A lot has transpired in the NFL after just one week, and it is essential to know all of the implications of any important matchups or injuries. Which players will be busts, and which players will be waiver-wire league-winners? Check out our first Fantasy Football Streamers article of the year to see how you can get a leg up on the rest of your opponents for Week 2 of the NFL season.
Teddy Bridgewater Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Teddy Bridgewater looked like a controlled, poised captain in Week 1 against the New York Giants. He completed 28 of his 36 pass attempts for 264 yards and two touchdowns against a solid Giants defense. Bridgewater will have an even smoother time sailing this week against a bottom-two defense in the NFL in the Jaguars. Head coach Urban Meyer looked dazed and confused, and the Jaguars looked like an absolute mess. Bridgewater has a solid chance at a big game.
Jameis Winston Vs. Carolina Panthers
Winston and the New Orleans Saints looked phenomenal against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers played extremely lackluster football, while Winston showed a sense of urgency, totaling five passing touchdowns. He only threw for 148 yards, but the game script did not necessarily require him to sling it around the field. Their defense put Winston and the offense in solid positions where he could make simple throws. Carolina’s defense is far from distressing, and Winston looked as good as ever last week. Unless you have a top-tier quarterback, Winston is worth a look.
Nyheim Hines Vs. Los Angeles Rams
Hines has flex value simply because the Colts will have to pass a lot once they get down early. Additionally, I can see Aaron Donald and company getting to Carson Wentz early and often, and avoid getting hit, will dump down to Hines quite a few times. Hines can get five to six receptions in this game fairly quickly, in my opinion.
Leonard Fournette Vs. Atlanta Falcons
Here is another example of a player who should rack up 15 to 20 touches based on the game script. If Week 1 indicates what is to come, then the Bucs should blow out the Falcons in the first half and then hand the ball off a ton in the second half. Fournette never got in a good rhythm against the Cowboys last week, but he should be relied upon in this game. Since Atlanta’s run defense is so bad, Fournette could put up 100 yards and get a touchdown.
Nelson Agholor Vs. New York Jets
Agholor reeled in five catches out of his seven targets for a total of 72 yards in the Patriots’ loss to the Miami Dolphins. He looked solid and developed a rapport early on with rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Rookie quarterbacks enjoy having guys like Agholor, who they can trust and tend to fixate on if they feel pressure in the pocket. Agholor could get you four to five receptions per week at his current usage, and if he can get you over 50 yards per game, that is a pretty good volume for a flex option in deeper leagues.
Sterling Shepard Vs. Washington Football Team
Shepard has been a solid wide receiver for a few years now. He never seems to get the appreciation he deserves. In Week 1, Shepard racked up seven receptions on nine targets for 113 yards. This kind of volume always deserves attention. If he can put up over 100 yards against the best secondary in the NFL, and if Daniel Jones trusts him, then he can turn into more than just a streamer. He could become a starter. Regardless, he is a great flex play against Washington this week just because of potential targets alone.
Juwan Johnson Vs. Carolina Panthers
Juwan Johnson secured two touchdowns in the Saints’ win against the Green Bay Packers. Johnson still holds streaming value as a red zone threat despite only having three targets in his first game this season. If Winston can trust Johnson in the red zone, he could undoubtedly catch another one this week against a relatively weak Panthers defense.
Cole Kmet Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Cole Kmet still may not have enough fantasy relevancy to be a TE1, but he still has above-average volume potential. In Week 1, Kmet was targeted seven times, and he brought down five of those. Even though he only racked up 42 yards, there is still some potential there. If he finds the end zone against the Bengals, then he can give you enough points to justify scooping him and playing him if you are in a position where you don’t want to play a guy like Kyle Pitts against the Bucs.
Brandon McManus Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
McManus is known around the league as having one of the biggest legs in NFL history. He won’t need all of his leg against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, though. The Broncos should have quite a few touchdowns early in the game, but McManus may be called upon to kick some field goals when they turn to their run game in the second half to juice the clock. His upside is relatively high against a tragic Jaguars defense.
New York Giants Defense Vs. Washington Football Team
The colossal catalyst surrounding this pick is the significant injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1. Fitz-Magic will be replaced by quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who did play exceptionally well last year in Washington’s playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Still, when a team has a backup quarterback playing, it is rare for an offensive outburst. Additionally, the Giants have a solid secondary that could give Washington some fits. They have an opportunity to get a couple of interceptions in this game.