We are finally finished with Week 1 of the NFL season *insert celebration gif here*! For those of you that decided to load up at the running back and wide receiver positions in your drafts, the time has come for one of the most important times of year: the waiver wire. With many owners, streaming positions such as quarterback, tight end, and defense is something that is needed weekly. If you are looking for a streaming option for Week 2, don’t worry, you came to the right place. I will detail three options at each position that are poised to give you an edge on your Week 2 matchup!
Stream of the Week: Alex Smith (KC) vs Philadelphia Eagles
If you watched Thursday Night Football last week, then you saw the performance of Smith against the Super Bowl defending champs. It looked like the message the Chiefs front office sent to Alex by drafting Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the NFL draft has lit a fire under him. His 368 yard and four touchdown performance in Foxborough lead him to be the top fantasy QB in Week 1. While I do not see him repeating such high powered numbers every week, there are reasons to believe that in Week 2 he can finish as a top 10 QB. The weapons around Smith have proved the preseason hype is real, as Tyreek Hill a top 10 WR in most leagues and Kareem Hunt finished as the top fantasy player overall for Week 1. With a great defense that can get him the ball back at anytime, there’s no reason to believe that Alex Smith is going to fizzle off so quickly. The Chiefs welcome the Eagles to Arrowhead and they are a defense that did seem to give Kirk Cousins fits in Washington, but with a serious run-threat in Kareem Hunt and the explosiveness of Tyreek Hill, the floor is safe for Alex Smith.
Sam Bradford (MIN) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday Night football looked like a statement to the Sam Bradford doubters of the world. He did face a weak New Orleans defense, but Bradford performed as one would hope, tailing 346 yards and three touchdowns through the air. This gave Sam Bradford anyone that actually started Bradford last week a top five QB performance at a very discounted ADP (if he was even drafted). With Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph running wild all over the field and Dalvin Cook pounding the rock, this Vikings offense has the potential to turn into a fantasy wonderland. This week Bradford travels to Pittsburgh to take on an improving defense, but one that gave up 222 yards and one touchdown to rookie DeShone Kizer of the Cleveland Browns. We can predict that with the added fire power the Vikings have, the Steelers defense is going to have a lot more on their plate. With the possibility of losing starting DL Stephon Tuitt for this Week 2 matchup as well, Sam Bradford has the potential for a repeat performance.
Tyrod Taylor (BUF) @ Carolina Panthers
Finishing as a QB1 last year, Taylor looked the part as a fantasy football starting quarterback on Sunday, even with the departure of Sammy Watkins. He totaled 224 yards, two touchdowns and one interception through the air and 38 yards on the ground, equaling out to be good enough for a top 10 QB performance in most formats for Week 1. Yes, it was against a sub par Jets defense and yes the weapons around him outside of LeSean McCoy aren’t the greatest, but the run-threat of Tyrod Taylor will also allow his owners to have the sneaky potential of a 25+ point breakout. This week, Taylor travels to Carolina to face a top 10 defense, but one that has been susceptible through the air ever since Josh Norman left for Washington. Taylor might not win you the week, but he will give you a solid base to add to your starting roster.
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Stream of the Week: Charles Clay (BUF) vs Carolina Panthers
Charles Clay is a tight end that I personally targeted in all of my fantasy drafts this season. The 28 year old is currently in the midst one of the hottest streaks a fantasy owner can hope their tight end to have: five touchdowns in five games. Tyrod Taylor and Clay have built up a solid rapport and with the departure of Sammy Watkins, Clay seems to of become the top option in the receiving game for Buffalo. We saw in Week 1 that he led all tight ends in targets (9) and turned four of those targets into 53 yards and a touchdown. This week’s matchup is tougher than that of the New York Jets, but I am a huge fan of targets and you just can’t ignore the looks Tyrod Taylor gives Charles Clay.
Zach Miller (CHI) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Chicago Bears receiving core is an absolute mess. With Alshon Jeffery no longer on the team and both Cameron Meredith and Kevin White now down with injuries, there is not much to like for Chicago. The one positive fantasy owners can get out of this mess is Zach Miller. Miller was second to Tarik Cohen in targets, receptions, and yards against the fast Atlanta Falcons defense. With a trip to Tampa Bay on the dock for Week 2, we can assume that the volume of targets Zach Miller will receive should result in solid fantasy output.
Jared Cook (OAK) vs New York Jets
The high powered Oakland offense is one of fantasy dreams and nightmares. Derek Carr spread the ball around to eight different players, but only three of those saw five or more targets: Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Jared Cook. Cook hauled in all five of his targets for 56 yards. This week, Oakland welcomes a sub-par Jets defense that allowed Charles Clay to finish as a top 10 tight end for Week 1. Similar to players on offenses such as the Packers, Falcons, and Patriots, fantasy owners should look in the direction of Oakland’s offense to find viable options week to week.
Stream of the Week: Oakland Raiders vs New York Jets
Week 1 saw Khalil Mack, Karl Joseph and company travel to Tennessee to take on fantasy favorites Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, Eric Decker, and more. The Raiders answered with limiting the Titans to only 16 points at home. DeMarco Murray, Marcus Mariota, and Derrick Henry combined for a minimal 95 yards rushing and one touchdown and Mariota also failed to throw a touchdown against the Raiders. This week, The Raiders host the New York Jets to the Black Hole, and with the offensive struggles the Jets will have throughout this season, this is a no brainer.
Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns
The Ravens had arguably the best defensive performance out of all teams in Week 1. Not only did they shut out Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and others for four quarters, they did so on the road. Adding on to the shutout, the Ravens created five turnovers (four interceptions and a fumble) and had five sacks. Week 2 has the Ravens welcoming the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore and the second career start of DeShone Kizer. Yes, the Browns did look decent against the Steelers, but they did allow seven sacks on Kizer. The Ravens opportunistic and stout defense will give the rookie and his surrounding cast fits on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Keeping the theme of defenses facing rookie quarterbacks, my last streaming defensive option is the Cincinnati Bengals against Houston’s DeShaun Watson. At this moment, the Texans have not released who their starter will be, but whether it is Tom Savage or Watson, the Bengals defense is one to consider. The Bengals offense gave no favors last week, but the defense still managed to hold the Ravens to 20 points, while adding one interception and one sack. The Texans offensive struggles shined bright last week, giving up 10 sacks and four turnovers to Jacksonville. While I do not expect the Bengals to perform to this level, they are definitely worth a look as you scour the wire for Week 2 streaming options.