Welcome to Week 2 Streaming Options, where we will finally have some actual 2018 data to digest in preparing for our upcoming matchups.
If you watched just about any game this past weekend, you should be plenty convinced of the power of streaming. Quarterback streamers had some real upside in Week 1, especially if you were brave enough to start Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Moving forward, streaming quarterbacks is extremely important if you own Aaron Rodgers or Marcus Mariota.
Like last season, I’ll once again show accountability and transparency by posting my QB streaming results each and every week.
Here are the complete results for the quarterback position from last week’s article:
Joe Flacco– 236 Passing Yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 3 Rushing Yards= 21.74 FP
Andy Dalton– 243 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 8 Rushing Yards= 17.52 FP
Blake Bortles– 176 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 42 Rushing Yards= 14.24 FP
Nick Foles– 117 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, -1 Rushing Yards= 5.58 FP
Case Keenum | Denver Broncos
Despite throwing three interceptions in his home debut, Keenum managed to score 22 fantasy points. The Seahawks defense isn’t what it’s used to be anymore & Keenum took full advantage.
It might be that way again in Week 2 as the Broncos face a Raiders defense that’s without All-Pro DE Khalil Mack. Case is still gelling with his new offense but has a ton of weapons and should put up big numbers again this week. Keenum is a solid QB streamer, especially in 2 QB/Superflex formats.
Alex Smith | Washington Redskins
Smith had a quietly efficient and effective performance in Week 1, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. He didn’t need to have a bigger statistical game because Washington leaned on Adrian Peterson in the second half. His Week 2 opponent is the Indianapolis Colts who surrendered 17 fantasy points to Andy Dalton, therefore, Smith should take advantage of a rather mediocre defense. An excellent QB streaming option regardless of league format.
Tyrod Taylor | Cleveland Browns
Taylor scored 24 fantasy points despite completing just 15 of his 40 passes for one touchdown and one interception. But he did add 77 rushing yards and one touchdown to his overall totals. This week, the Browns travel to New Orleans to face a Saints defense that was shredded by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Saints defense looked ugly last week and Taylor, as inefficient as he was last week, is a better QB than Fitzpatrick. Tyrod could have a monster day facing a unit that’s definitely in need of a bounce-back effort.
Mitchell Trubisky | Chicago Bears
The Bears signal caller’s stat line Sunday night was rather bizarre, to say the least. He had 35 pass attempts that netted only 171 yards. In addition, he gained 32 rushing yards and a touchdown which is how he even got to 14 fantasy points last week. The issue with Trubisky’s stat line is that once the Bears got the big lead on the Packers, their play calling went conservative. Once you go down that road, it’s hard to get the momentum rolling again. However, I don’t believe that the Bears coaching staff will allow this mistake to happen again. In addition, I expect Chicago to have a more aggressive mindset when they face the Seahawks Monday night. Trubisky flashed his talent in Week 1 and I expect him to do the same but at a much more efficient level.
Ryan Fitzpatrick | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fitzmagic got off to a fantastic start Sunday in New Orleans throwing for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. But I don’t expect him to have the same amount of success against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. Matt Ryan had at least 3 red zone opportunities but couldn’t cash in on any of them and they lost. It’s possible that Fitzpatrick and the Bucs can ride this hot start and score touchdowns when the Falcons couldn’t. This Fitzpatrick magic carpet ride does have an ending point, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts.
Sam Darnold | New York Jets
Yes, it’s a surprise to see this name here as a streaming option, but it’s for the deepest 2QB/Superflex leagues. The rookie comported himself rather well after his 1st pass was a pick-6—throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Is it out of the realm of possibility that Darnold duplicates that effort from Monday night? Of course not. His Week 2 opponent in the Miami Dolphins did manage to grab three interceptions & didn’t allow a passing touchdown in their win against the Titans.
A moderate level of risk does come with this selection.
The Redskins are a very reliable streaming option for Week 2. They limited the Cardinals who have both David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald to six points. Next up will be their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts who were erratic and vulnerable versus the Bengals in Week 1.
As a result, Cincinnati ended up as a top-10 fantasy defense. Only Luck and T.Y. Hilton are offensive threats that Washington has to be concerned with from the Colts point of view. With a strong front seven & a playmaking secondary, the Redskins are a very good DST streaming option.
New York Jets
What a performance by the Gang Green on Monday night against the Lions: 17 points allowed, 5 INTs, 2 defensive TDs. Clearly one of the surprises of the fantasy landscape from Week 1 as the Jets embarrassed the Lions. After that effort, they are the #1 scoring fantasy defense—albeit it’s a small sample size. Facing a division rival in the Miami Dolphins at home, it would seem logical to have them as a streaming option. The only concern is the quick turnaround after a Monday night game.
San Francisco 49ers
This selection is all about the Detroit Lions who looked lost, uninterested, & unprepared to play Monday night. And now they have to travel to the west coast on a short week no less. It could be just the right medicine for a young defense searching for a bounce-back effort. Led by Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner, the Niners front seven should put enough pressure on Stafford to force an interception or two. A low-end DST streaming option.
If by some miracle the Bears DST is available on your league’s waiver wire, POUND that submit button. Despite the loss the Packers, Chicago showed that they’ll have a fierce pass rush with Khalil Mack and company. Getting 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble Recovery, & 1 DEF TD lets everyone know that the Bears are coming fast. They’ll get another chance to show a Monday night audience how good this defense could become. In comes Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks who come off a tough loss to the Denver Broncos. Seattle will be without their leading receiver in Doug Baldwin who suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain last week.
Wilson was harassed constantly by the Broncos pass rush despite the rumored improved offensive line. The offensive firepower around Wilson is dwindling and the Bears should be able to take full advantage of.
Surprising to see the Falcons defense among my streaming options after their Week 1 loss. And yes, they lost defensive stalwarts, Deion Jones & Keanu Neal. Despite those losses, Atlanta welcomes a Panthers offense that lost another offensive lineman and TE Greg Olsen & seemed a little disjointed. This selection is a longshot at best, but Atlanta does play better at home so there’s some upside here.
Good Luck in Week 2 and Remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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