Fantasy Football Quarterback & Tight End Streamers: Week 2
The title may be a bit confusing considering we are not yet in streaming mode. Bye weeks do not happen until Week 4 so think of these initial “streamer” weeks as more like a waiver wire or pick up on speculation. It is good practice to do this because if Week 1 is indicative of how the season will go then many of the so-called guarantees will not pan out as expected. Many of you who have Baker Mayfield, Aaron Rodgers, and Jameis Winston as your quarterback is reeling right now. Similarly, many who have Jared Cook, Vance McDonald, or O.J. Howard as their tight end is also wondering if these sleepers are sleeping or will they end up never waking up. It is always good to have a back up just in case. Here are some that might fit the bill for Week 2.
QUARTERBACK STREAMER OF THE WEEK: Josh Allen (BUF) vs. New York Giants
The New York Giants defense is not very good. Josh Allen is also arguably not very good. However, in fantasy he is better. He has the dual-threat advantage as a passer and a rusher. Dallas and Dak Prescott had their way with the hapless Giants last week. Josh Allen is the lesser version of Dak but because he flaunts the Konami Code, he can find John Brown or can keep the ball himself and run it in.
ALTERNATE STREAMER: Derek Carr (OAK) vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Derek Carr looked phenomenal last week against a good defense. Now he plays against a bad one. Oakland will be trailing the entire game so Carr will have to rely on Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams to keep the game close. Even if it isn’t all that close, look for Carr to put up big numbers.
DARK HORSE STREAMER: Andy Dalton (CIN) vs. San Francisco 49ers
Andy Dalton was on fire last week against a solid Seattle defense even without A.J. Green. We all know it can all go wrong at any time, but if John Ross is for real, Tyler Eifert is healthy, and Tyler Boyd is a security blanket, Dalton can be fantasy-relevant yet again. The 49ers had Jameis Winston’s number in Week 1, but Dalton might actually be a better quarterback.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON: Sam Darnold (NYJ) vs. Cleveland Browns
Darnold had a quiet game against a staunch Buffalo defense last week. The Browns were abysmal versus the Titans in Week 1. It is hard to say if Cleveland has taken a step back or if Darnold is not ready to take the next step. He has a decent wide receiver corps and has just opened up another present in Demaryius Thomas. Thomas might be past his prime, but during the one pre-season game with the Patriots looked like his old, dominant self.
TIGHT END STREAMER OF THE WEEK: Darren Waller (OAK) vs Kansas City Chiefs
Darren Waller is almost 50% owned so this will be the last time we see him in any of my streaming articles. He seems like the real deal. He had seven receptions for 70 yards last week and is Carr’s new Jared Cook. Look for Waller to keep the post-AB momentum going. He is solid even if he doesn’t find the end zone, but it would not be surprising if he does against one of the most porous defenses in the league. Waller needs to be added now because in a week’s time he will not be available.
ALTERNATE STREAMER: Jimmy Graham (GB) vs. Minnesota Vikings
Although Minnesota is a defense that ranks near the top, Jimmy Graham will still be a decent option for Aaron Rodgers to find in the end zone. Gone are the dominant days for Graham, but he is still a reliable weapon. The Vikings have a great secondary that might limit Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, and Marquez Valdez-Scantling opening up an opportunity for Graham. If he replicates last week, Graham might be worth keeping on your team as a safe tight end option this season.
DARK HORSE STREAMER: Tyler Eifert (CIN) vs. San Francisco 49ers
The best news last week is Tyler Eifert is healthy. He had five receptions for minimal yardage and no end zone celebrations, but as they ease him back into the heart of the lineup, it is quite conceivable that he scores and outplays teammate C.J. Uzomah. He is more talented and Andy Dalton has always loved targeting Eifert. Take advantage that he is not injured because he’s never played an entire season during his seven-year career.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON: Washington’s Tight Ends
If Jordan Reed is back from his concussion hiatus then he will be a great option this week against Dallas who gave Evan Engram the keys to their fantasy car. If he’s out, Vernon Davis has proven time and time again that he is still an athletic beast that can YAC his way to relevancy even if he is close to retirement age.