I’ll be honest, I love Blake Bortles. Not just this week, but in general, I like this kid. Coming in at half time against the Colts, Bortles was able to put up numbers that were comparable to him playing all four quarters. In that game he had an average depth of target of 9.6 with four of his 24 attempts going 20+ yards. Bortles also averaged 0.72 fantasy points per drop-back. The Chargers just allowed EJ Manuel to throw for 238 yards and one TD against them. Bortles has some respectable weapons with Allen Robinson, Cecil Shorts and Allen Hurns.
The RotoViz GLSP App has an optimistic projection for Bortles this week against an unimpressive Chargers defense. I’ve submitted claims for Bortles in all of my redraft leagues already. I’m ready to see what he can do.
This could be a week to lock and load the Amish Rifle into your lineup as he’s currently the No. 12 QB in fantasy football. He’s tied with Aaron Rodgers and ahead of Andy Dalton. He’s been quietly efficient for a guy who went undrafted, averaging 0.56 fantasy points per drop-back, which is tied for third best in the league with Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins. The Bills have allowed at least 19 fantasy points to QBs in two of their three games this year.
He doesn’t have the healthiest projection with the GLSP App, but he does have some decent receiving options and the Bills are allowing 267.3 passing yards/game which is sixth worst in the league.
Bridgewater’s play on Sunday was nothing to write home about. Although, it’s probably not ideal to see your first regular season action as a rookie, on the road at the Superdome against Drew Brees. The Vikings ran a rather conservative offense after Bridgewater entered the game. He had an average depth of target of 6.4, which actually the same as Cassel’s through 2.5 games. The Falcons defense is coming off of a week where they just scored 28 points, but that game was at home and I’d give the credit of that score to more of the horrid play by Tampa Bay compared to the Falcons defense. With six teams on bye this week, streaming options are limited. I don’t think Bridgewater will sling the ball around for 300+ this week, but he won’t turn the ball over either and he may add some points with his legs. If you’re desperate, he’s not a bad option.
Despite the concerns of being benched, I don’t think Ryan Tannehill is a bad option either against the Raiders this week. I’d prefer Tannehill to Bridgewater this week if the rumors of his benching don’t come to fruition.
How I Rank Them
1. Blake Bortles
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick
3. Ryan Tannehill
4. Teddy Bridgewater