Hello readers! I’m new in town, but I come bearing gifts! This is the first of many weekly streamer installments that I will be posting on Razzball. Each week, I will be burrowing into the depths of the waiver wire to pull out the most valuable streamer options for the week to come. I will target players less than 50% owned on Yahoo, in the hopes of providing you with an upside player widely available in your leagues, and I will focus on the QB, TE, DST, and K positions. I also intend to give you two options at each position, if possible, but I won’t force it! If things work out, and our relationship gets a little more serious, I’d say some of these waiver grabs could also translate to high upside tournament plays in daily fantasy football games. I said upside, not backside… things aren’t getting that serious! Additionally, following the Razzball tradition of transparency, I will analyze my picks after each week against their positional ranks to ensure full disclosure to the readers. Without further ado, let’s take a look at who has stream potential in Week One…

 

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer (52%) vs SD:  This is an easy play in my book. The SD defense was in the bottom 5 against the pass last year, and this year looks like it could go the same way. Palmer also has 2 very good receivers to throw to. He probably won’t have a career day, but I think he’s a safe play for 200+ yards and a TD.

Geno Smith (9%) vs OAK:  Looking back to the final four games of last season, Smith rushed for almost 50 yards per game, and scored 3 touchdowns. He doubled his season TD total in that span. I think we see Smith use his legs a bit more this season, and he’ll start against this Oakland defense. Although the Raiders have made some defensive upgrades, they’re not a top D in the NFL, and with Smith’s legs, he presents great upside in this matchup.

 

Tight Ends

Garrett Graham (30%) vs WAS:  In case you missed it, Bill O’Brien is the new head coach of the Houston Texans, and he loves tight dnds. I mean, who doesn’t? But he also likes the position within the offense. Consider this, in 2011 as the OC with the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez combined for 42% of the team’s receptions. Additionally, in 2012 and 2013 as the Head Coach of Penn State, the tight ends combined for 31% and 25% of the team’s receptions. O’Brien is always looking for the tight(est) ends, so Graham could be a safe waiver play this week.

Coby Fleener (24%) vs DEN:  I know the Denver defense is dangerous, but looking back to last season, they were in the lower third of the league vs the tight end. Fleener also ranked 10th in targets for TE’s when teams were in the Red Zone. Additional icing on the cake…Vegas predicts a shootout for this game. There will be a number of opportunities for points here, which makes Fleener a great upside play.

 

Defense & Special Teams

PIT (20%) vs CLE:  Brian Hoyer is starting… and Josh Gordon is suspended for the year… Need I say more? Well, if I have to, I think there are a couple of things at play here for the Pittsburgh Defense. First and foremost, this is an improved group from last year. They’ve secured the nose tackle position and added depth along the defensive line. The addition of Shazier as a cover/blitzing LB will also give PIT some versatility. I also like the Palomalu/Mitchell pairing at the safety positions. The Stillers are solid and safe play against the Brownies in week 1.

NYJ (11%) vs OAK: Full disclosure (told you!), I’m a Jets fan, and I despise picking my team/players in fantasy for anything. I’m all about hedging my happiness, and failure in both real and fantasy life doesn’t sit well with me. However, I think the Jets are in for a good week. Carr has been officially announced as the starter, and I think the Jets DL can capitalize on his inexperience. More FD (full disclosure!), I think McGloin gives Oakland the best chance to win. More More FD, I went to Penn State and watched that guy like a hawk, so I’m either over exaggerating or really critical! You decide! Back to business… There are definitely some holes in the Jets’ secondary, but the pressure from the D-Line will cause problems.

 

Kickers

Cody Parkey (21%) vs JAC So the Eagles waived Alex Henery this past weekend, and as a result, Cody Parkey got the starting job. In a Chip Kelly offense, any kicker is ownable, and I think Parkey is more than just a player who backed into a starting role. He was the #1 kicker in his class coming out of high school, and he did very well at Auburn. I also expect the Eagles to put up a bunch of points on Sunday, so Parkey is a safe waiver pickup this week, and potentially for the season.

Chandler Catanzaro (1%) vs SD:  I won’t bombard (read as: bore) you with stats on this one. Catanzaro is a gut call. The SD defense is not great (see Carson Palmer), and I think Catanzaro is a rookie with some swag. He did a lot of off-season work with guys like the Dinosaur formerly known as Morten Andersen, and I think he’ll net you a safe 7-10 points this week.

 

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  1. Nick says:
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    in a 10-team non-ppr league, would you start Jones-Drew or Hyde over Matthews or Jennings?
    Also at WR, would you start James Jones or Hartline over Cobb or Wallace?

    I have Rodgers/Cobb which I’m a little worried for tonight, as I need all the points I can get out of them!

    • Nico says:
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      @Nick: Hey Nick! For the first week, I think you have to start the top guys you drafted. Matthews, Jennings, Cobb and Wallace are a go. It’s unfortunate that the first draw for Rodgers/Cobb is Seattle, but sometimes it happens.

  2. Adam says:
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    Really like the idea behind this article. I don’t usually pay big for top QB or TE myself, so I do find the need to stream those spots on occasion too.

    Buuut I do have a question for a +1 PPR auction league where I ended up going with the “zero RB” strategy after someone called my bluff on a bid for a 2nd top WR (after I already had Graham too).

    Have Fred Jackson locked in at my RB1, but who would you play at RB2 this week?

    Ridley @ MIA
    Greene @ KC
    McFadden @ NYJ

    And who do you like better this week at FLEX, Decker vs OAK or R Cooper vs JAX?

    Thanks!

    • Nico says:
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      @Adam: Glad you liked it! I’d go Ridley and Decker this week.

  3. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    2 questions if I may…I have Hyde, knile davis and freeman all on my bench as handcuffs…my RB’s are Gore, Ellington, Moreno and Rice….want to drop one of my cuffs for a backup tight end, either Kelce or Toilolo..which cuff is expendable and which TE is the better pick?….
    Wait make this 3 questions lol…which Kicker should I have McManus or Parkey? Lol sounds like hockey players.

    • Nico says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: You may! If I had to take a shot in the dark, I think Freeman and Hyde have the greatest chance to play this year, just based on injuries/age of who they’re behind, so Davis would be the guy I drop. I’d also snag Kelce over Toilolo…and I like Parkey.

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Nico: thanks man I appreciate the feedback.

        • Nico says:
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          @my sisters friend boyfriend: No prob! I should have said “the greatest chance to play *substantially* this year.”

  4. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I love the article Bud! Great post! I’m all about he Jets D in the daily leagues this weekend. The matchup is spectacular.

    BTW the reason you never draft your team’s players is because you cheer for the Jets. They haven’t had fantasy viable options in a long time. Hahaha, I’m a Pats fan you known I had to.

    • Nico says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph! Thanks man! I rode PIT in some GPP’s, but again, that’s a fan-hedge..

      Haha this is actually true. Between them and the Mets, I don’t have much incentive to pick my guys in Baseball or Football… When I won my league in 2011 though, I gladly took Pats!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Nico: Hahaha nice! You made excellent teams choices. At least they rhyme!

  5. Lemmingness says:
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    I need to choose between either G.Olsen or K.Wright this week for my flex spot (standard scoring). Jay has them back to back in his flex ratings with Olsen up one spot, so wanted to know what you think about it

    • Nico says:
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      @Lemmingness: Oof, this is a toss up. I think Wright has a better chance to catch more balls, but Olsen probably has the edge in TD potential. Since you’re in a standard league, I’d probably go Olsen for that reason.

  6. ferrisferris says:
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    What are the chance Josh Gordon gets back this year and resumes being his stud self!?

    • Nico says:
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      @ferrisferris: I wouldn’t bank on it. There’s talk about a new drug testing agreement that could get Gordon’s suspension reduced, but I’m not holding my breath.

  7. Joe says:
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    Nico coby fleener or dawayne allen ROS?

    • Nico says:
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      @Joe: Allen

  8. Randy says:
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    Who would you rather have as the last WR on your bench in a standard league–Latimer or Dobson? Also, would you drop Bradshaw for Dywer given that Ellington is having an MRI on his foot? My 4th RB is T-Rich. Thanks!

    • Nico says:
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      @Randy: Dobson. Hold onto Bradshaw. He could get some serious work if T-Rich doesn’t produce. Also, Dwyer isn’t the guaranteed backup in ARI. There’s a chance we could be looking at a 2-3 man timeshare if Ellington misses time, but all signs point to Ellington being fine.

    • Nico says:
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      @Randy: Changed my mind, Latimer for upside. See what happens this week. Once Welker is back though, he could lose his value.

  9. Nick says:
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    Hey Nico, someone just dropped Amendola in my 10-team non-ppr…I currently own Julian Edelman (along with Cobb, Wallace, Baldwin, Hartline, J. Jones & Bowe)…do you drop any of them RIGHT NOW for Amendola??

    Also, Greene & Starks are available as well (I have Murray, Matthews, Jennings, Jones-Drew & Hyde)…any value in Greene over my RB/WR bench? I personally don’t see value in Starks since they face the stout Jets next week….

    • Nico says:
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      @Nick: I think Starks holds the most potential value in that list. Greene is hot garbage and has been for years. If Lacy is out, Starks could jump to RB2 status. I wouldn’t jump on Amendola when you can get a potential starting RB. Prob drop Baldwim for him.

  10. Randy says:
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    Would you drop Kelvin Benjamin for Josh Gordon as your last WR in a standard league, in the event his suspension might be reduced/eliminated? Or just hold onto KB?

    Also, how much do you value Bernard Pierce right now? Is he truly good enough to “run way” w/ the Baltimore job? He’s the last RB on my 10-team bench, so I was just curious (in case something better comes along). Thanks!

    • Randy says:
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      Also, if you think I should keep Benjamin do you prefer him or Hunter (also available)?

      • Nico says:
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        @Randy: Apparently, I got logged out on that last comment, hence the name change! I’d keep Benjamin for now, as he’s listed 1st on the depth chart.

    • Nick Not the Podcast Host says:
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      @Randy: @Randy: In the event the suspension is lifted, I suspect there will be quite a few changes between now and when Gordon gets back on the field. I’d say evaluate that when Gordon returning is a legitimate possibility. For now, hold onto Benjamin.

      As for Pierce, aside from the first two games, I don’t see him running away with anything… barring injuries. Hold him until Rice gets back, though.

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