We’re here folks. It’s week 1, we’re pumped, we’re back and we’re streamin’ baby! So welcome. If you’re back from last year, thanks for coming back. If this is your first time trying out the streaming lifestyle, we’re happy to have you! For those of you unfamiliar with this whole concept, I’ll break it down soon. Before that, though, a couple housekeeping items: I’ll be posting an article highlighting streaming options at QB, TE, and D/ST each week. I’ll give you 3 at each position (maybe a couple bonuses), but the first one in each list is my number one option. I’ll be keeping track of how my number options do each week, and at the end of the season we’ll tally up the results.
For the purpose of this series of articles, a player qualifies as a streamer if he’s less than 50% owned in yahoo.com leagues. I chose yahoo because it makes my job harder. Yahoo’s ownership percentages are generally higher than those on espn.com and nfl.com. I’m not sure why. Anyway, we’ll be using Yahoo percentages.
Got it? Good. Now, for the newbies, let’s briefly go over the concept of streaming.
What Is Streaming?
Streaming a position means that you start someone at that position based on matchup and grab your starters from the available pool on the waiver wire. If you waited on quarterback or played tight end roulette, often times streaming is the best option. Streaming is basically always the best option for defenses. I’ll go into more detail about why streaming works and my streaming process in later articles, but with the season so close I wanted to just get some streamers out there for you to see. Let’s get into it!
There are a lot of quarterback that are highly owned on yahoo.com, so I can’t include these guys in my list. That being said, I like them a lot this week if they’re available in your league: Sam Bradford, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco. Now, for the list.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
If you’ve listened to the podcast then you know I love me some Tyrod Taylor. This should be a great opening week for Tyrod as he goes up against the Colts. The Colts will put up a lot of points, and their defense is bad. Taylor against a bad defense in garbage time is a recipe for some streaming goodness. With the Colts trying not to give up the big play in the fourth quarter, expect Taylor to pick up big chunks of yards both with his arm and his feet. He’s my number one streamer for this week.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’ll preface this by saying I’m a little worried about Mike Evans’ hamstring, but I like Jameis a lot this week. The Titans secondary, despite the addition of Perrish Cox, is still not a good secondary, and Jameis should be able to take advantage. Be sure to monitor Evans, but if he’s good to go then Jameis is a good start.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
That’s right baby, we’re back on the Cutler train. I know garbage time is not ideal for a quarterback, but it can definitely lead to points. And Jay Cutler will definitely get some garbage time in this game. Don’t surprised if you’re panicking at halftime, but you’ll feel good once that final whistle blows.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons
Jacob Tamme is old and washed up. He is also the starting tight end on a team that might pass the ball 50 times this Monday night. With Roddy White coming off injury and Leonard Hankerson unproven, Julio Jones is the only pass catcher who we can guarantee volume for. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tamme ends up with 6+ targets this week, which, for a TE streamer, is pretty good.
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
News just broke that Green was being evaluated for a concussion, so keep that in mind. If he plays though, Green should also see significant targets. The Lions have a great run defense, so Philip Rivers will probably pass the ball 35+ times. Green has always been talented but has never been given an opportunity. Well, here it is.
Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens
Gilmore is the starting tight end for a team that will likely be playing from behind, and I love targeting tight ends with the potential for garbage time. Defenses are trying to prevent the big play, so the middle of the field (where the tight ends roam) is often left open. Gillmore’s a desperation play, but you could do a lot worse.
New York Jets
I don’t understand how the Jets defense is so low-owned. They’re a good defense, and they get the Browns at home. This one’s pretty obvious.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They’re not a great defense, but they’re at home against a rookie quarterback. Mariota looked good at times in the preseason, but he also turned the ball over. I would expect more of the same in week 1.
As a Raider fan, this is a tough but necessary recommendation. The Bengals have a stout run defense, and their pass defense is good enough to keep Carr in check. At home, they’re definitely worth a play.
That’ll do it for this week, folks. I’ll be back next week with this week’s results and another batch of streaming recommendations. Until then, good luck and let me know what you think!
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