Dreaming of Streaming: A Three-Week Plan September 2, 2013  |  C.D. Carter

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.

Week 1

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


Week 2

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)


Week 3

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)



One Response

  1. Max Stout says:


    Thanks for the Dreaming of Streaming article. The first few games of the year are the hardest as things settle out. In the leagues I’m in the Patriots and Texans aren’t an option as they went before the 10th round in every draft.
    For week 1 I’m going with the Bucs at the Jets. The Bucs stunk last year but they’ve upgraded the secondary and I’m hoping for a pick 6. I don’t trust the Colts or Chiefs as they didn’t take advantage of good matchups last year.

    Week 2 is pretty tough. The Pats and Texans are very unlikely to be available unless they were drafted early. The Jaguars have a nice matchup but didn’t exploit their juicy matchups last year making them pretty shaky. I think you’re right about Buffalo not being a good matchup if Manuel plays and it looks like he will. The Eagles have San Diego in town but they can’t be trusted. I’m thinking about going with Dallas at the Chiefs. The new scheme looks like it will increase takeaways. Not crazy about it but it looks the best to me.

    I’m with you in week 3 but have the Bills D ahead of the Titans and I’m staying away from Cleveland opponents for now.
    Looking forward to your next article.

    Max Stout

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