The Stream Life: Week 2
How great is it to have the NFL back? Just when you thought there’s no guarantee win in the league; the Buffalo Bills pull off a great “hold my beer” reference and get blown out by the Baltimore Ravens. Then you have the New Orleans Saints who lose at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The same can be said for fantasy football. Who would have thought Ryan Fitzpatrick would come close to a 50-burger and Nathan Peterman would score negative fantasy points?! Did I push my luck with the Peterman part; it was a no-brainer he’d struggle against the Ravens defense.
Before I reveal my week 2 streaming options, let’s recap & grade my week 1 streamers:
Andy Dalton – while he finished outside the top 10 in week 1 – he did finish ahead of Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger. That’s worth a B grade.
Tyler Eifert – finished with a disappointing three catches for 44 yards. Eifert did outscore Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton, and Evan Engram. I’ll give myself a C grade. I had higher expectations.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins – He scored fewer points than Eifert but did have a touchdown catch called back. He still outscored the names listed above and with my expectations not as high as they were for Eifert, I’ll go with a C+ grade.
Brett Maher – I need to own this one. A negative fantasy score is all that needs to be said. This is an obvious F grade.
Atlanta Falcons Defense – 1 interception, a fumble recovery, and two sacks, but it wasn’t enough as they only scored single-digit fantasy points. This is a C grade.
Detroit Lions Defense – a pick six is always nice. Plus a fumble recovery and two sacks. The problem is the Lions offense did no favors helping out the defense. I feel like The Rock here but, “It doesn’t matter” as the Lions essentially gave up in the third quarter. I’ll give myself a D on this one.
Now that you have a feel for the stream life and my grading scale check out my week 2 go-getters for The Stream Life:
QB: Tyrod Taylor – Browns @ Saints:
Captain obvious checking in here. While the Saints will be more focused this week, I’ll take my chances with Taylor as he gets to play in a climate-controlled atmosphere and has plenty of weapons around him. While we shouldn’t expect 77 rushing yards again, he should be above his 197 passing yards from week 1.
QB: Case Keenum – Broncos vs Raiders:
Here is my personal stream starter for the week. Keenum scored around 30 fantasy points last week and had three interceptions! Keenum threw for over 300 yards and had three touchdowns last week. Now comes an Oakland Raiders defense, who played on Monday Night Football, has to travel to Denver, and gave up two touchdowns to a QB who didn’t play in the pre-season. I like Keenum a lot this week.
TE: George Kittle – 49ers vs Lions:
Here’s another obvious pick but Kittle is too talented to stay off your fantasy roster. I know Marquise Goodwin was injured in week 1 but Kittle was able to receive nine targets. I’ll take that or the 90 receiving yards he had every time.
DEF: New York Jets – Jets vs Dolphins:
Call me a sucker, but when a defense is hot that can carry over from week to week. After intercepting Matt Stafford four times in week one, I’ll roll the dice with the Jets as they face the Miami Dolphins at home in week 2.
DEF: Chicago Bears – Bears vs Seahawks:
The Bears defense is slightly less than 50% owned in ESPN.com leagues. With that pass rush going against a poor Seattle Seahawks offensive line, this is a must-start defense this week.
K: Brandon McManus – Broncos vs Raiders:
It looks like the Denver Broncos will have a sneaky good offense this season. Add in the fact they are home kicking in the altitude against the Raiders this week I expect a double-digit performance.
Thanks for checking in on The Stream Life for week 2. Things can only get better from here!