The Stream Life: Week 1
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The NFL regular season is finally here. Now it’s time to get your NFL apparel out from the closet and wear it with pride. For your sake, hopefully, you get to wear it through Super Bowl Sunday in February.
Every current player has succeeded in their dream of playing in the NFL. Every NFL team has goals of playing in the Super Bowl this year. People who are fans of certain teams have the same dream. Notice the difference between a goal and a dream? As the season begins and our favorite players have goals, there’s no better time than the present, to make goals, be the change you want to be, and have a positive influence on others.
Think about it, the Cleveland Browns – who have gone 1-31 over the previous two seasons – have aspirations of winning the Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars went from 3-13 in 2016 to 10-6 in 2017. The San Francisco 49ers went from winning only 2 games in 2016 to 6 games in 2017. Just like the Cleveland Browns, you can dream BIG. Just like the Jacksonville Jaguars, you can be the change you want to be (According to Pro Football Reference the Jaguars went from the 25th ranked defense to 2nd best, in the span of one year). Just like the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers (went 5-0 as a starter after the team began 1-10 in 2017), you can have a positive influence on others.
Below is a list of players that I hope have a positive influence on my line-up in week 1.
QB: Andy Dalton – Bengals @ Colts:
I know the trendy sleeper QB for this week could be Tyrod Taylor of the Cleveland Browns as he is less than 30% owned. However, let’s be different here and give me Andy Dalton. He has a healthy supporting cast and at less than 20% owned, Dalton is a sneaky QB2 option this week against a Colts defense that allowed 300+ passing yards 6 times in 2017.
TE: Tyler Eifert – Bengals @ Colts:
The Colts defense allowed double-digit fantasy points to TE’S 8 times last season and 3 games with 9 fantasy points. We all know how dangerous Eifert can be when healthy and as someone under 63% owned he’s worth strong consideration for TE1 this week.
TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Jaguars @ Giants:
You would think the Giants defense can only improve from last season. They gave up 13 touchdown receptions to TEs in 2017. The Giants were the 31st ranked team against TE as they only held opposing TE’S under 10 fantasy points 3 times last season. At only 26% owned in ESPN leagues, Seferian-Jenkins is certainly one to consider in two-TE leagues.
K: Brett Maher – Cowboys @ Panthers:
Why not take a shot with Maher, I mean he did win the starting job over the NFL’S most accurate kicker in Dan Bailey. I know it was the preseason, but the Panthers went 3-1 in games to the over point total. In 2017, there were 6 games where the Panthers gave up double-digit fantasy points to kickers. While everyone might wonder who catches passes for the Cowboys, we can sit back and watch Maher put it through the uprights.
DEF: Atlanta Falcons – Falcons @ Eagles:
In what I expect to be a low scoring game to kick off the 2018 NFL season the Falcons defense is barely double-digit owned. Considering the way Nick Foles (0 TD, 2 INT’S, 6 sacks, & 2 fumbles lost) has looked this preseason I’ll take my chances with a defense who finished in the top 10 in yards and points allowed in 2017. If the Falcons can force some turnovers in 2018 this defense has a chance to finish top 12 in fantasy this year.