Fantasy football streaming pickups Week 3: Taking a chance on Trevor Lawrence?

    Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

Need a last-minute pickup to round out your Week 3 roster? We’re going to identify fantasy football pickups specifically for those of you seeking streaming options in deeper leagues. These are players that were available in at least 50% of ESPN Fantasy leagues (ahead of the standard waiver window on Tuesday night) and who could still be as of Friday morning, and who have enticing Week 3 matchups that make them worthy of consideration for your lineups.

While you might notice some overlap with Eric Moody’s pickup column that publishes on Mondays, an important distinction is that the options mentioned in this column are focused solely on this week’s matchup and not the players’ values for the remainder of the season.

This was a tough week to find a bunch of viable streaming options. But we did target a couple quarterbacks in here, one who has shown considerable growth under new coaching. And I looked at two wide receivers who could be in a position to create explosive plays in the pass game on Sunday. There’s an available defense with a good matchup in here, too.


Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Chargers; 49.8% rostered)

Lawrence just sneaks under our designated roster percentage of 50%, and I do think he will be a waiver wire add for fantasy managers this week. Now, I don’t love the matchup against the Chargers. Los Angeles has a strong pass rush and the ballhawks in the secondary. However, in a game where the passing volume could increase for Jacksonville, you can upgrade Lawrence due to his improved mechanics in a system that is creating positive (schemed) throws for the second-year quarterback. Lawrence posted 18.3 fantasy points in the Jaguars’ Week 2 win over the Colts. He’s thrown at least one touchdown in both games played this season. Pederson will sprinkle in some designed carries, in addition to the rushing yards Lawrence can log on scramble attempts. If you are streaming to replace Dak Prescott and can’t pick up Jimmy Garoppolo, then the Jags’ quarterback is an option heading into Week 3.

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