Two weeks of NFL action are officially in the books, but this didn’t come without a good amount of injuries. Seemingly every team lost at least one important playmaker, which means the quarterback waiver wire should be busier than ever. Looking around the league shows that players like Ryan Tannehill and Gardner Minshew offer the best chance of positive performance moving forward.
Ryan Tannehill, Gardner Minshew Highlight Fantasy Football Week 3 Quarterback Waiver Wire Streams
Tannehill was magic last year, but everyone expected him to come back to Earth in 2020. After all, there was a long period of time in Miami where he never developed into anything more than a ‘fine’ starter. After two weeks, however, it looks like regression won’t hit. Tennessee’s quarterback played out of his mind last week, recording 239 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions on 24 passing attempts. He did this without A.J. Brown around and should be a solid starter all season long.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t tank as long as Gardner Minshew is at the wheel. The former sixth-round pick is silencing all the doubters, most recently throwing for 339 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions while adding an additional 19 yards on the ground. Minshew is able to go blow-for-blow with opposing quarterbacks in a shootout, and Jacksonville’s terrible defense ensures that every game will be a shootout. He’s one of the safer plays around and is a great streaming candidate moving forward.
Playing Mitchell Trubisky is like taking cold medicine. You feel sick before and after, it doesn’t feel good, but it’s something that ultimately can help you in the right situation. Chicago’s quarterback had another serviceable outing last week, recording 190 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions to go along with 16 yards on the ground. This type of outing, while obviously not great, is the type of performance that you can deal with if you’re in a pinch. He has a decent shot of putting up another one of these outings in Week 3 against an absolutely atrocious Atlanta Falcons defense.
Nick Mullens Without Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo suffered an ankle injury and couldn’t finish Week 2’s contest against the New York Jets. As of this posting, we don’t know the exact severity of the ailment. However, if he misses time, fantasy owners can turn to Nick Mullens in a pinch. The former undrafted free agent actually has some experience under center, earning a few spot starts back in 2018. While he’s obviously not the second-coming of Joe Montana, he’s a perfectly competent quarterback that can thrive under an offensive genius in Kyle Shanahan.
Mullens didn’t do much in Week 2, but that’s only because the game was already out of hand by the time Garoppolo suffered his injury. That shouldn’t be the case in Week 3, as the banged-up 49ers face off against a New York Giants team that can move the ball through the air. They also can’t stop the ball through the air, so Mullens should be able to take advantage of what very well could be the worst secondary in football.
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