Week 2 was a disaster in terms of injuries. From Saquon Barkley to Christian McCaffrey, there was no shortage of big names going down. That makes these names all the more important. Each week this column will analyze a player at each position rostered in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues or less. This group of players is basically a dream stream team. For reference, the threshold used for Wins and Losses in this article will be if the quarterbacks can score 15 plus points, such as Gardner Minshew, who will look to keep “Minshew Mania” alive on Thursday Night Football, and if the rest can score 10 plus PPR points. Here is the stream team for week three.
Week 3 Stream Team: Gardner Minshew, Joshua Kelley, and More
Week 2 Recap
- Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) @ TB – 13.68 points – L
- Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) v NYG – 15.20 points – W
- Gardner Minshew (JAX) @ TEN – 28.46 points – W
- Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 4-2
- Jerick McKinnon (SF) @ NYJ – 13.70 points – W
- Chris Thompson (JAX) @ TEN – 11.70 points – W
- Frank Gore (NYJ) v SF – 6.30 points – L
- Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 3-3
- Mike Williams (LAC) v KC – 3.40 points – L
- Allen Lazard (GB) v DET – 7.50 points – L
- Parris Campbell (IND) v MIN – 0.70 points – L
- Totals – Week: 0-3 / Year: 2-4
- Logan Thomas (WAS) @ ARI – 6.60 points – L
- Chris Herndon (NYJ) v SF – 1.50 points – L
- Jack Doyle (IND) v MIN – 0.00 points – DNP
- Totals – Week: 0-2-1 / Year: 0-5-1
- Grand Totals – Week: 4-7-1 / Year: 9-14-1
Week 3 Stream Team
Quarterback – Gardner Minshew (JAX – 46%) v MIA
Minshew Mania is in full swing once again and boy is it glorious. Gardner was one of my most hyped players before the season started and was a feature as one of my bold predictions. There’s so much to love about Minshew not only as a player but as a fantasy option too. So far he’s been getting it done almost entirely through the air, which is a great sign, but he also has sneaky rushing ability as well that can give you a boost any given week. This week he gets to face a soft Miami Dolphins defense in primetime on Thursday Night Football. The mustache man is a great option in Week 3.
the three QBs leading the NFL in completion percentage above expectation through week 2 are Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, and Gardner Minshew, just like we all expected
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 21, 2020
Running Back – Joshua Kelley (LAC – 50%) v CAR
Kelley is just barely eligible to be featured here. The rookie has had a nice start to his career so far filling the “Melvin Gordon” role admirably. He doesn’t have a big role in the passing game, but the Los Angeles Chargers have used him heavily on the ground. In Week 1 he had 12 carries and got in the endzone. In Week 2, he wasn’t quite as efficient but the leaned on him for 23 carries! He’s currently tied for sixth-most carries in the NFL. This week he gets a hapless Carolina Panthers defense that can’t stop a nosebleed. Currently sitting as the RB25 in PPR formats, Kelley should have a nice game in Week 3.
Wide Receiver – Corey Davis (TEN – 42%) @ MIN
Sometimes the obvious answer ends up being the correct one. This entire off-season everyone tried to figure out who was this year’s “DeVante Parker.” Corey Davis seemed to be the most obvious and popular answer. Both have high-end draft capital and talent. Both dealt with injuries and inconsistency early in their careers. Davis might be at the beginning of his delayed breakout. It’s still early but he’s put together two nice games to begin the season. Teammate A.J. Brown seems questionable at best to suit up in Week 3 and if he sits again, Davis could see another good target share. It doesn’t hurt that he gets a Minnesota Vikings defense that has been the epitome of 2020 to this point.
Corey Davis WR ranks after Week 1:
🔹 82.1 PFF Grade (10th)
🔹 72 REC YDS off play-action (T-1st) pic.twitter.com/Tk7V8GcpxI
— PFF (@PFF) September 17, 2020
Tight End – Logan Thomas (WAS – 30%) @ CLE
This one didn’t work last week but I’m going right back to the well here in Week 3. Despite not producing, Thomas saw another high target total (9) last week. He now ranks third in the NFL among all tight ends in targets behind only Darren Waller and Travis Kelce. That level of target volume is hard to ignore, especially down at these roster percentages. He also gets a nice matchup this week against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have weaknesses at the linebacker and safety positions. So far both the Ravens and Bengals were able to take advantage, targeting the tight end position early and often and I expect Washington to look Thomas’ way a lot as well.
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