Giana Pacinell provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings and for Week 4 of the 2019 fantasy football season.
To borrow from the MLB 2019 slogan: Let The Kids Play. Week 3 of the 2019-20 football season was a week of starting debuts.
Some took full-advantage of the opportunity. Daniel Jones silenced critics who chastised the Giants all offseason for drafting him sixth-overall, by overcoming an 18-point deficit to lead his team to their first victory of the season with 300+ passing yards and four touchdowns. The comeback was the second-most by any rookie quarterback making his first career start, behind only Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2005 (21-point deficit), and the largest comeback by the Giants in 49 years.
Others showed their rookie-stripes. Luke Falk completed just 55% of passes for 98 yards and an interception in the Jets loss to the Patriots. Falk was sacked five times and never saw the red zone. Sam Darnold should return after their bye week. Mason Rudolph’s stat line (174-2-1) may seem sufficient, but if not for the 76-yard touchdown by JuJu Smith-Schuster (attributed mostly to Smith-Schuster) the stats would show a more telling tale – the Steelers are in trouble. Josh Rosen, though not a rookie, took his first snap as a Miami Dolphin on Sunday as well. While it’s hard to judge him and his stats with a tanking team, there may be an opportunity to use him at some point this season when he has a good matchup, for those in a bind.
And we can’t have a Week 3 recap without acknowledging the greatest show on wet grass that was Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes. While the Chiefs came out on top, football fans of all forms should be hoping for a rematch come January.
As for my picks, Josh Allen continued to impress, leading the Bills to their first 3-0 start since 2011 with a 64% completion percentage. Allen is averaging 23 fantasy points per game since Week 12 of last season, tied for second best among quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Jacoby Brissett began his afternoon with 16 straight completions and finished it with 300-plus passing yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. While Jimmy Garoppolo’s turnovers largely negated his 277 passing yards and touchdown for fantasy owners, he did take his team on a game-winning drive to defeat the Steelers.
The bye weeks are here! The bye weeks are here! First up are the Jets and 49ers. And while we still juggle quarterback injuries, the need to stream is alive and well.
Week 4 Quarterback Rankings
|1||Russell Wilson||at Arizona|
|2||Dak Prescott||at New Orleans|
|3||Patrick Mahomes||at Detriot|
|4||Lamar Jackson||vs Cleveland|
|5||Deshaun Watson||vs Carolina|
|6||Matt Ryan||vs Tennessee|
|7||Kyle Allen||at Houston|
|8||Carson Wentz||at Green Bay|
|9||Jacoby Brissett||vs Oakland|
|10||Josh Allen||vs New England|
|11||Philip Rivers||at Miami|
|12||Tom Brady||at Buffalo|
|13||Kyler Murray||vs Seattle|
|14||Andy Dalton||at Pittsburgh|
|15||Case Keenum||at NY Giants|
|16||Aaron Rodgers||vs Philadelphia|
|17||Daniel Jones||vs Washington|
|18||Gardner Minshew||at Denver|
|19||Marcus Mariota||at Atlanta|
|20||Matthew Stafford||vs Kansas City|
|21||Jameis Winston||at LA Rams|
|22||Jared Goff||vs Tampa Bay|
|23||Baker Mayfield||at Baltimore|
|24||Mason Rudolph||vs Cincinnati|
|25||Teddy Bridgewater||vs Dallas|
|26||Josh Rosen||vs LA Chargers|
|27||Derek Carr||at Indianapolis|
|28||Kirk Cousins||at Chicago|
|29||Joe Flacco||vs Jacksonville|
|30||Mitchell Trubisky||vs Minnesota|
2-QB Pick of the Week – Jacoby Brissett vs Oakland
Ownership (Yahoo): 28%
Ownership (ESPN): 19.3%
Jacoby Brissett has had multiple touchdowns in every game so far this season and just put up 310 passing yards against Atlanta. With the Colts sitting at 2-1, Brissett has risen to the occasion after Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement. And for fantasy owners who may have drafted Luck prematurely, those who managed to secure Brissett have enjoyed a minimum of 16 points per game.
The Week 4 matchup at home against the Raiders should position Brissett for another productive fantasy outing, regardless of T.Y. Hilton’s injury status. The Raiders have allowed 62 points over the last two games and forced just two punts on Sunday.
Still just 19.3% rostered in ESPN leagues, Brissett will follow up this week’s outing versus the Raiders with another favorable matchup in Kansas City before heading into the bye week. If he’s still available, Brissett is a favorable 2-QB option with a high ceiling.
Favorite Streamer – Daniel Jones vs Washington
Ownership (Yahoo): 53%
Ownership (ESPN): 15%
Daniel Jones — perhaps the most underrated 6th overall pick in NFL history — is admittedly my streamer pick this week, because of just one week. I’m not the only one, considering 53% of Yahoo owners have already scooped him up.
From his humble beginnings as a harshly criticized draft pick to breaking multiple records in his first career start for the depleted and rejected NY Giants, he’s ready to take on the already reeling Washington football team. Some such records include being the first quarterback since 1950 to have two passing and two rushing touchdowns in his first career start.
The record we enjoyed most is that the 41.6 fantasy points he put up in Week 3 tops the most by any rookie quarterback in their first career start. Will that momentum lead into Week 2? If it’s going to happen against anyone, it would be agains Washington. All three quarterbacks that have faced Washington’s pass rush this season (Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Mitchell Trubisky) have thrown for 220-plus yards and three touchdowns.
Jones will be put to the test in the weeks following — against Minnesota and New England — but has a fairly easy schedule overall for those still struggling from Drew Brees/Ben Roethlisberger losses.
Bounceback Candidate – Matthew Stafford vs Kansas City
Ownership (Yahoo): 52%
Ownership (ESPN): 38%
Is Matthew Stafford becoming a more desirable fantasy option because of so many other quarterback injuries or because he himself is finally healthy again? After playing through much of 2018 with a broken back, Stafford has quietly posted modest fantasy numbers this season — totalling 831 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in the first three weeks. Though he is not Patrick Mahomes, he will face off against him at home this week.
While Kansas City’s defense is no cake walk — they’ve forced four turnovers in the last three weeks — Stafford will have to throw early and often to keep up with Mahomes. Coming off a big win against the Eagles, Stafford is a prime streamer this week. He is, however, likely a one-week play. The Lions have their bye week next week followed by matchups against Green Bay and Minnesota.
Strength of Schedule Streaming App – Week 4
Check out the Strength of Schedule Streaming tool for more options and the opportunity to look for multi-week plays. This is Week 4.
Note: Ownership and projected are referenced from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup.
View the complete Week 4 GLSP set of projections (PPR, Half PPR and Standard) in the GSLP app.