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Fantasy Football Week 2: Tight End, Kicker and Defense Streamers

A quick recap of Week 1 demonstrates how successful this strategy can be when properly employed and carefully researched. Austin Hooper, my preseason tight end breakout candidate, caught a mere two balls. Sigh. Oh wait, Matt Ryan found him wide open as the 5th option on a pass play, leading to an 88 yard score? I wonder who predicted that? The Pittsburgh Steelers DST feasted on rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer to the tune of 18 fantasy points, forcing a whopping 7 sacks (sound familiar) and blocking a punt for a touchdown against the hapless LA Rams. And lastly Phil Dawson. Actually, more on him later. I will attempt to keep the ownership percentage for each suggestion as low as possible (although finding a remotely playable defense under 50% Yahoo ownership is rather difficult, arguably next to impossible). So let’s take a look at the tight end, kicker and defense streamers for Week 2.

Tight End

Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders (21% Yahoo ownership)

Derek Carr seems to have a liking towards his newest receiving target. Oakland tight end Jared Cook caught all 5 of his targets for 56 yards in his Raiders debut. Maybe here Cook can thrive after years of underperforming in Tennessee, St. Louis and Green Bay. With the Raiders projected to annihilate the New York Jets (currently the biggest underdog of the week at -14), look for Carr to build on his budding relationship with his 4th or 5th option, making Cook a focal point in the second half of a lopsided victory. After giving up one score to Charles Clay Week 1, another tight end touchdown against this junior varsity squad seems possible, if not likely.

Other Options

  • Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins (47% Yahoo ownership)
    • Julius Thomas could be a potential diamond in the ruff. We all remember the success Thomas had with tight-end loving quarterback Peyton Manning when he posted back-to-back 12 touchdown seasons in 2013 and 2014. Now he will be catching passes from tight-end loving quarterback Jay Cutler, who most recently made both Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller fantasy relevant. I like upside in my streamers, and there is significant potential here if Thomas can stay healthy.
  • Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (20% Yahoo ownership)
    • Tyrod Taylor lost his security blanket in Sammy Watkins, but that only means great fantasy news for Charles Clay believers. With no real steady or reliable wide receivers to trust, Taylor targeted Clay a team high 9 times. Sure he only caught 4 of those targets, but one went for a score. Although the Carolina Panthers defense will prove to be a formidable opponent, Clay is a great play based on volume alone.

Kicker

Phil Dawson, K, Arizona Cardinals (13% Yahoo ownership)

Here we go again guys. Listen, I know I said Phil Dawson does not miss. I know I said he had a sniper of a leg from all over the field, especially in a dome. And I know he missed a 32 yard field goal and only scored a measly 4 points Week 1. But you know what, you pick up the pieces and move on. Remember, streaming is all about matchups, and this week Dawson and the Arizona Cardinals travel to the RCA Dome (another dome!) to face off against an Indianapolis Colts team that gave up the most points (46) Week 1 to the Los Angeles freaking Rams! That team led by Jared Goff?!?! Yes that one. And as a bonus Rams kicker Greg The Leg Zuerlien scored a delicious 17 fantasy points agains the Colts, which may be better than most flex spots with how Week 1 scores turned out. This week poses a more significant offensive threat to the Colts in the Cardinals who may be missing their ace running back David Johnson, but they should still move the ball down the field effortlessly as Vegas projects them to score over 25 points. Look for the Cardinals to set the pace throwing the ball plenty this game, moving it up and down the field, but struggle getting it in the end zone, leaving Mr. Dawson with plenty of opportunities.

Other Options

  • Blair Walsh, K, Seattle Seahawks (38% Yahoo ownership)
    • Kickers and blowouts go very well together from a fantasy perspective. So with the Seahawks currently projected as a 14 point favorite, look for Blair Walsh to receive plenty of kicking opportunities in the second half, fourth quarter particularly, as Seattle dominates the 49ers. While Walsh had his struggles in the past, Walsh went a perfect 3/3 Week 1, so let’s ride the wave back to glory and hope for San Fran turnovers and Seattle field goals all day.

Defense

Oakland Raiders DST (58% Yahoo ownership)

Am I piling on the Jets? Yes, I am. Why? Cause they are absolutely horrific. But this pick also has to do with the Oakland Raiders DST holding the Tennessee Titans offense to a mere 16 points Week 1 (Vegas projected the Titans to win the game and score about 27 points). Sure, the Raiders only put up 2 fantasy points, but the bumbling Jets offense handed the Buffalo Bills mediocre defense 12 fantasy points Week 1. This game should be a rout from start to finish, so look for the Jets and turnover machine Josh McCown to play catch up and throw the ball all game.

Other Options

  • Tennessee Titans DST (11% Yahoo ownership)
    •  If 58% is too high for your liking, how about the Tennessee Titans who visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. Vegas projects the Titans as 2 point favorites and to hold the Jaguars around 20 points. However, Blake Bortles still quarterbacks the Jaguars. And now he will play his first game without his “number one” receiver Allen Robinson. While Leonard Fournette looks like he can carry the Jaguars on his back this season, I expect a few turnovers from the inept Bortles, and those equal fantasy points. With a dearth of options available under the preferred 50% threshold, the Titans profile as a solid play.

And that’s a wrap for Week 2 of the Fantasy Football Streamers. Be sure to check back every Thursday to see where to turn to next and get the early leg up on your opponent. Until next time, good luck and godspeed, and may the fantasy football gods forever be in your favor.

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy football discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me @AJGamballer.

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