It’s officially Week 1. We’ve finally made it and I can’t wait to ignore my fantasy baseball playoff matchups to solely focus on overreacting to Week 1 of the NFL. We are also coming off of a great weekend of college football. Depending on whom your team is: Congratulations, you guys are looking really solid this year. Or maybe, your team already showed their true colors in week one, crawl into a hole for the rest of the season, you make bad decisions while picking allegiances to college football teams.
Streaming can even be important in Week 1 matchups. Guys that we drafted whom we thought would be magically okay for week 1, after they get their legs ripped off last season, sometimes aren’t ready to go right away. Sometimes perceived studs don’t win the job right away and have to wait for a certain running back who has never done anything in the regular season to fail, again. Your sleeper quarterback could be facing a nightmare pass rush, you don’t invest in defenses so you stream on a weekly basis. This is what I am here for. Also, a couple weeks down the road, when I get a feel for the season, I will be adding droppable players into this article. Maybe it will help you decide who to get rid of to make room for these awesome streamers…
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Jamison Crowder, 2% owned – Kirk Cousins is very good against defenses that are very bad (see: “You like that?” game against Tampa last year). Crowder had 6 games last year with at least 5 catches including 109 yards in week 17. Crowder is listed as the 3rd receiver on the depth chart so he should see his fair share of targets against Pittsburgh in week 1. Pittsburgh was bottom 3 last season in yards against the pass and finished 20th in touchdowns given up.
Clive Walford, 15% owned – Jimmy Graham is will not get a full set of reps and Tyler Eifert is more or less a month away. I had an obsession with drafting Clive this season. He seems to have beaten out Rivera for the starting tight end job in Oakland. In the final 5 games of last season, Walford received at least 4 targets in every game. The Saints gave up the 2nd most passing yards last year and gave up the most touchdowns through the air (45) by a wide margin. Sure, Rob Ryan has moved onto fatter pastures but these things don’t fix themselves over night. Clive will look alive.
Charcandrick West, 7% owned – Jamaal Charles won’t be ready for Sunday (shocking). Not to worry, the 1-2 punch of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have a matchup against one of the worst rushing defenses of the 2015 season. San Diego gave up over 2,000 yards on the ground last year (27th) and 17 touchdowns (29th). I don’t see Alex Smith testing Verrett too much. I know that Alex Smith is this wild, crazy gunner of a quarterback, but I just a have a feeling this week, so roll with it.
Sam Bradford, 9%t owned – Sam Bradford finished 2015 with at least 320 passing yards in the final 3 games. Sam Bradford might make those Vikings receivers that you took at the end of the draft useful after all. Reports are that Bradford is picking up the playbook well in Minnesota and is ready to start week 1. Although Tennessee finished 7th last year in yards against (passing), they did give up the 4th most touchdowns in the NFL through the air. If all else fails, he will at least look fantastic handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson.
Cleveland D/ST, 1% owned – Honestly, Cleveland’s defense isn’t all that good, but sometimes you don’t have to be that good to be a home run for the week. Carson Wentz is starting his first NFL game, and he barely saw any preseason action because of a rib injury. Ryan Mathews doesn’t scare me, none of the Eagle’s receivers keep me up at night, so this probably won’t go terribly. Just hope for some turnovers and you might have a top scoring defense for the week.
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