Streaming Spotlight – Week 1 QB & TE
September 6, 2016 | Chris Manni
It is time, fantasy football fanatics…It is time to kick off the 2016 NFL Season in Denver, and it is time to make those critical additions to your squad to get your season(s) off on the right foot. I utilized many different drafting strategies this year, and I’m looking to supplement my weak positions by streaming quality options. Two positions I tend to stream, since I am reluctant to “pay the piper”, are QBs and TEs. If you are in the same position, take a look at who I recommend streaming in Week 1.
Matt Stafford (NFL.com Ownership: 37.1%)
Compared to my competition and industry experts, I’m rather bullish on Stafford this year. This offense projects to a high-tempo pass attack where Stafford will look to get the ball out of his hands and to his playmakers as fast as possible. If that happens, Stafford may cut down on the mistakes and increase his efficiency, as he did in the last six weeks of 2015. During that time, he passed for 17 touchdowns with only 1 interception. It also helps to start off the year against the banged up Colts defense. The Colts open the year without top cover corner Vontae Davis and starting defensive linemen Arthur Jones and Henry Anderson. This means plenty of time to sit in the pocket and pick apart an overwhelmed secondary. Also, Vegas expects this game to be a shootout with an over/under exceeding 50 points. Fire up your Colts, fire up your Lions, and leave the defense at the door.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Stafford over Cam Newton, Eli Manning, and Carson Palmer.
Dak Prescott (28.1%)
To put it simply, the “Dak Attack” was extremely impressive in the preseason. Take that for what it is worth, but I’m intrigued at his progress. Prescott has many things to improve before we consider him a quality NFL passer, but he is clearly talented and his upside is enormous. Following Tony Romo’s compression fracture, Dak will lead “dem Cowboys” in Week 1 against an improved but still suspect Giants defense. The Giants made large investments in Janoris Jenkins, Olivier Vernon, “Snacks” Harrison, and Eli Apple. Yet, the Giants’ linebacker group is one of the weakest in the NFL. Therefore, I expect Dallas to give Prescott all the support he needs behind that super talented offensive line. By controlling the line of scrimmage, Dak will have a productive running game to protect him and allow him to take a few play-action shots to Dez. Of course, if the passing plays break down, he can take off running as he did at Mississippi State.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Prescott over Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, and Andy Dalton.
Eric Ebron (7.5%)
One of the more interesting notes coming out of the final cut day was the Lions only rostering four wide receivers on their 53 man roster. This leads us to believe two things: one, Eric Ebron is likely to play in Week 1, and two, they want to get the TE position heavily involved. As mentioned above, this game projects to be a shootout, and I want as many upside options as I can get in my lineups. When you combine this with the already depleted Colts defense (and their bottom 10 pass defense against TEs in 2015), I’m willing to roll with Ebron.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Ebron over Jason Witten, Dwayne Allen, and Zach Miller.
Clive Walford (2.7%)
Now for my favorite streaming option of the week; Walford has a great opportunity to kick off 2016 on an explosive note. New Orleans was a defense to target all year in 2015 and should struggle out of the gate again in 2016. The Saints struggled against all positions, made few talent upgrades, and they were particularly bad defending the tight end. Until they show me improvement, I will continue to target them with my streamers. Similar to the Colts/Lions game, Vegas projects a Superdome shootout with an over/under line above 50 points. Walford should be available in your league, so if you didn’t draft a top five TE, Walford could give you that level of production for little investment.
Bottom Line: I’m playing Walford over Julius Thomas, Antonio Gates, and Martellus Bennett.
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