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Fantasy Football Week 1 “Stream” Team, Roster Repair for Buccaneers and Dolphins Owners

Buccaneers and Dolphins Unexpected Bye Week

Oddly enough, Roger Goodell made yet another astounding decision! This time, “The Clown” robbed Tampa and Miami of a crucial Week 11 bye, rather than use a neutral site for their opener.

Thus, many fantasy owners have been left scrambling. Especially if you took our advice and loaded up on Mike Evans and DeVante Parker at WR.

Or maybe you took Jameis Winston and, as advised, didn’t burn a roster spot on a QB2.

Perhaps you were riding Jacquizz Rodgers and Doug Martin as your RB2, or Jay Ajayi as your first round workhorse.

Maybe you punted tight end and were counting on a Julius Thomas or Cameron Brate stream.

Regardless, our mailbag is being flooded with roster pain points, and we’re here to help fix them. Thus, we give you some names owned in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues who could fill in for your QB, WR, RB, TE, and Flex spots with our “Stream” Team.

Week One “Stream” Team

Quarterback

First, check if Tyrod Taylor (QB – BUF, 50% owned) got tossed to the curb after his injury. He gets the hapless Jets this week, and should pile on some points. If he’s gone…

  • Sam Bradford (QB – MIN, 21% owned): This is a pure match up play against the hapless Saints secondary. Bradford remains King Checkdown, but he now has some more explosive talents to dump off to with Dalvin Cook. Against a Saints team that has never valued tackling, Bradford could be a yardage beast without chucking deeper than 10 yards.

Other Name(s):

Brian Hoyer (QB – SF, 13% owned)

Running Back

Please ensure you’re not in one of the 49% of joke leagues where James White is available. Once confirmed, or cleaned up, also consider:

  • CJ Prosise (RB – SEA, 33% owned): Though frustratingly injury prone, Prosise was declared “100% healthy” by HC Pete Carroll.  His season could end just as soon as it begins, but when on the field Prosise brings game-changing speed. He’s used very creatively in this attack, and Russell Wilson was playing on a whole other level this preseason. For the games he lasts, Prosise will be a highly usable 1/2 and especially Full PPR asset. He’s my top bandaid if available
  • Shane Vereen (RB – NYG, 16% owned): Vereen drew rave reports throughout OTAs, as beat writers noted his heavy involvement in this pass-happy attack. The Dallas game calls for some aerial fireworks, and Vereen could find himself on the receiving end of 5-6 dumpoffs, minimum.

Wide Receiver

Ensure your league is not an embarrassment, and scour the wire for Ted Ginn (WR – NO, 69% owned), Corey Coleman (WR-CLE, 64% owned), Zay Jones (WR – BUF, 45% owned), and Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ, 38% owned).

*Side Note* if not in need of an immediate starter, make sure Corey Davis (WR – TEN, 47% owned) isn’t just sitting their ripe for the taking.

If unavailable, check:

  • Taylor Gabriel (WR – ATL, 29% owned): By all accounts, the Falcons have maintained their aggressive, vertical tendencies under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. This is fantastic news for Gabriel, one of the league’s most under appreciated sources of speed, and thus upside. Imagine if he had caught a 70 yard TD bomb this preseason? He’d be going in Round 8, which is where he may have belonged. If you’re searching for the Week 1 Hail Mary, it’s Gabriel.
  • Kendall Wright (WR – CHI, 13% owned): Wright might be the highest floor option on this list. If you’re feeling solid about the rest of your roster and want a sure 4-5 catches, he could be your guy. I prefer Gabriel for the sheer upside, but you imagine Chicago will be down big and pretty early, meaning some garbage dump offs could be in Wright’s 3rd and 4th quarter future. Don’t discount his familiarity with OC Dowell Loggains; Wright logged a 134 target, 90 catch, 1078 yard season in this scheme in Tennessee.
  • Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR, 25% owned): Though he missed the Rams’ Dress Rehearsal, Kupp has looked like Jared Goff‘s clear go-to guy when on the field, racking up 9 catches for 105 yards and a TD in around a half of work. Hell, even with Sammy Watkins on the field in Week 2, Kupp was targeted 7 times, hauling in 6 of the looks for 70 yards and a TD.  Moreover, Watkins and Goff looked completely out of synch in Week 3, and this offense downright sputtered without Kupp’s knack for getting open. He’s my favorite on this list for consistent long-term value.
  • Paul Richardson (WR – SEA, 8% owned): Richardson is becoming the flavor-of-the-week thanks to a high Yahoo projection. They justify it well in their “Daily Slant,” noting:

“Richardson is an interesting tournament target in an ideal matchup with the Packers. He’ll see plenty of Quinten Rollins (46.2 PFF grade) and Davon House (40.5) on the outside Sunday. The latter allowed 0.53 fantasy points per route defended in 2016, the worst rate among all Week 1 starters. Richardson’s $3.7k price tag on DraftKings is very affordable and his projected ownership is almost non-existent. On top of that, the game has a 51-point total and the Seahawks are underdogs”

Clearly, the ceiling for catch-up volume is present, especially with Jermaine Kearse traded out. Still, Richardson comes with goose egg risk. Tyler Lockett is ready to roll, so the passing scraps behind Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham are uncertain. But Richardson is currently listed as the No.2, but is owned in nearly 40% fewer leagues than Lockett.

Other Names:

Marquise Goodwin (WR – SF, 5% owned)

Kenny Golladay (WR – DET, 15% owned)

Tight End

  • Jared Cook (TE – OAK, 22% owned): Cook drips in TD upside as a potential mismatch nightmare for a team that should be in the red zone quite often. This matchup with Tennessee reeks of a back-and-forth affair, and my gut has Cook finding the end zone while topping 50 yards. He’s a quality desperation TE streamer.
  • Zach Miller (TE – CHI, 5% owned): Don’t forget: through 10 GP, Miller was the TE11 in fantasy last season thanks to double digit 1/2 PPR points in 5 / 10 contests. He was as consistent as you could ask for in a streaming TE, and Miller should start 2017 on a hot note against a Falcons D that ranked 27th against the position.
  • Charles Clay (TE – BUF, 8% owned): The Jets surrendered the 6th most FPs to tight ends in 2017, and only seem to have gotten worse. Meanwhile, Clay’s competition for targets has dwindled. If Josh McCown can be mildly comptent — a huge ask, I know– this game has sneaky shootout potential since both defenses are complete garbage. Clay has a real shot at 4+ catches and a TD here.

Are you repairing a roster after the unexpected “Bye Week?” Let us know how we can help in the comments, or hit me up @RotoStreetWolf

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