Here we are a few weeks from the start of the season. If your draft strategy this year is to wait on quarterback, like mine is, then you’re probably looking at the match-ups for Week 1. By waiting on QB, you’re able to load up on the wide receiver and running back talent that is out there, increasing your chances that one of the players you selected hits. You can be successful streaming QBs if you’re picking the right match-ups. Mike Braude wrote a great article comparing the top 12 QBs in fantasy to other streaming QB options. Scott Smith also lists off four LRGB combinations that could pay dividends for you.
Geno Smith got off to a rough start to his NFL career. However, he did start to turn things up toward the end of the season. Playing Oakland in Week 1 might also help.
The Raiders ranked 28th against the pass last year, giving up 255 passing yards per game. Although, this defense does have a different look to it after they drafted Khalil Mack, and also signed some veteran help in the offseason. The addition of Eric Decker in the passing will also help. Geno didn’t really have a reliable option in the WR corp last year. His rushing ability should help provide him with a high floor.
I absolutely love Carson Palmer this year. He’s got a pair of elite weapons at WR, in Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Andre Ellington is also effective in the passing game. Lets not forget about the rookie that has swept the coaching staff off their feet, John Brown. Palmer really started to kick things up a notch last year once he got settled in coach Bruce Arian’s offense.
Palmer drew the Chargers for his Week 1 match-up, who ranked 29th against the pass last year. The Cardinals also have lost a few key players on defense, some to suspension and some due to injury. Vegas has this game pegged with total points at 44.5, so there could be potential for some fantasy fireworks.
Sam Bradford is a guy I am approaching with caution in Week 1. The Vikings match-up looks inviting, but their defense has added some nice pieces, like Anthony Barr, Captain Munnerlyn, and Linval Joseph, who is expected be ready for the start of the season. The addition of defensive-minded Mike Zimmer could also help the Vikings toughen up. Before exiting last season with an injury, Bradford threw for 1,687 yards, 14 TDs, and only four INTs in seven games. In those, Bradford threw for over 200 yards in six of the games, and threw at least three TDs in three of them. Bradford is certainly worth a look as a contingency plan.
Bradford done for the year with an ACL tear… sigh. I also don’t mind Ryan Fitzpatrick or Andy Dalton if he’s on waivers in your league.