In a week that started with Tom Brady producing his third lowest completion percentage in a single game, I feel relieved to emerge 2-and-2 in streaming options, especially with two of those streamers finishing in the top 5 for quarterback fantasy production.
While Tom Savage did not live up to his surname, Sam Bradford marched through US Bank Stadium determined to show football fans and fantasy owners what he can do.
|Status||QB||FanDuel Points||QB Rank|
|Option 1||Philip Rivers||18.68||5|
|Option 2||Tom Savage||-1.5||31|
|2QB Option 1||Sam Bradford||25.5||3|
|2QB Option 2||Carson Palmer||12||21|
In less surprising news, we enter Week 2 with confirmation that Andrew Luck is officially out for the foreseeable future, making any team playing the Indianapolis Colts a fantasy goldmine on both ends of the field (looking at you Jared Goff). And so enters our Week 2 streamer picks –
Option 1: Alex Smith v. Eagles
Yahoo Projected: 16.06
Fan Duel Salary: $7,200
I know what you’re thinking, it’s a trendy, bandwagon pick because Alex Smith not only finished QB1 for the week in fantasy, but he looked better than Tom Brady. Despite this, the matchup is what I find most appealing. The Philadelphia Eagles have a terrible secondary (ranked dead last by Pro Football Focus) and Smith is returning to Kansas City for their home opener coming off a high-profile win.
Smith has the offensive weapons to be successful — newly minted, designated shuttle-pass catcher Travis Kelce, rookie star Kareem Hunt, and speedster Tyreek Hill. Coming off a season where he notched five rushing touchdowns, Smith has the pieces in place to potentially develop into an every week starter. For now, we’ll take his Week 1 hype and consider him a worthy streamer pick going into Week 2.
Option 2: Carson Palmer v. Colts
Yahoo Projected: 17.43
Fan Duel Salary: $7,500
Maybe I should quit while I’m ahead, but if last week wasn’t the start Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals were looking for (same), their Week 2 matchup positions them for a favorable comeback. The Cardinals lost top rusher David Johnson for two to three months, making Palmer one of those quarterbacks who should drop back 50 times a game. That may or may not work out, but the volume is there.
With that, they face an Indianapolis defense that managed to make Jared Goff look like Aaron Rodgers. The Rams scored 32 points in the game (with the other 14 points coming from defensive touchdowns). And without Luck, the Colts offense consists of several lost puppies unsure of where to turn, which means Palmer should be spending a majority of the time on the field. After the Colts’ Week 1 performance, it will be interesting to watch what Palmer can accomplish with substantial talent on the field. Despite their unsatisfactory 2016 season, the Cardinals passing game was ranked sixth by Pro Football Focus . Although Palmer’s age showed in Week 1, don’t be surprised if he storms the field Sunday like it’s 2015.
2QB Option 1: Jared Goff v. Washington
Yahoo Projected: 13.84
Fan Duel Salary: $6,500
No bold prediction would dare imagine that the Los Angeles Rams would score the most points of any team in Week 1. But yet, here we are. In his first career NFL win, Jared Goff went 21-of-29 for 301 yards and a TD. Although the win was against a dysfunctional Colts team, Goff may be able to keep the momentum going against a Washington pass defense that gave up 307 yards and two TDs to Carson Wentz.
Sean McVay (at least in Week 1) looked like he had a competent game plan and one in which Goff could thrive. There is talent around him, but it will be interesting if this is the start of a great young pair, or just a blip on the NFL radar. For now, I’m buying the McVay-Goff combination. Goff is still largely available in one- and two-quarterback leagues, and his Week 1 performance earned him a streaming slot headed into Week 2.
2QB Option 2: Joe Flacco v. Browns
Yahoo Projected: 18.99 pts
Fan Duel Salary: $7,000
Apparently I’m a sucker for home openers, but one against a Browns’ secondary that is ranked No. 27 has given me some irrational confidence in Joe Flacco. Flacco’s back injury, which caused him to miss all of preseason, was a significant concern heading into Week 1. While Flacco started the game hot, completing five straight passes on the Ravens’ opening drive, the rest of the game proved underwhelming. He finished 9-for-17, accumulating 121 yards, a TD, and an interception in the win against the Bengals. Naturally, Flacco needs to shed some of the rust, but he’ll return for Week 2 ready to hype up his city in a favorable matchup. The Ravens led the league in pass attempts last season, and without a reliable, featured running back, they should continue to maintain that pace. A typical fringe starter, Flacco should aim to make a comeback from his subpar, albeit winning, Sunday.