Week 1 is finally upon us and its time to shift from draft focus to weekly team management. If you are anything like me I went heavy on running back and receiver and let positions like quarterback, tight end and defense slide. Don’t fret though just because you didn’t end up with Aaron Rodgers or Gronk it doesn’t mean you’re screwed. In fact, it means the opposite if you are strong at the most important positions streaming can help lead you to a championship. That’s what this article will do every week is give a few options of guys on the waiver wire who can give you quality production without sacrificing the core positions.
Andy Dalton (ESPN ownership 19.7%)
The red rocket was a late round quarterback darling last season and disappointed everyone. While he had a rough year he was in a terrible situation. A horrendous offensive line and losses of John Ross, Tyler Eifert, and Tyler Boyd really gave him no help. Playing catch with only A.J. Green and nobody else, with no time would be detrimental to even the best quarterbacks. This season he may not be great or even good by any means but in a matchup against a Colts defense that gave up 17.8 points last year to opposing quarterbacks, Dalton has the opportunity for a great game.
Tyrod Taylor (ESPN ownership 30.1%)
Man has life improved for Tyrod Taylor by coming to the Browns (something I never thought I’d hear myself say). The truth is the Browns offense has enough weapons for the ultra-efficient Taylor to succeed. Facing a Steelers team that should put up a lot of points and is weak in the middle of the defense is the perfect storm for Taylor. The Steelers linebackers are slow and that’s where the Browns are built to attack a defense with David Njoku, Jarvis Landy, and Duke Johnson. The nice thing about Tyrod is not only will he be good this year but he has the opportunity to be a guy you can play multiple weeks and cut once they make a shift to Baker Mayfield.
Blake Bortles (ESPN ownership 11.3%)
This one may raise some eyebrows because of the terrible stigma of Bortles. The truth is he’s finished right around QB13 the last three years and has shown he could be productive. This week he’s facing the Giants who were last year’s worst defense giving up 19.4 PPG game against fantasy quarterbacks. To put that into perspective Russell Wilson averaged 16.8 fantasy points per game, which means the Giants can make any quarterback look like a superstar.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ESPN ownership 23.6%)
I’ll keep this one simple, just like with quarterbacks the Giants were the worst team for defending the tight end last year giving up 11.3 PPG. Being the only team out there that gave up double digits to that position it’s a prime matchup. To add to it the Jaguars have a lot of question marks at receiver especially having a lot of quick guys. This makes the opportunity for ASJ to get into the end zone very high.
Ricky Seals-Jones (ESPN ownership 6.4%)
Last season we saw flashes out of Ricky Seals-Jones with back to back games of over 17 points weeks 11&12 then he kind of disappeared. This pre-season he took the majority of the snaps at tight end with the starters for Arizona and is part of a passing offense with very limited weapons. To top it off the last season Sam Bradford was a starter for an entire season Kyle Rudolph had 83 receptions. Which means he’ll be looking at his young athletic tight end often. The matchup against the fourth worst defense from last year at defending the tight end has the opportunity to be a nice break out for Ricky Seals-Jones.
Eric Ebron (ESPN ownership 16.9%)
The Eric Ebron hate was real this draft season with him going undrafted in most leagues. The former first-round pick is still extremely athletic and is possibly the best red-zone threat on the Colts roster. This week he’ll be facing a depleted Bengals defense who is extremely weak up the middle of the field. This week might be a good opportunity to get Ebron incredibly cheap before he’s owned in most leagues.
Redskins (ESPN ownership 10.1%)
The Redskins defense his nothing pretty and wasn’t ranked too high last year. The one thing the Redskins were good at was getting after the passer where they ranked 7th in the league in sacks. This week they face a bad Cardinals offense who has been decimated at the offensive line. The bad line and an immobile Sam Bradford could be a disastrous combination, making the Redskins a sneaky play.
Packers (ESPN ownership 11.0%)
The Packers have quietly improved their defense over the last couple seasons especially at the secondary adding young playmakers. In a high scoring game with a lot of passing they have the opportunity to get their hands on the ball. I know the matchup doesn’t look good on paper with the Bears rebuilding their offense and adding Nagy this offseason but the truth is Trubisky is still not a proven quarterback. With the training wheels taken off Trubusky is in a prime position to turn the ball over and make mistakes.
Falcons (ESPN ownership 9.3%)
Last season the Falcons defense wasn’t anything special, in fact, it struggled. During last season the Falcons defense battled injuries and getting their young guys adjusted. With a lot of young aggressive defenders look for them to put pressure on Nick Foles and the defending champs. The Superbowl hangover is a real thing, Foles struggled in the preseason, Alshon Jeffrey is out, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement are beat up. This game has all of the makings of a letdown for the Eagles offense.