With certain positions unless you are able to draft one of the top players (and by that I mean the best at their position) you are going to find great success in streaming players that have favourable matchups. Streaming is picking up a player that you have no intention on keeping on for longer than one week.
The target positions to stream are those that there is not a great positional scarcity so QB and TE.
Every week I’m going to give you a few names of players that you should check your waiver wire for, starting with week 1.
Carson Palmer- Cardinals (@Lions)
Yes the Cardinals offense is all about David Johnson, but there is still a pass catching game to their game. With Fitzgerald in his swansong, helped by a healthy John Brown, Jaron Brown and the live wire in JJ Nelson there is plenty of value in picking up Palmer to put the sword to the Lions who had a bad secondary last year, and haven’t done too much to improve it over the offseason.
Palmer is my preferred streamer, because in Week 2 he also has a great matchup against the weak Colts defence.
Sam Bradford- Vikings (Saints)
Sam Bradford has been much improved from his time with the Eagles and Rams. The offence of quick, short passing game with Steffon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and rookie Dalvin Cook causing havoc to a defence that is among the weakest in the league, that just equals a lot of production for the Vikings signal caller.
Jared Goff- Rams (Colts)
This is my most out there option- but stay with me on it.
The Rams should see an improved passing game in adding some offensive line help to help the talents of Todd Gurley in the running game as well as adding the talents of Sammy Watkins to a receiving corps that has serviceable players in Tavon Austin and Robert Woods.
Throw in the early promise that Cooper Kupp has shown, new coach Sean McVay and the weak Colts defence as their matchup and Goff may have some fantasy value in week 1.
Vance McDonald- 49ers (Panthers)
Brian Hoyer has shown previously he has the ability to allow players to be fantasy relevant. Kyle Shanahan showed last year with the Falcons that he has the ability to throw together an effective offence. The lack of pass catchers in the offence though means that you can find large amounts of value with a tight end like McDonald.
Charles Clay- Bills (Jets)
It seems as though each day that passes there is another receiving player in Buffalo leaving, there has to be someone to catch the ball in a favourable matchup against the Jets. Clay could have some value at tight end.
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