For those of you new to fantasy football, or if you are just looking for a new strategy, “Streaming” is the idea of selecting somebody from the Free Agent pool or waiver wire based on favorable matchups. This strategy is particularly effective if you failed to draft an elite player at QB, TE, or DEF. The NFL changes quite a bit from week to week and year to year, I will try to help alleviate your concerns and focus on players that I would try and stream. For this weekly article, I will be looking at only players who are available in UNDER 30% of Yahoo leagues. All options may not be available in your specific league. Lets get into the best week one fantasy football streaming options 2018!
Field of Streams – Week One Fantasy Football Streaming options 2018
By: J.J. Gosh @jjgosh
- Tyrod Taylor – 12% owned – vs PIT. In a matchup with the Steelers that should be high scoring, Taylor’s ability to run makes him particularly attractive in 4pt for TD leagues.
- Case Keenum – 25% owned – vs SEA. Seattle is missing the entire Legion of Boom while Earl Thomas holds out, Michael Bennett is an Eagle, and Cliff Avril may never play again. With very few players who scare you on this defense, Seattle isn’t a matchup you MUST avoid.
- Andy Dalton – 25% owned – @ IND. Not many teams gave up more points than the Colts did last year. With arguably the most weapons he’s ever had at his disposal, I can’t find a reason to not stream Andy Dalton.
- Ricky Seals-Jones – 29% owned – vs WAS. The Cardinals don’t have much for established weapons outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. With check down king Sam Bradford set to start at QB, Seals-Jones could be in line for plenty of targets, especially in the Red Zone.
- Austin Hooper – 21% owned – @ PHI. Philadelphia doesn’t present the best match up on paper, but with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, rookie Calvin Ridley, and the RB’s out of the backfield, Hooper could be the forgotten man.
- Vance McDonald – 17% owned. Jesse James – 3% owned – @ CLE. The Browns gave up the 4th most points to the Tight End position in 2017. With an entire off-season to work with Big Ben, McDonald could have not only a big game, but a breakout season with the Steelers. If McDonald doesn’t play, Jesse James is the plug and play option.
- New York Giants – 7% owned – vs JAX. Blake Bortles has a tendency to throw the ball to the other team. Many people forget just how good the Giants defense was in 2016. I think they settle in somewhere between their 2016 and 2017 finishes and are a viable streaming option for most of the year.
- Cincinnati Bengals – 10% owned – @ IND. We have yet to see Andrew Luck throw the ball with much velocity or downfield much at all. With Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins breathing down his neck, it’ll be interesting to see how Luck performs in his first game action in quite some time.
- Tennessee Titans – 15% owned – @ MIA. With 83 turnovers in 77 career starts, Ryan Tannehill presents plenty of opportunities for the Titans to take the ball away. With a more defensive minded head coach, the Titan’s could be a sleeper defense to target a few times this year.
Stay tuned next week to see the results from all the players mentioned above, as well as my for next week. Follow me on Twitter for more updates and insight @jjgosh.