With all of the new draft strategies coming into play these days, many of you are likely to have at least 1 position that you are going to stream. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the streaming strategy in fantasy, it basically means that you will take a position and start a different player from the waiver wire every week in hopes of finding good matchups. People use the streaming strategy for a few reasons:
- They loaded up on other positions in the draft
- There is legitimate reason to stream the position because of the nature of the position (kicker)
- Their starter(s) got injured and now they are left picking up whatever they can get
- Bye week fill-ins
Whatever the reason may be, The Fantasy Authority will be here to help you out with those weekly lineup decisions all season. As always, if you have any questions, reach out to us on Twitter using the #askTFA hashtag and we will answer your questions as soon as possible. You can also reach out to me on Twitter @leagueedge as I will be fielding all fantasy questions throughout the season, especially weekly streaming plays.
Each week, (specifically on waiver wire Tuesday) we will be giving you suggestions for people likely to be found on the waiver wire at every position that may be worth a streaming play. So without further ado, let’s get cracking on our week 1 picks!
When taking a look at the quarterback pool out of the draft, there is a ridiculous amount of talent at the position. Unless you play in a 2-QB or Superflex league, there will likely be a couple starters on the waiver wire every single week worth streaming. This week’s picks:
Alex Smith (KC) – The Chiefs may be without a healthy Jamaal Charles week 1, but they are playing a San Diego Chargers team that was in the bottom-half against the pass in 2015. Smith has a safe floor, but he won’t win your week for you alone.
Brock Osweiler (HOU) – The Texans are matched up with the Bears, who were atrocious against the pass last year. Their run game may be improved, but there are still some major question marks around the Bears secondary. Osweiler looked sharp in the pre-season, so if you are already desperate at QB, he is worth a look as a streaming play.
Shaun Draughn (SF) – This pick is better if you play PPR as Draughn will mostly see 3rd-down work for the Niners. Draughn played well when starter Carlos Hyde went down with injury last year, so look for him to snag a handful of passes against a Rams front-7 that will be keyed in on making Hyde’s game very difficult.
Robert Kelley (WAS) – If you didn’t read my #ManCrushMonday piece, click here. If you did, then you will know why Kelley has a shot to receive a decent workload against Pittsburgh, and that volume alone could make him worth a “what the heck” play.
Eli Rogers (PIT) – It appears that Rogers won a starting slot job over the physical freak, Sammie Coates. That is a great thing if you can snag Rogers still. The Steelers have one of the most high-powered offenses in the league, so anybody starting for them is worth a look.
Rishard Matthews (TEN) – The Tajae Sharpe hype train is out of control. The Titans shouldn’t have great success against one of the more stout front-7s in the league, so pick up Matthews and watch him get you enough catches this week against Minnesota to make him worth a flex play.
Kenny Stills (MIA) – I threw out a hot taek on the Dynast Life Pod. (fantastic content, so listen here) That hot taek was that Kenny Stills will be a flex-worthy play all season long. He has apparently vaulted himself ahead of DeVante Parker as the WR2 in the new Adam Gase offense and is a threat to score on any play. Tannehill will need to take a couple shots to have a chance against Seattle, and you can bet he will look Stills’ way. If you are weak at receiver, he is a pickup you may want to hold on to.
The tight end pool has yet to shake itself out, but many TE2’s are on the waiver wire all year. There are a ton of names to take a look at, but here are some that might have that big game right off the bat:
Clive Walford (OAK) – For whatever reason, Walford is owned in only 17.1% of ESPN leagues, but if you punted the tight end position in your draft, he is a fantastic option. He is especially interesting this week against arguably the league’s worst defense in New Orleans. Get him now before he blows up.
Will Tye (NYG) – When Larry Donnell got hurt last season, Tye stepped up in a big way. Donnell is healthy again, but it has been looking like quarterback Eli Manning prefers Tye. You could do worse at the position in week 1.
Jesse James (PIT) – The outlaw from Penn State will get at least 6 weeks of starting action as LaDarius Green has been put on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Same argument for why you should grab Eli Rogers applies here and James is an underrated athletic talent. Read more about James here.
Honorable Mentions: Kyle Rudolph (MIN), Virgil Green (DEN)
Defense / Special Teams
D/ST plays are all about the matchups. If a defense is playing a weak offense like the LA Rams and isn’t commonly owned, I will likely put them in this section all season.
San Francisco 49ers D/ST – The Niners are matched up against the LA Rams who will be starting Case Keenum at QB. These aren’t the Niners of the Harbaugh era, but their defense still has some talented pieces on it, and I think they can handle the talent-devoid Rams offense.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST – Baltimore is a team that is overlooked on defense, but they are out for revenge after last year’s injury apocalypse. The Bills have talent on offense, but if the Ravens can look like the Ravens we are used to seeing playing defense, they may have the upper-hand.
Honorable Mentions: Buffalo Bills D/ST, Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST
When I stream kickers, I always look for ones on high-powered offense vs. porous defenses. If you want to get fancy, I think offense’s with great passing games but poor running games make great kickers because they get a lot of field goals when teams can’t punch it in the end zone. These kickers will get a lot of opportunities. At the end of the day, just pick a kicker and move on with your life. Don’t stress over them.
Matt Bryant (ATL) – Matchup: Tampa Bay
Cairo Santos (KC) – Matchup: Kansas City
Chris Boswell (PIT) – Matchup: Washington
Kai Forbath (NO) – Matchup: Oakland
Again, if you have lineup questions, you are free to reach out to me any time throughout the season Follow @leagueedge
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