Week 4 of the NFL season is upon us, and the fantasy season continues to be crazy. Le'Veon Bell returns from his suspension this week. Tom Brady returns from his next week. Josh Gordon is one week away from returning to the NFL. At the same time, injuries are still hitting, with Jeremy Langford slated to miss the next few weeks. Bye weeks are also beginning, with both Green Bay and Philadelphia taking a week off. It's a long season, and even if you've had a slow start to the season, there is still plenty of time to turn things around. For starters, let's look at some potential adds this week. Happy streaming, and hope this helps!--Mike B.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys. Prescott had an impressive game against the Bears, but then again, it was the Bears. Still, if you need a quick spot start this week to cover a bye (or as Russell Wilson insurance), he's worth a speculative grab.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos. The Cincinnati Bengals forced Siemian to go downfield last week, and he did a phenomenal job. He has looked good throughout this season and is beginning to show that he has the potential to be much more than a game manager at quarterback. While he won't win you matchups on his own, he certainly can help you cover a bye if you were depending on Carson Wentz or Aaron Rodgers. He's well worth a look. His game against the Bengals was phenomenal.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins. I get it. Vontaze Burfict returns to the Bengals this week. At the same time, this is a team that has been historically terrible in prime time under head coach Marvin Lewis. Tannehill isn't the best option at quarterback this week, but he is a player that could have a nice Thursday night against a team that historically struggles in the prime time spotlight.
Joique Bell, RB, Chicago Bears. In light of the Jeremy Langford injury, the Bears just signed former Lions running back Joique Bell. Bell was always an average-at-best type of player in Detroit, but he put up respectable numbers in a time share there. If the Chicago backfield emerges as a time share as well, Bell and Howard could both put up useful numbers.
Travaris Cadet, RB, New Orleans Saints. If you're not in a PPR league, ignore this suggestion. If you are, grab Cadet now. He had six catches this past week for 32 yards, generating 9 points in basic ppr formats. While that's not a RB1 number, it does make for a nice flex play. Worth a look in PPR leagues. He actually won a matchup for me this week.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants. Darkwa is largely untouched in fantasy leagues, and Shane Vereen just went down for the season. With Jennings also injured, Darkwa could see lots of touches this year. If he's there grab him now.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. This is a long-term pickup that will help you down the stretch. Once Dixon is healthy, he should take over as the lead back in Baltimore. That means more points for you. He has more long-term upside than any other back in that offense, and an add now might pay huge dividends for your fantasy team down the road.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears. Howard is a talented running back but has not received many looks yet in the Chicago offense. That will change with Jeremy Langford going down with injury. I expect him and newly acquired RB Joique Bell to compete for carries. This is likely going to turn into a committee, but one of these guys should get a decent number of looks. Howard's a guy to snag.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys. Beasley actually has a really good chemistry going with Dak Prescott, and currently leads the Cowboys in targets, catches, and receiving yards. While I don't expect him to outperform Dez Bryant for the whole season, he's a guy that should be owned in your league right now.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins. Crowder is still the Redskins' leading receiver, and may continue to be down the stretch. If he's available, he's a guy to grab. If you're in a PPR league, he's even more valuable. Go get him.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns. Gordon returns to the NFL in week 5, as long as he doesn't get suspended again between now and then. When active, Gordon is one of the best wrs in the NFL. If he's still on waivers, take a gamble on him if you have any available room at all.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Humphries had 9 catches for 100 yards against the Rams. He's a guy that should be on your radar. If you have room for a flier on your roster, give him a shot.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns. Pryor broke out in a big way this past weekend. While he likely won't continue that success throughout the season, he should continue to be the #1 option in the Cleveland offense, at least this week. If you can, either sell high on him this week or next week once Gordon returns.
Jace Amaro TE, Tennessee Titans. Looked good as a fill in for Delanie Walker. If walker sits again, slip him into your lineup.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Suddenly, Brate is officially the starting TE in Tampa Bay. He is a guy the coaches were high on in the preseason, and now he's taking over the role. If you need a flier, give him a look.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. Check your waivers alert. Sometimes injured players find themselves cut to make space for a replacement with less upside. If someone has stashed Eifert on waivers hoping nobody would notice, take notice, and add him to your roster now.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. Rudolph has had a nice start to the season. He's looked solid throughout the year, even with uncertainty at quarterback, and has emerged as the #2 receiving threat in the Vikings offense. If you need help at the position, go get him.
Arizona Cardinals D/ST. The Cardinals shouldn't be on waivers at this point, but someone in your league might have dropped them following their rough game against the Bills. If that's the case, go get them now. I expect them to be angry following a poor performance last week, and the Rams offense is lacking.
Dallas Cowboys D/ST. The 49ers offense is pretty bad. That makes Dallas look pretty good as a streaming option on defense this week.
Miami Dolphins D/ST. Cincinnati has some great offensive weapons, but this might be a rough game for the Bengals offense in prime time. I expect Marvin Lewis' prime time demons to rear their ugly head in a big way this week after the team has already looked sloppy in key situations. Could spell a big game for the Dolphins D.
Washington Redskins D/ST. This week, the Redskins get to play the Cleveland Browns offense. Although Terrelle Pryor has emerged as a weapon, this could be a great matchup for this unit. Start accordingly.
Week three of the NFL season is already here. Injuries are a huge story, with guys like Adrian Peterson, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Jonathan Stewart all getting dinged up. Ever since Roger Goodell vowed to make the league safer, it seems that injuries are up. But I digress. This week, you might be looking for streamers to help your team. Who do I like? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming! --Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford looked well worth the trade that Minnesota made to get him last week for Minnesota. For as long as he stays healthy, he should be a useful fantasy starter. If you're dealing with quarterback injuries or need a spot start until Brady comes back, snag Bradford.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Unowned in far too many leagues. He shouldn't be on this list, but he gets overlooked in a lot of leagues. Take a look.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans. Mariota is still unowned in a lot of leagues. Don't let that happen in yours. Add him now, and start him if needed.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins. This week, the Miami Dolphins face the Cleveland Browns. Tannehill looked good last week against the Patriots, and should look even better againt Cleveland, one of the worst teams in the NFL. He's a guy you can start with confidence this week against Cleveland.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. This rookie QB is for real. Like Dalton, he should be owned in most leagues, but if he's somehow available, he's a guy that you might be able to plug in and get some solid use out of depending on your other options at the position.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers. People expect Whittaker to get the bulk of the carries in Carolina this week, but Artis-Payne could be in for some looks as well. He might make a sneaky flex play this week depending on his touches.
Matt Asiata/Jerick McKinnon, RBs, Minnesota Vikings. With Adrian Peterson out with a torn meniscus, one (if not both) of these guys will be fantasy relevant moving forward. McKinnon is the better bet, but Asiata could see a lot of touches as well.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns. Crowell looks like he's going to be the #1 RB in the Cleveland backfield moving forward. If he's available, snag him now. I've liked him since week 1, and he should continue to provide some sneaky value.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions. With Ameer Abdullah dealing with injuries, Riddick could be in for an increase in touches this week. He's already a great PPR option, and the increase in touches this week make Riddick almost a must-start in all formats this week.
Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sims is a guy that should be owned in all ppr leagues even when Doug Martin is healthy. With Martin injured, Sims is almost a must-start this week. Go get him now!
Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina Panthers. Fozzy has always been one of my favorite players in the NFL because of his name, and I get to hype him again this week now that he has a chance to start. He's looked good when he's had carries, so he could make a nice flex start this week depending on how he looks heading into the week.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins. Are you in a PPR league? Then Crowder is a guy that you want on your team. He's had 6 catches in each of his first two games this season, and should continue to see a nice volume of catches moving forward. Worth grabbing.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants. Cruz is back, at least for now. The good news is you may still be able to grab him off of waivers. He's an injury risk, but if you're adding him from waivers you're getting him basically for free. I'd take a gamble on him this week and moving forward if he's available.
Quincy Enumwa, WR, New York Jets. Enumwa is a guy that needs to be owned in all leagues given his start with the Jets. He will be a big part of the Jets offense moving forward, and will help your fantasy team, as a flex option if nothing else. Worth an add.
Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers. I hyped Williams last week in light of the Keenan Allen injury. He was as promised, and should be well worth using down the stretch this season. If he's there, snag him.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron is starting to look like a very solid option in the Lions passing game. He could be headed for a breakout season, and looks good early. If you need an option, he's worth a shot.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. Eifert isn't a player that is going to help you this week but he's a nice future pickup if you're in a smaller league. He's probably on waivers in very small leagues, and should be back in a week or two. Grab him now, and plan for the future.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons. Jacob Tamme is a viable starting fantasy tight end. I know, I've started him the last two weeks in one of my leagues and he's put up solid points for me. He's also a guy that gets no fantasy love, and should therefore be available on waivers. He's a great sneaky pick that can be more than just a spot start for your team.
Miami Dolphins D/ST. With the Cleveland Browns on their third quarterback in three weeks, this unit is a must start this week against Cleveland. Expect the Dolphins to go after Cody Kessler early and often, and force some big turnovers.
New York Giants D/ST. If the Giants are available, they're almost a must-start against the Redskins. This defensive unit looked dominant against the Saints, and they should dominate against Washington. They should put up some nice points this week, especially if you get lots of credit for turnovers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST. The Rams offense has put up 9 points in two games this season. That points to a very good offense to start a fantasy defense against! This week, the Rams face Tampa Bay. Start the Bucs defense with confidence this week.
Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books. Last week, if you listened to me, you might have picked up Isaiah Crowell, Charles Sims, Tajae Sharpe, Eli Rogers, Dwayne Allen, or CJ Uzomah and gained some solid fantasy points. Or you might have taken my swing and miss on Zach Zenner. The point is, there are always some valuable players to be had on the waiver wire. With the injury bug already biting, and RGIII and Keenan Allen both out due to injury for the season, it's time to check out the free agents available in your league and see what additions might help fill out YOUR roster. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans. If Mariota went undrafted in your league, now is the time to buy in. The Tennessee offense has potential to be decent, and Mariota is a huge talent. He should be a decent start for your team.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans. Osweiler didn't look bad last week with the Texans, and he should continue to improve as he learns the offense. He's not a guy that will win your leagues on his own, but he's well worth a shot if you need a backup offense.
Matt Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions. Stafford shouldn't be available in your league, but he might be. He has a strong relationship with his offensive coordinator and could put up some huge numbers down the stretch. If you want a high upside guy to buy in on now with a low investment cost, snag Stafford.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz looked as advertised last week against the Browns. He is clearly ready to start in the NFL, and looked dominant against a Cleveland team that is better defensively than many give them credit for. Look for him to continue to be successful as he gets more familiar with the system.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons. Coleman had a relatively dominant game last week for Atlanta. He had fewer touches than Freeman, but he outperformed him. If he's available, grab him now before that changes. The move could win you a league or two.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns. If Crowell is still available, go get him now. He looks like he could be the Jeremy Hill player in Hue Jackson's offense in Cleveland. Well worth a shot.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens. West didn't blow up the stat columns last week but he did get 12 carries. That tells me that he will get regular looks in this Baltimore offense. If you're looking for a flex dart, West is worth a shot.
Philip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Dorsett should see a ton of looks in the Indianapolis offense this year. He's not the breakout option that Moncrief is, but he's well worth a look if he's sitting there on waivers. He'll at least see touches this season.
Quincy Enumwa, WR, New York Jets. Enumwa is going to receive a significant portion of looks in the Jets offense this season. That means he will be fantasy relevant for your team. Granted, he's not a WR1, but he's well worth a look especially if you need a spot start this week.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans. If you didn't go get Tajae Sharpe last year, go get him NOW. He had a dominant game last week in Tennessee, with 7 catches and a big chunk of yards. Especially in a PPR league, he's going to be very, very valuable.
Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers. I started Tyrell Williams in what amounted to a flex start in one of my leagues this week to cover my loss of Le'Veon Bell. I wasn't disappointed. He developed a strong rapport with Philip Rivers in the preseason, and with Keenan Allen out for the year, Williams will get regular looks throughout the season.
Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns. Last year with McCown, Gary Barnidge averaged more fantasy points per game than Rob Gronkowski. With RGIII out for the year and McCown taking over in Cleveland, the time is now for Barnidge to become fantasy relevant again. If you can snag him this week, do it.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron looked very, very solid in week 1. He's been a breakout candidate since he's been in the NFL, but now he might be ready to actually break out. If you can get him and are in need of a TE, give him a long look.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons. Tamme is a guy that doesn't get enough respect. The #1 TE in Atlanta catching passes from Matt Ryan, he could be well worth a shot if he's available. Nice option for your team.
CJ Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. If you're dealing with an injured Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifert right now, why not grab CJ Uzomah in Cincinnati? He was second on the Bengals in targets behind only AJ Green, and should continue to get a large number of looks in Cincinnati until Eifert returns. Well worth a shot.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. The Ravens play the Browns this week. The Browns just lost RGIII for the season. That makes them a fun team to play against on defense. Grab the Ravens D/ST this week and consider yourself lucky.
San Francisco 49ers D/ST. The 49ers looked dominant on defense last week. While they have a tougher matchup this week against the Panthers, they could put up a surprisingly good week again this week. Worth a dart if needed.
Washington Redskins D/ST. Dak Prescott is a decent quarterback, but could make regular mistakes during his rookie season. The Redskins will hope to capitalize on those mistakes this week. They should be available in your league, and could put up some solid numbers, especially in leagues that favor turnovers.
The NFL regular season is finally upon us, and across the nation, people are setting their lineups and snagging their sleepers. Everyone likes an extra set of eyes, an extra suggestion or two, an extra look at the potentially overlooked talent available following the end of drafts. This week, I continue my weekly streamer series from last season. I'll give you a list of players that I'm intrigued by either this week or this season, with a focus on season-long value for week 1. Defenses are tough this week since many of the best defenses have the best matchups, but I'll outline a few defensive units that stand out who might be on your waivers as well. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cin. Most people are buying Dalton in leagues this year, but he's a guy that might have sneaked into undrafted territory in some smaller leagues due to concerns about WRs and Hue Jackson leaving the team. With Zampese taking over offensive coordinator duty in Cincinnati, Dalton could have a very strong season. He's worth a look if you can get him cheaply.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, NE. Garoppolo is a guy with a lot of similarities to Dallas QB Tony Romo. If you watch the film, at times they look like the same guy. If Garoppolo can use these similarities to his advantage, he should have a strong four game run as quarterback of the Patriots. Well worth a snag here if you're weak at QB.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dal. Prescott is a guy that is going to see a lot of snaps early in the season with Tony Romo out. He's done a lot of things well this preseason, and looked solid in college. While there will be growing pains, there's a chance at some real value here. Look accordingly if you need a quarterback.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cle. Duke Johnson is getting most of the hype in the Cleveland backfield, but Crowell could see a ton of carries as well. Hue Jackson is known to use a two running back attack effectively, and Crowell could become the bellcow back in the Cleveland offense. If you have room, snag him.
Jhurell Pressley, RB, GB. This is largely a speculative pick, but one that could pay off hugely. Maybe Lacy slows down and gets streaky like he has in the past. Maybe Pressley outperforms Starks in practice. Pressley is a guy to watch early and often this season. He could wind up taking carries in the Packers backfield at any point this season, at which point he may become fantasy relevant. The talent is there, but are the carries? Monitor his situation closely.
Charles Sims, RB, TB. Sims is the new Danny Woodhead. Lots of receiving yards and lots of receptions, as well as a reasonable amount of rushing yards. He's overlooked, especially in smaller leagues, but he will be useful, especially in a PPR setting.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pit. With Bell suspended to begin the season, Williams is a must-add if he's available in your league. Enough said.
Zach Zenner, RB, Det. Zenner is a huge fantasy sleeper right now. He could be this year's version of Joique Bell, and as someone who has watched a ton of his college film, he might be the best RB in Detroit. He's worth an early grab.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Phi. With Jordan Matthews battling an injury, Green-Beckham could be the top WR in the Eagles passing attack this week. While Carson Wentz is an unproven commodity and Green-Beckham is still relatively inconsistent in his young career, the upside is there for something special. He could have a really nice game this week.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Was. Jackson had a solid finish to last season, and DeSean Jackson faces Pittsburgh, Dallas, the Giants, the Browns, the Ravens, the Eagles, and the Lions to open the season. That's a great schedule for a fantasy WR. If you can, grab him cheaply now, and trade him once he gets hot. Rookie WRs take a while to get accustomed to the NFL, so Doctson might have a slow start to the year, rendering DeSean the lead dog there for the first half of the year. As Doctson begins to find his stride, trade away Jackson at maximum value. It might not be a waiver pickup, but it's a strategy that could pay off nicely for you. Keep Jackson in mind.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Ten. I get it. Sharpe is an underhyped guy, but look at his situation. He impressed at minicamp. He impressed in preseason so much that the Titans traded away WR Dorial Green-Beckham. He's not a guy that's going to be the immediate #1 WR on your fantasy team, but he's a guy that might be a free agent that could win your league this season. Get him now, if he's still there.
Eli Rogers, WR, Pit. Rogers is a guy I like a lot in Pittsburgh. While Sammie Coates is getting most of the love as a breakout candidate, Rogers looks the part of a perfect NFL slot receiver. I expect a big season out of Rogers this year, and he could be the second best WR in this Steelers offense. With Le'Veon Bell out to begin the season, they could look to pass a bit more often. Buy in early.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Ind. This week, the Colts play the Lions, a team who gave up a ton of points to tight ends last season. Allen is now the top dog in Indy's offense, and could have a big game this week. Worth a long look.
Coby Fleener, TE, NO. Last year, one of my favorite strategies when streaming tight ends was starting whoever started against the Raiders, one of the league's worst defenses against tight ends. This year, for starters, is no different. Fleener is worth a throw of the dart if he happens to be on waivers in your league. Grab him, start him, and sell high after a big game this week when everyone begins to think "Jimmy Graham 2.0".
Jesse James, TE, Pit. LaDarius Green is struggling with injuries, and the Le'Veon Bell is suspended for the first few games of the year. James could be a sneaky start this week. I'm not expecting a blowout performance, but I would expect at least a decent showing out of James this week.
Tyler Kroft/CJ Uzomah, TE, Cin. Pick whichever one of these guys winds up starting for the Bengals this week. One of these guys has to fill in the Tyler Eifert role in the Cincinnati passing attack. Kroft is dinged up too, so that might actually be Uzomah. I'll admit it, as a Bengals fan, it was nice just to be able to hype Uzomah for the week since I might never have another chance, but he could be a viable fantasy streamer if he starts this week. So could Kroft.
Cleveland Browns D/ST. This could be a big week defensively for the Browns. They face Carson Wentz in his first career start, and Wentz is still transitioning to the NFL. This might be a turnover-heavy matchup, which will generate points.
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST. I'm not entirely sold on Philly's defense, but they should have a strong showing against the Cleveland Browns in week 1. If you need a spot start, Philly's your team.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. The Vikings play the Titans this week. While Tennessee has the makings of a solid team in place, their offense is a year or two away from fully arriving. They should be a good team to face for fantasy purposes this season. If the Vikings defense is available, they are a potential top 10 defense, and might even slip into the top 5. Buy early.
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