Week 1 Streamers and Watchlist

With roster and coaching changes, week 1 is always a super hard week to predict. Add in zero preseason games and the weird off season, the first week will be super telling. Below are some streaming options and guys to keep an eye one.

  • All players are under 60% owned in Yahoo.

Streamers:

Quarterbacks:

  • Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) vs LV – Quarterback of above average offense facing a below average defense is always a streamers dream. Panthers will be playing from behind all year as well since their defense will be bottom five in the league.
  • Gardnew Minshew (JAX) vs IND – Another team that is going to be playing from behind as the Jaguars cleaned house this offseason. Minshew’s running ability will also allow him to produce fantasy points. 
  • Philip Rivers (IND) vs JAX – Colts may not have any flashy weapons on offense after T.Y. Hilton but they are facing a bottom five defense and their offensive line will allow Rivers plenty of time to throw
  • Derek Carr (LV) vs CAR – Similar to Rivers, Carr is facing a very weak defense and could put up solid fantasy points in week one. Raiders also spent two early draft picks on wide receivers giving Carr more options to throw to. 

Tight Ends:

  • Jack Doyle (IND) vs JAX – Trey Burton may miss the start of the season allowing Doyle to be the clear cut number one tight end on the team. Rivers has loved to target tight ends in the past (Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry)
  • Jonnu Smith (TEN) vs DEN – Arguably the number two receiving option in Tennessee, Smith should see plenty of targets this year. 
  • Chris Herndon (NYJ) vs BUF – Injuries made him miss most of last year but Herndon has had hype around him for sometime. Below average receiving corp could allow him to finally breakout. 

Defense:

  • Chargers vs CIN – Chargers added Linval Joseph and Chris Harris Jr to help shore up their defense. They are playing rookie quarterback Joe Burrows who did not have the opportunity to play in preseason games. While I think Burrows will be a good quarterback, he is still a rookie and the Chargers could take advantage of his growing pains. 
  • Titans vs DEN – Titans recently signed Jadeveon Clowney to help with their front seven. Pairing him with Harold Landry as well as having a solid secondary could force and second year quarterback Drew Lock into some turnovers.

Watchlist:

Running Backs:

  • Duke Johnson (HOU) and Boston Scott (PHI) – Not sure how both are only 46% and 40% rostered respectively. While neither of these guys are their team’s number one option, both could play a significant offensive role, especially in PPR formats.
  • Darrel Williams (KC) – Andy Reid said they plan on splitting carries between Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams. While I do not 100% buy this, it is something to monitor, especially if you are an Edwards-Helaire owner.
  • Darrell Henderson Jr, and Malcolm Brown (LAR) – Rams have a very crowded running back situation. While Cam Akers will most likely be the lead back, McVay has said they plan on going with a committee. Keep an eye on who gets the most touches and how they are used. 
  • Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson (JAX) – After cutting Leonard Fournette and placing Ryquell Armstead on the reserve/COVID-19 list, it is unsure who will get leadback duties. Chris Thompson will be getting the majority of third down snaps and should be rostered in PPR formats. However, both Ozigbo and Robinson could be interesting bench stashes.
  • Joshua Kelley (LAC) – Kelley could have a significant role in the Chargers offense as the number two running back. He could become a one-two punch with Austin Ekeler like they had with Gordon and Ekeler. 
  • Bryce Love (WAS) – Love should be the 2nd running back behind Antonio Gibson on a team that cut both Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson this offseason. Should see plenty of snaps on a young offensive team.

Wide Receivers:

  • DeSean Jackson (PHI) – Jalen Reagor is going to miss atleast week one and the team is trying to trade Alshon Jeffrey (good luck) which leaves just DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as the top receivers on the team.
  • Justin Jefferson (MIN) – With the departure of Stefon Diggs, Jefferson has the opportunity to become the Vikings number two receiver behind Adam Thielen. 
  • Bryan Edwards (LV) – Tyrell Williams is now out for the season with a torn labrum opening the door for Bryan Edwards. They still have Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller, but Edwards could still have fantasy value.
  • Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr. (IND) – I have seen rumors that both have looked good in camp and they will be the team’s second receiver. With no preseason, week one should indicate who the coaching staff and RIvers trusts more. 
  • N’Keal Harry (NE) – The biggest question mark for the Patriots offense is Cam Newton’s health and if he can return to his older self. Even if Newton isn’t at his MVP level, Harry could excel as he is the number two receiver in New England.
>