Sneaky Starts: NFL Week 2 Streaming Options
Nick Raducanu helps us recover from those Week 1 landmines and identifies his favorite underrated matchups in his Sneaky Starts for Week 2.
Week 1 was the best of times. Week 1 was the worst of times.
Hopefully, it was the best of times for you. For people like me who drafted a lot of Raheem Mostert, it was the worst of times. But like a great cornerback who just got burned, we must quickly regroup and move on.
So whether you’re filling in a giant Mostert-sized hole, dealing with some late-week injury news, or still making up for a poor draft (don’t feel bad -- it happens to the best of us), let’s see if we can find some streaming options for Week 2.
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Week 2 Streamers
Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos
Teddy (or as Doc calls him: Two Gloves) didn’t look GREAT last week, but he still managed to put up good numbers with 264 passing yards and two touchdowns. While he’ll be without the services of Jerry Jeudy for this week (and beyond), the Broncos have enough depth at wide receiver with Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler ready to step in alongside Courtland Sutton (and Noah Fant). Oh ya, he’s also facing a Jaguars defense that made Tyrod Taylor look like an All-Pro last week.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
I think the end is near for Big Ben (as evidenced by 188 passing yards and one touchdown against the Bills last week). But that doesn’t mean we can’t get some fantasy value out of him this week in a solid home matchup against the Raiders. While I don’t put a ton of stock into home-road splits, Roethlisberger’s splits have enough of a track record that there seems to be something there -- and again, he’s playing the Raiders (who have a short week to prepare).
Mac Jones, New England Patriots
281-330-8004. Who? Mac Jones! I’m a known Patriots homer, but Jones looked really good last week in topping 260 yards against a tough Dolphins secondary. And things get a lot easier against a bad Jets secondary. Jones’ receiving corps leaves something to be desired, but he’s seemed to have developed a nice rapport with Jonnu Smith and Nelson Agholor.
Mark Ingram, Houston Texans
It’s hard to call a guy who just carried the ball 26 times “sneaky,” but Ingram doesn’t scream fantasy starter at this point in his career. While I’m fully prepared for a dud after last week’s huge game, the Texans will again lean on their running game against the Browns this week. If you’re in desperate need of a streamer to fill in for Mostert (or otherwise) -- Ingram should be near the top of your list.
Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders
Another week on the list for Drake. He’s very much the RB2 in Las Vegas, but he’s also very much the passing back and has a floor of at least 7-8 points in PPR leagues. With five receptions for 59 yards last week, Drake exceeded that floor and showed why the Raiders (over)paid him in the offseason.
Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers
I’m not sure if this counts as “sneaky” either, but I feel like everyone is going to be on the Elijah Mitchell train this week. From what I’ve read, Sermon was only inactive last week because he doesn’t play on special teams and Mitchell does. Maybe I’m totally off here, but I think there’s a good chance Sermon is the San Francisco running back to start this week (apologies in advance to those who spent big FAAB money on Mitchell if I’m right).
Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons
I’m just as surprised I’m writing this as you are reading it. Trust me on that. Patterson somehow seems to have found a second wind to his career as a running back (thanks Bill Belichick?) and looked better than Mike Davis at times last week. I wouldn’t feel great starting him this week, but things are bleak out there once you get past RB30 or so. YOLO!
Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots
I mentioned him earlier, but Agholor isn’t the punchline he’s become over pretty much his entire career. While I still think he’s the third option for Mac Jones behind Jonnu Smith and Jakobi Meyers, he’s also Mac Jones’ best big-play option and put up a solid line last week (five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown).
Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills
Another offseason punchline, Beasley saw THIRTEEN targets last week for a very Julian Edelman-esque eight catches for 60 yards. Gabriel Davis and Emmanuel Sanders loom as players who could jump in line ahead of Beasley behind Stefon Diggs, but you absolutely have to start anyone coming off a game where he saw a 25-percent target share.
Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens
Sticking along the punchline theme, Watkins had his annual Week 1 coming-out party against the Raiders last week with four catches (on eight targets) for 96 yards. Will he keep it up all season? Probably not. But it’s worth betting he can for at least another week if you’re desperate for a wide receiver to stream.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
It’s honestly a coin-flip between Patrick and K.J. Hamler to see who will pick up Jerry Jeudy’s slack while he’s out, but I’m going with Patrick since he’s typically been the guy the Broncos have turned to in situations like this. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s the one of those two who found the end zone last week.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
I think he’s on everyone’s radar at this point, but Johnson is worth a start if you’re desperate for tight end help. Did he only see three targets? Yes. Did he turn two of those into a touchdown? Also yes. It doesn’t hurt that Jameis Winston has spoken highly of him this week.
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
I wrote about Kmet in our FAAB report the other day, so it only makes sense that I keep pumping him here. Kmet has taken over as the TE1 in Chicago and drew seven targets on his way to putting up 42 yards on five catches. Elite? No. But you could do a lot worse than Kmet if you’re streaming at tight end this week.
Alright, my friends. That’ll do it for this week.
As always, don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter (@RadRoto) if you have any questions.
I wish you all the best of luck in Week 2, and I’ll see you back here next week to see if we can find some hidden gems.