Streaming for Success: Week 1 Edition

By Anthony Reimer (@mrmeseeksff)

Football is finally back which means fantasy football is back to punch us in the mouth. Week one was a wild week. If you're one of the guys who had a rough start, don't despair. The first week or two of the season are usually full of variance as teams try to figure out their identities. FLAFFL will be here all season long to help you ride out that variance and make the necessary moves to bring home a championship this year. If you're an angry Andy Dalton owner, or you drafted Andrew Luck thinking he's only going to miss one week, you've come to the right place. At FLAFFL we preach waiting on QB, TE and DEF. I'll be helping you find the perfect waiver wire streaming options to pair with all of those stud RBs and WRs you were able to draft. No matter your league size there's always someone on the wire you can plug and play.  Though you may have to plug your nose while when setting your lineups.

Quarterback

10Man leagues- Carson Palmer

Week one didn't exactly go as planned for Carson Palmer. When streaming quarterbacks you have to forget what happened last week and trust the matchup. This week Palmer has one of the best matchups. The Indianapolis Colts are an embarrassment of a franchise. The sins Ryan Grigson committed during his tenure will be felt for years to come. In week one, the Colts allowed 27 offensive points to the Rams who were the fourth worst offense ever by DVOA last year. Even Jared Goff was able to light them up. Last year Indianapolis allowed 18.8 PPG to the QB and they show no signs of improvement. With David Johnson going down with injury, I expect the offense to rely more on the passing game. Palmer should redeem himself this week. I have him throwing for 300+ yards and a couple touchdowns.

12 man leagues- Sam Bradford

Bradford kicked off the season with a bang on Monday night throwing for 346 yards and three TDs and he looked more dominant than those numbers indicate. Those three touchdown passes are more than Rodgers, Brady, Wilson, Mariota, Brees, Dalton and Manning COMBINED! This is why you wait on QB. While New Orleans defense is pretty atrocious, Bradford made a lot of impressive throws. A full offseason to prepare in Pat Shurmer’s offense has done this whole team a lot of good. Add in impressive rookie Dalvin Cook and this offense has the potential to be much improved. Minnesota has a tougher matchup this week in Pittsburgh but I'm not concerned. Pittsburgh allowed 222 yards and a touchdown to rookie DeShone Kizer who doesn't have anywhere near the weapons as Bradford. Pittsburgh was seventh worst in the league in 2016 in allowing 19.7 PPG to opposing QBs. I don't expect Bradford to repeat his numbers from Monday night but he should get around 250-300 yards and two to three touchdowns in a game that could turn into a mini shootout.

14/16 man leagues- Jared Goff

I was skeptical of the notion that Goff would make a leap this season,but he looked a lot better in week one. Matchup aside, Goff has an assortment of new weapons and was able to spread the ball around effectively. Not to mention the gigantic upgrade from Jeff Fisher to Sean McVay from a play calling and scheming standpoint. The L.A Rams take on McVay’s old team in the Redskins who looked lost on defense in week one. This isn't a new trend for the ‘Skins. Washington allowed 17 PPG to opposing QBs in 2017. Second year quarterback Carson Wentz was able to pick the Washington secondary apart to the tune of 307 yards and a 96.8 passer rating. Goff should be able to throw for around 225-250 yards with a couple touchdowns making him a strong streaming option in deeper formats.

TE

10-12 Man Leagues- Charles Clay

One of my favorite deep sleeper TEs in the preseason, Clay did not disappoint in week one. Clay led the team with nine targets, catching four passes for 53 yards and a TD. Volume of that type is hard to find for any TE, especially off the waiver wire. This week the Buffalo Bills take on the Carolina Panthers who were second worst in the league last season allowing 13 PPG to opposing TEs. In an offense devoid of talent, Clay has the opportunity to finish as a top 10 TE this week and turn into an every week starter for your team.

14-16 man leagues- Jared Cook

As a guy that wasn't buying Cook at all this offseason his week one debut for the Raiders surprised me. Catching all five of his targets for 56 yards, Cook was regularly the third read on passing plays. The Raiders take on the Jets this week who just allowed Clay to have a nice game and allowed 11.6 PPG in 2016. With TEs in this range you're mostly hoping for a TD, and given Cook’s involvement in a high powered offense, he has as good a chance as any.

DEF/ST

10-12 Man Leagues- Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore made a clear statement on Sunday. The Ravens shutout a good Bengals offense in Cincinnati while only allowing 221 yards of offense. This week they take on the Browns and rookie QB DeShone Kizer. While Kizer was impressive on Sunday I'm not buying into him being a top QB just yet. If I can grab a defense off the waiver wire facing a rookie QB making his first road start, I'm going to do that every time. Baltimore is shaping up to once again be a good fantasy defense, not just for this week, but for the rest of the season.

 14-16 Man Leagues- Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are available in 96% of ESPN leagues and looked good in week one.  They kept a Titans offense that was getting a lot of offseason hype mostly in check. This week they draw a much easier matchup against the Jets. New York was only able to gain 216 total yards of offense and one TD against the Bills and they actually looked worse. The Raiders are a high upside play with virtually no chance of getting you negative points. Stream them with confidence.