Written by Anthony Reimer, Writer and Contributer, @reimeras on Twitter and @mrmeseeks on the Fantasy Life App
Carson Wentz at DET, ownership percentage: 34
Many people were skeptical of the Eagles’ performance the first two weeks, I was one of them. After defeating the lowly Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, I wasn't ready to believe they had transformed into one of the best teams in football. In week 3, Philadelphia answered their critics with a 34-3 beat down of the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Philadelphia’s defense may have been the most impressive part of that game, the Carson Wentz led offense was no slouch with Wentz throwing for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns. Doug Peterson has been impressive with creative play calling that gets the ball out of Wentz’s hand fast and gets his skill players in space, while also trusting Wentz to take shots downfield. This week Wentz plays the Detroit Lions who allowed 300 yards and 2 touchdowns last week to Brian Hoyer and a previously struggling Chicago Bears offense. With two weeks to prepare, Wentz seems locked and loaded as a top ten quarterback play, and could remain there for the rest of the season.
Brian Hoyer at IND, ownership percentage: 3.9
In the two weeks that Brian Hoyer has been the starting quarterback, he has been a top 12 QB both weeks. While Hoyer isn't a very good real life quarterback, this shows he is good enough to take advantage of the right matchup. The Bears also believe this as they have been non-committal when asked if Cutler would get his job back when he is healthy enough to play. Hoyer was one of my favorite quarterbacks to stream in 2015 since he isn't afraid to take shots downfield and let his receivers make a play. With the emergence of Eddie Royal and Zach Miller since Hoyer took over the starting job, he has no shortage of weapons to help make those plays. Add that to Jordan Howard, who looked much more explosive than Jeremy Langford and you have the makings of a pretty good offense in Chicago. Which is nice, because Chicago has a banged up defense that wasn't very good to begin with. However while the Chicago defense is bad, Indianapolis’s defense is atrocious, allowing 331 yards of total offense and 30 points to a previously struggling Jacksonville offense. Indianapolis has been decent vs number 1 receivers through week 3 with Vontae Davis being the only quality contributor on defense, but they rank 30, 32 and 28 vs other receivers, tight end and running backs so I expect the aforementioned Royal, Miller and Howard to get a lot of looks on Sunday. While Hoyer isn't the long term answer in Chicago, he should be locked and loaded as a great option this week. Plus you get the added benefit of beating your friend with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, and that's always a good feeling.
Deep League Dart Throw
Trevor Siemian/ Paxton Lynch vs ATL, ownership percentage: 27.8/0.8
So I'm kind of cheating here, but at time of this writing, I don't know who the Denver starting quarterback is going to be and I don't think it really matters. When Siemian left late in the second quarter on Sunday, Denver fans had to of been both excited and nervous to see their first round pick step behind center. I have to say, the kid did pretty well passing for 170 yards and a touchdown in the second half. His mobility wasn't exactly on full display last week, but he showed in college that he can make plays with his legs and could ass 30-40 yards on the ground. One thing Gary Kubiak had been good at throughout his coaching career is designing a game plan that highlights his quarterback’s strengths and diffuses his weakness. After all, this is the man that made us believe Matt Schaub is a good quarterback, and helped Brock Osweiler get a $70 million contract from the Houston Texans. This week the Denver Broncos play the Atlanta Falcons who have been white hot on offense but have allowed an average of 317 passing yards this season. Siemian, and especially Lynch, should be available in most 16 team redraft leagues and whichever one of them starts should finish as a top 14 quarterback with much higher upside if this game turns into a shootout.
Hunter Henry at Oakland ownership percentage: 32.5
When San Diego took Hunter Henry at the top of the 2nd round, most analysts were puzzled. Sure Henry was a nice tight end prospect, and Antonio Gates is getting older, but San Diego had much more pressing needs than tight end, especially on the offensive line. While those needs still exist, San Diego seems to have found their tight end of the future. In the two weeks that Henry had started at tight end, he's scored 7 and 14 fantasy points and has been targetted 5 and 7 times. This has always been an offense that heavily features the right end and that doesn't seem to be changing much. I view Henry as a low end tight end 1 both this week and moving forward as long as Gates is out.
Cameron Brate at Carolina ownership percentage: 9
They say when God shuts a door, he opens a window. Unfortunately for Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, that window was opened for Cameron Brate.Brate received heavy hype in the preseason as ASJ fell behind him on the depth chart, but during the first two weeks he seemed like he was destined to share snaps with the troubled player. Now that they've cut Jenkins, Brate is the tight end one and second receiving target on a team that should throw he ball a lot this season, especially while Doug Martin is out with a hamstring issue. Jameis showed in college that he is fond of throwing to the right end as Brate has received 18 targets over the past two weeks, catching 10 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Brate is in that 8-14 class of tight end, but has more potential than most of them to have a Gary Barnidge-like breakout season.
Deep League Dart Throw
Garett Celek vs Oakland ownership percentage: 0.2
This is mostly dependent on whether or not Vance McDonald plays. The Chip Kelly offense, and Blaine Gabbert have targeted the tight end heavily in the past and even with McDonald out, that still seems to be the case. Celek caught all five of his targets for 79 yards on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Celek’s upside is capped by a mostly conservative offense and playing a defense that may be coming in angry after their performance on Sunday, so he is mostly only in consideration in deep PPR leagues. However, if you are in a deep PPR league and waited on tight end, you could do worse than Celek as a one week fill in and his 0.2% ownership shows that he's most likely available.
Buffalo at Los Angeles ownership percentage: 36.7
I'm personally not buying into the offensive resurgence of Los Angeles Rams. They still have Case Keenum at quarterback and Jeff Fisher as their head coach. Even if you are buying into them being a somewhat effective offense, they're still a decent offense to stream against. Since there week 1 destruction by the San Francisco 49ers, they've allowed 8, 8 and 7 points to opposing defenses. Buffalo is a safe defense with high upside, capable of scoring 8 to 20 points depending on how generous Case Keenum is.
Deep League Dart Throw
San Francisco vs Arizona ownership percentage: 2.8
This is 100% dependant on whether or not Carson Palmer plays. If Palmer doesn't play, I like the 49ers as a high upside defense in what should be a sloppy Thursday game. Drew Stanton hasn't played significant snaps since 2014 and the last time he did he threw for 5 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in eight starts.