Think of a deep bench as a weapon to be wielded against your fantasy football enemies. Think of it as an opportunity to bludgeon them with meticulous planning.
The following can also apply to fantasy owners with short benches, though it’ll be tougher to swing.
Streaming any position requires a constant gaze beyond the horizon, looking two or three weeks down the line to spot favorable matchups. Probably this is easiest with streaming defenses, as moribund offenses don’t often have miraculous turnarounds in such a short period.
But back to those deep benches. If your league allows the luxury of seven or eight bench spots, there’s really no reason not to stash a defense for future use. This will accomplish two goals: you can rest assured that you’re set for the coming weeks, and you’re blocking your fellow streaming league members from poaching top streaming options week to week.
I’ve already detailed five Week 1 dreamy streamers, four or which are clear top-10 options.
Here’s a rough plan for the first three weeks. I’ve listed them in order of preference, though that could (and will) change as injuries wreak havoc on offenses and defenses alike, schemes change, and circumstances alter.
I’ll publish similar look-ahead articles throughout the season.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets
St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (I’m not sure that the Patriots will be a true streaming option after their likely Week 1 dominance)
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (When in doubt, target Oakland)
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills (I’ll be a lot less crazy about this matchup if E.J. Manuel starts)
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders (Probably Denver’s defense isn’t on your waiver wire. If they are, drop everything, pick them up, and do your happy dance)
Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns (This could be removed from our streaming options if the Browns’ impressive aerial attack translates to the regular season)