It's Thursday, and that means Week 2 Streamers at The Fantasy Takeaway. Last week's Cheap Dates article included Jared Cook (27 points; TE1), Jared Goff (16.22 points; QB15), Jesse James, (9 points; TE9), and the Browns D/ST (16 points; D/ST5) to name a few. This week I'm including running backs and wide receivers, because while Week 1 wasn't as bad as last year, injuries happen, and it's vital to know where to get production off the waiver wire when guys like Devonta Freeman and Marquise Goodwin wind up in danger of finding themselves on your fantasy team's IR.
Tyrod Taylor @ New Orleans (ESPN: 42.5%, Yahoo!: 27%, NFL: 8%)
The New Orleans Saints gave up 42.3 points to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1, and while this was certainly an aberration, that Saints defense did not look like the one we saw carry New Orleans to within seconds of the 2017 NFC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor put up 23.6 points vs. the Steelers in awful conditions. Taylor isn't the sexiest of fantasy quarterbacks, but he's effective. With a number eight finish at the position throwing the ball to a hobbled Sammy Watkins and a bunch of absolute nobodies, it's tough to understand why Taylor isn't owned in more than 50 percent of leagues.
Case Keenum vs. Oakland (ESPN: 18.8%, Yahoo!: 35%, NFL: 11.1%)
There will never be any respect in the fantasy community for Case Keenum, and his three interceptions in Week 1 didn't help on that front. Here's the thing, Keenum scored 19.2 points despite those interceptions. Keenum doesn't come with an inherently high ceiling, but against a Raiders defense that just shipped off their most talented player, I'll take my chances with him. Oakland was, in fact, the 20th ranked defense in points allowed to the quarterback with arguably the number one pass rusher in all of football. Imagine how bad they'll be without him.
Jalen Richard @ Denver (ESPN: 1.9%, Yahoo!: 3%, NFL: 0.4%)
In the transition to the Gruden 2.0 era in Oakland, Jalen Richard's name has gotten lost in the shuffle. Everyone's talking about the geriatric duo of Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin, but Richard quietly amassed 16.9 points last week in a game in which the shifty pass-catching running back failed to find the end zone. Richard was second on the team in targets with 11, trailing only Week 1's top scoring tight end in Jared Cook. An every week play Richard is not, but when the Raiders find themselves trailing, as they likely will this week (Vegas has Denver -6), Richard is an excellent option. He's out there in your league unless you're playing with sharks, so if you're struggling at running back, he's a great grab not just for this week, but as a season-long stash with upside.
T.J. Yeldon vs. New England (ESPN: 38.7%, Yahoo!: 62%, NFL: 18%)
With Leonard Fournette's injury history and Week 1 hamstring strain, it's baffling that T.J. Yeldon's ownership isn't higher than 50 percent in leagues on ESPN or NFL. Not only is Yeldon one of the most valuable handcuffs in all of football, he very well may have standalone value as a situational pass catcher in a Jaguars offense that figures to be playing catch up this week considering their matchup with the high-scoring New England Patriots. Admittedly, there is risk in playing Yeldon. Keep an eye on the practice reports to see if Fournette will is limited leading up to Sunday. If he's is a full go, it might be wise to look elsewhere for off-the-wire production, but if he sees a limited workload as late as Friday, Yeldon should be an excellent fill-in flex.
Nyheim Hines @ Washington (ESPN: 7.5%, Yahoo!: 6%, NFL: 0.5%)
Nyheim Hines fumbled four times in two games during his work in the preseason; that fact had fantasy owners running from Hines like Usain Bolt, but it hasn't deterred Frank Reich and his offensive coaching staff from feeding him the rock. Hines was the Colts highest scoring running back in Week 1 vs. Cincinnati, garnering five rushing attempts and seven receptions on nine targets. If Hines continues to get this level of volume in the passing game, he's going to be a good play more often than not in PPR formats.
Quincy Enunwa vs. Miami (ESPN: 38.5%, Yahoo!: 51%, NFL: 10.3%)
Sam Darnold has deficiencies in his game, but his short and intermediate passing ability isn't one of them. During his last full season in 2016, Quincy Enunwa had an aDOT (Average Depth of Target) of 8.9. Compare that to Robby Anderson's aDOT of 13 in 2017, and it's easy to see why Enunwa is the receiver to target for the Jets. As far as stream-to-start candidates go, there really isn't a better option thus far in 2018 than Quincy Enunwa.
Chris Godwin vs. Philadelphia (ESPN: 33.5%, Yahoo!: 35%, NFL: 2.7%)
Chris Godwin's stock skyrockets if DeSean Jackson (Concussion, Shoulder) misses Week 2 vs. Miami. In the four games in which Godwin garnered at least six targets in 2017, he scored an average of 15.3 points. Should Jackson remain sidelined Sunday, Godwin should have an excellent shot at receiving six or more targets. Just like with T.J. Yeldon, keep an eye on the practice reports, or this stream could blow up in your face.
Mike Williams vs. Buffalo (ESPN: 33.5%, Yahoo!: 59%, NFL: 6.4%)
Post-hype sleeper anyone? After a miserable 2017 marred by a debilitating back injury that nearly required season-ending surgery last offseason, Mike Williams is back in action and appears to be 100 percent. Williams isn't a plug-and-play start, especially in the same division as Denver, but in a juicy matchup with a team in the Buffalo Bills that gave up 31.7 points to the wide receiver position last week in a matchup with Joe Flacco and the Ravens utterly lackluster receiver corps, I'll take all the Williams I can get.
Jonnu Smith vs. Houston (ESPN: 2.7%, Yahoo!: 16%, NFL: 0.8%)
Delanie Walker dislocated his ankle and will miss the entire 2018 season; Jonnu Smith will take his place. The Titans offense looked atrocious in Week 1 vs. Miami, but I'm giving them a Mulligan. The game did take seven hours and eight minutes to finally conclude after all. The Houston Texans allowed 123 yards and a touchdown to the tight end position in Week 1 (albeit to Rob Gronkowski), and Houston was fourth worst for fantasy at defending the tight end position in 2017. Smith isn't the safe play in Week 2, but he could pay huge dividends if Marcus Mariota and that Titans offense can settle into that Matt LaFleur system.
Antonio Gates vs. Buffalo (ESPN: 23.3%, Yahoo!: 9%, NFL: 3.2%)
The ageless one has returned! Though he only received three targets in the Chargers Week 1 matchup with Kansas City, there is
Ricky Seals-Jones @ Los Angeles Rams (ESPN: 8%, Yahoo!: 27%, NFL: 5.1%)
Sam Bradford looked awful in Week 1 vs. Washington; there are no two ways about it. This week it's not getting any easier against a Rams front seven featuring names like Ndomakong Suh and Aaron Donald. That said, Raiders tight end Jared Cook (my number one tight end streamer in this article last week) garnered an astonishing 12 targets and hauled in nine passes for 180 yards vs. this Rams defense. I'm not expecting Seals-Jones to put in a repeat performance in Week 2, but even 40 percent of that production in PPR scoring would be plenty to send Seals-Jones streamers on to Week 3 with a W.
Dolphins D/ST @ New York Jets (ESPN: 4.6%, Yahoo!: 1%, NFL: 4.6%)
I'll be honest, the pool of Week 2 Streamers at D/
Redskins D/ST vs. Indianapolis (ESPN: 12.1%, Yahoo!: 18%, NFL: 4.9%)
The matchup for Washington isn't fantastic. Andrew Luck appeared to be a more than competent passer in his Week 1 matchup with the Bengals. Be that as it may, Washington's defense looked stout in their opening game @ Arizona. My pick of the Redskins as a streaming defense is more based on what I saw from their front seven against the Cardinals than it is about their opposition this week. Just as Quincy Enunwa is an excellent stream-to-start candidate at wide receiver, the Redskins are an excellent stream-to-start candidate at D/ST.
Bears D/ST vs. Seattle (ESPN: 49.6%, Yahoo!: 76%, NFL: 35.8%)
After the Bears Week 1 performance at Lambeau, it's mind-boggling that they're not owned in a higher percentage of leagues. Do yourself a favor. If you've gotten this far in this article, go check to see if they're available. Khalil Mack. Enough said.