The top streaming options for your Week 1 fantasy lineup

Football has seen several big-name players scratched for Week 1. Mike Tagliere has some ideas on low-owned fill-ins for this week.

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Texans WR Will Fuller

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The top streaming options for your Week 1 fantasy lineup

Have you ever had one of your starters suffer an injury last minute and be ruled out for a game, only to look at your bench and realize that you have just high-upside “handcuffs” who are not for the player who was injured? Have no worries, that’s what I’m here for.

In this weekly article, we’ll be talking about players who are owned in less than half of the fantasy leagues, yet can be starters for that week. What we’ll be doing is highlighting two players at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver, while giving you one option at tight end each and every week.

While it’s unlikely that you don’t have your starting lineup set for Week 1, there is a chance that you had Jamaal Charles, Teddy Bridgewater or maybe Rob Gronkowski. These are players who may be huge waiver wire adds next week because of the matchup they have this week. Maybe it’s a good time to add them now before others catch on?

(All ownership percentages are as of Friday morning)


Brock Osweiler, Texans (28 percent owned in Yahoo leagues)

A lot of people were calling the Osweiler contract with the Texans to be a bad one, considering the lack of experience he was coming off, as well as the mediocre play in Denver last year. But this preseason he’s looked like a different player. He’s throwing the deep ball with confidence, albeit in a small sample. After completing just 7/30 passes over 20 yards last year with one touchdown, he completed 3/5 this preseason with two touchdowns.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by

  • geo2209

    RG3? I saw you had him ranked ahead of Eli, Palmer (PFF 2015 #1 QB), Dak and Rivers this week which is silly (if anything, Dak should be a streamer over RG3). CLE is starting 2 rookies at wideout, no J.Gordon and is going against a revamped Philly secondary ranked 12th by PFF who even praised McKelvin (who you imply can be exploited by RG3) – “Key stat: Only 47.2 percent of passes into Leodis McKelvin’s
    coverage were completed last season, second only to Darrelle Revis among
    cornerbacks.” Last I checked, Jim Schwartz has almost always fielded a good defense and loves to get after the QB e.g. 2014 Bills. While he will need a year or so to get his players installed, RG3 still holds the ball too long under pressure and is sitting behind a depleted OLine (lost Mitchell Schwartz, Alex Mack) that is ranked 21st by PFF. While I agree that Wentz is probably going to be bad as well, that doesn’t mean RG3 will be good. His TD to Gordon in the preseason, for example – Gordon did all of the work. RG3 had one good game against ATL in the preseason but that doesn’t mean anything. For the entire preseason under pressure he had a 67.5 rating, no pressure 111.6. Since Schwartz is known for his pressure, I’d be starting any of the aforementioned guys ahead of RG3 (Eli/Palmer/Dak/Rivers) due to weapons/ceiling alone. Also, Philly is going to milk clock like crazy because CLE’s league worst rush D isn’t going to be able to stop that OLine and Mathews which caps RG3’s upside. RG3 could surprise us but I’m not betting on him, too risky. I liked your Osweiler pick though (assuming Fuller’s hammy isn’t an issue) since they could have trouble rushing the ball vs PFF’s #9-ranked and revamped front 7.