him under the bright lights of prime time football.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (34.8% Owned)

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Jared Goff is also making his third appearance in as many weeks in my streaming article. Fantasy owners who stuck with Goff despite his bad Week 1 performance were rewarded for their bravery with a QB11 overall finish.

Goff completed 20 out of 27 attempts for 267 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-19 stomping of the Philadelphia Eagles. Remember what I said last week about the positive touchdown regression? Looks like it has finally come.

Goff was able to hook-up with Tyler Higbee for three scores in a pretty comfortable win for the Rams. The Rams were able to run the ball all game long, accumulating 191 yards on 39 attempts, which meant that Goff didn’t have to do too much in terms of volume.

I expect that to be much different this week as the Rams’ running back room is a bit beat up. Malcolm Brown just had finger surgery and hopes to play this week while Cam Akers left the game last week with a rib injury and his status is unclear.

The Matchup

The Los Angeles Rams go on the road this weekend to take on the 2-0 Buffalo Bills. 

The Bills are the other reason I expect Goff’s volume to be bumped up. The Bills have looked great to start the year, albeit against poor competition. I expect them to keep the game close, forcing the ball into Goff’s hands more often.

The Bills have also allowed the ninth most points to the tight end position this year, so look for Goff to target Higbee early and often.

Minshew is still my first choice for a streamer this week, but Goff is a fine play in a pinch.

Bargain Bin Option

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (1.8% Owned)

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Ryan Fitzpatrick makes the list in the bargain bin section this week, meaning I am more than happy to play both sides of this Thursday Night Football Matchup.

Fitzpatrick very nearly led the Dolphins to a win over the Bills last week, coming up just three points short despite completing 31 of 47 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick’s great game came on the heels of a terrible performance in Week 1 where he had three interceptions and finished as the QB32 on the week. However, we can forgive this performance as it was against the stout New England Patriots defense. 

Be warned though, while the ceiling is extremely high, his floor is very low.

The Matchup

As mentioned, the Dolphins get to travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars this week, in what should be a high-scoring affair in prime-time.

The Jaguars just allowed Ryan Tannehill to light them up for four touchdown passes last week, after surrendering 363 passing yards to Philip Rivers in Week 1. They currently allow the 9th most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

If you are in a deeper league or two-quarterback league look no further than Ryan Fitzpatrick to help you secure an early lead on Thursday night.

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