How to live the Stream Life
Welcome to the article that creates the most debate and leaves everything up to chance, luck, and a gut feeling. This is Bryan Ferrer and I’ll be providing you with “The Stream Life” an article set to release every Thursday afternoon during the NFL fantasy football season. Throughout the season you can count on me bringing you the top streaming options at QB, TE, K, and Team Defense. Before I dive into what’s on the menu for today’s article allow me to give you a quick synopsis of my life. I’m from Canton, Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2013! In my free time, I enjoy beating people in Madden, going to the gym, spending time with my wife, a tasty alcoholic beverage and watching or playing anything sports related. My interest in fantasy sports began in 2005 and my passion for fantasy took over rather quickly. Fast forward to now and I work in insurance. My wife and I currently live in Gainesville, Florida and my desire to work in sports are at an all-time high. So, without further ado let’s get into today’s special: How can YOU live the stream life and use it to win your league championship.
We have all been there. We remember the first time. The butterflies in the stomach and the courage it takes to commit. Your palms might get sweaty, but you take a deep breath and go for it. That’s the feeling we get when we add a streaming starter in fantasy sports. You check to see who’s available in your league and how they can help you win your weekly matchup. Each week you can count on me to provide you with players to consider adding and starting in your lineup that should be available in most fantasy leagues. Before we look ahead, check out these examples of streaming in 2017. The Saints D/ST scored 21 fantasy points in week 4 when they traveled to face the Dolphins. That week the Baltimore Ravens D/ST only scored 2 points hosting the Steelers. The same can be said for kickers. Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens scored 8, 5, and 1 fantasy point over the first three weeks of the season. Ryan Succop of the Tennessee Titans scored 11, 15, and 16 fantasy points over that same span. Remember the 2016 version of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan? In 2017 Ryan got off to a slow start. Through the first three weeks of the season, Ryan had 4 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions. In week 4, we could turn The Stream Life from fantasy to reality. Matt Ryan was facing the Buffalo Bills, who already had 4 defensive interceptions. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith was the perfect streaming candidate with a home game against the Washington Redskins. The result speaks for itself, a 28-9-point differential in favor of Smith. The Stream Life is real and can help you win your weekly matchups.
Here’s a taste for what you can expect in 2018. Week 1 Stream Life Options:
QB: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
The Titans travel to Miami to face a Dolphins defense that gave up an average of 16 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in 2017. With Mariota poised for a bounce-back year, he will want to start the season off strong. In week 5 of the 2016 regular season, the Titans traveled to Mariota and in that game, he tied his career high with four total touchdowns. While that is his ceiling when he travels to Miami, Mariota is a sneaky streaming option for week 1.
Team D/ST: Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions D/ST is going undrafted in most fantasy leagues. In week 1 of the regular season, the Lions are hosting the New York Jets in-game one of the Monday Night Football doubleheader. If the third overall pick Sam Darnold wins the starting job at quarterback then I’ll take my chances with a Lions defense that had 19 interceptions and 7 defensive/special team’s touchdowns last season. I’m not saying Nathan Peterman 2.0 is going to happen but rookie quarterbacks have a proven track record of making mistakes. Bake in first NFL start ever on the road and you have a recipe for a big night from the Lions defense.
As the season goes on there will be some guys on your bench and you must ask yourself, “why am I still holding onto this player?” If you are pondering over adding a specific player be sure to read my article first and hopefully I can help with those butterflies. Every fantasy league is different so if you’re looking for advice on who to drop for my suggested streaming options please send your questions to me via Twitter @bferrer. Come back during the regular season and see what players can help lead you to a championship this season.