Islands in the Stream: Week 1 QB, D/ST and Kicker streams

September 10, 2020

Welcome to your weekly dose of my writing – I know you’re all thrilled to be here. This is going to be a week to week article highlighting who I think are good streaming options each week. The following players and teams are rostered in under 40 percent of leagues according to Yahoo. I can’t believe Week 1 is finally here, let’s get into it.

QB: Tyrod Taylor @ Cincinnati Bengals. TyGod is rostered in only 8 percent of leagues. Even though it’s his first season with the Chargers, it is not his first season with Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. Taylor played for Lynn when he was the offensive coordinator at the Bills in 2016. That year Taylor finished the season as QB7. Additionally, the Chargers are playing the Bengals week one who gave up the most rushing yards to quarterbacks last year. While we aren’t sure of the status of Mike Williams for this week, Tyrod still has the feet underneath him, as well as Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler to get the ball to through the air.

D/ST: Lions @ Chicago Bears. Admittedly, defenses worth streaming that are under that 40 percent roster rate are hard to find. Detroit Lions D/ST is rostered in just 7percent of leagues according to Yahoo. The Lions defense was nothing to write home about last year, they gave up the most passing yards and were tied for second least amount of sacks, but they’ve beefed up that defense with the additions of rookie Jeff Okudah and former Falcon Desmund Trufant. Any team facing the Bears this season, so long as Mitch Trubisky is under center, should be a viable streaming option. With a new secondary this year, look for the Lions to swoop in on Mitch’s passes and hopefully secure some of them for interceptions. Romeo Okwara and Trey Flowers, who combined for only 8.5 sacks last season, are looking to have a better year in 2020, and what better QB to face off against in Week 1 than The Mitch Trubisky.

Sam Sloman (Getty Images)

K: Sam Sloman @ Dallas Cowboys. The rookie kicker no one is talking about. Sure he doesn’t have the glasses and mustache that fan-favorite Rodrigo Blankenship has, but he’s got the leg. Sloman, the newly named rookie kicker for the Los Angeles Rams, is rostered in 1 percent of leagues. One percent. Sloman’s most impressive quality, in my opinion, is his clutch factor. In the second half or overtime of games the last two years of his college career, Sloman hit 27 of 29 field goals. This week he’s playing at home in So-Fi Stadium which is technically a dome, so you won’t have to worry about rain or cold. Cowboys at Rams looks to be a high scoring game, be it touchdowns or field goals. Bonus nugget, the Cowboys signed Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein, the Rams previous kicker since they drafted him in 2012 in the 6th round. Sloman will want to show Zuerlein that he’s the new big leg in Los Angeles and Zuerlein is going to want to show the Cowboys that he was worth the signing, and the Rams that he’s still got some left in the tank. If you ever wanted a revenge kicker game, this would be the one.

Good luck in Week 1, and may the waivers fall in your favor.