Welcome back to your favorite weekly column (ok, maybe not favorite, but pretty damn close), Walsh's Weekly Streaming Options! If you’re riding that streaming train like I am, then you've come to the right place. I'm about to preview the best QB, TE, and D/ST options that are probably just sitting on your waiver wire. Let’s get right to it!
Tannehill hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire this season, but at home against the struggling Chiefs defense? You could do a lot worse.
The 49ers defense is certainly not what it was last year, and Carson Palmer looked good during week 1. If he’s healthy, he’s the best streaming option available this week.
Geno continues his string of games against mediocre-to-bad pass defenses with the Bears, who are now missing their best cornerback, Charles Tillman. If Eric Decker plays, start him with confidence. If Decker’s out, you can still roll with Geno, but evaluate your other options first.
The Eagles defense is not the best unit in the league, and Cousins should be throwing the ball pretty frequently. Historically, Cousins has played well when called upon. There’s no reason to think he won’t this week.
Guess who Kirk Cousins’s favorite target was this week. If you guessed Niles Paul, 1) you’re pretty good at reading obvious context clues, and 2) you’re correct! Look for the Eagles to be playing some prevent defense towards the end of the game, leading to a wide open Paul in the middle of the field.
He’s not an attractive name, but he’s playing the Cowboys this week. The Cowboys just gave up two monster games to Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker, so it doesn’t appear that they’re great at defending the tight end position. Might as well take a flier.
You may not know his name now, but you certainly could after this week. With Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald both hurt, Carrier may be the 49ers starting tight end this week. The 49ers play the Cardinals, who are terrible against the tight end. Keep in mind, though, that Davis or McDonald being active means you should not be playing Carrier.
The good news? Clay has 13 targets over the first two weeks. The bad news? He’s turned that into 9 catches for 58 yards. Eventually, Clay is going to turn these high-volume target days into productive fantasy days. I’m willing to bet that this week against the Chiefs is that week. He’s already a solid play in PPR, but you can roll with him in standard leagues as well.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Dolphins have had the best D of 2014 so far. The Chiefs don’t have a spectacular offense and are missing their best playmaker. Might as well go for it.
San Diego Chargers
I’m still not entirely ready to buy the Bills offense. I also believe that the Chargers have a very underrated defense. If EJ Manuel is forced to throw the ball late in the game, expect turnovers.
New England Patriots
They play the Raiders at home. If that didn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.
They haven't played well through two weeks, but they've also played two of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL. They’re likely to be playing from ahead this week against the Jags, which means turnovers are in the near future.
The Browns D put up a nice day at home against the Saints. This week, they’re home against the Ravens. The Ravens have a bad running game and Joe Flacco at the helm. You could definitely do worse.