Fantasy Football: Week 1 QB Streamers

Vikings Sam Bradford

Trying to find Week 1 QB Streamers is not something anyone wants to do. Maybe you drafted in early August and assumed you would have Andrew Luck ready for Week 1. Maybe you took Philip Rivers, who has tremendous upside but realized a road start against the Denver Broncos is not an ideal way to start the season. Or maybe, you took Tyrod Taylor who faces the lowly Jets before they traded away all of their pass catchers. Either way, you’re in a rough spot but i’m here to help! I will be here each and every week to help those affected by injuries, bye weeks, poor match ups and more.


Sam Bradford | Minnesota Vikings
(18% owned on Yahoo!)

Here we are and Week 1 is finally upon us. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if we would actually get here. The fact that we did and Sam effing Bradford is one of the best options is mind boggling. Maybe i was on a week long bender at Burning Man and didn’t realize it.

Any way, the Sam Bradford hype train needs to roll down the tracks. We spent much of the offseason hyping up Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. The person who will make that all go is Bradford.

In Week 1, he gets to face an atrocious Saints defense that allowed the most passing yards a season ago at 274 per game. This is a defense that has struggled getting to the passer and defending the pass for multiple seasons. Something that will be good for a Vikings offensive line that has question marks coming into the season.

The one thing we know is Drew Brees and company will be ready to put up points. They led the league a season ago with the most yards per game. While the Vikings do have a stout defense, they should be able to do their thing even on the road. Expect Bradford to have to pass to keep up and be a top 10/12 QB in Week 1.

Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals
(62% owned on Yahoo!)

Carson Palmer is guy that I expect to start the season strong. Not only does he have a tasty week 1 matchup with the Detroit Lions, but the potential for him to remain fantasy relevant beyond that. Psst…, Philip Rivers owners, this is your guy. Palmer faces the Colts, Cowboys, 49ers and Eagles after Week 1. While Rivers struggles with Denver twice, the Giants and Chiefs in his first 7 games you can start Palmer. The back half of the schedule for Rivers sets him up to be a terrific fantasy option down the stretch.

Back to Palmer, he faces a Lions defense that allowed the 14th most passing yards and 2nd most touchdowns (fantasy points!) a season ago. The Lions are a defense that has issues getting to the QB including being 30th in sacks a season ago. A welcomed site for a player that is a statue in the pocket.

John Brown was finally able to get back on the field and look healthy this preseason. Brown is important for the passing attack, providing a legitimate deep threat. He should be fine for Week 1 and Palmer should take advantage. It also doesn’t hurt when David Johnson is behind Palmer garnering much of the defense’s’ attention.

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Fire up Palmer!

Brian Hoyer | San Francisco 49ers
(12% owned on Yahoo!)

This play is more for those in deeper leagues or 2QB formats, assuming you can get your hands on him but Brian Hoyer is very tempting in Week 1. He gets a home start against a Panthers defense that allowed the 4th most passing yards a season ago. The additions of Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin seemed to pay dividends in Week 3 of the pre-season (i know, it’s just the pre-season). I expect there to be a few bumps along the way but a games at home against a weak Panther secondary to provide a good opportunity for Hoyer to be fantasy relevant. The Panther offense should do their thing and force the 49ers to throw in order to keep up.

Now, don’t go over thinking things heading into Week 1. You should not be sitting Aaron Rodgers for any of these guys, I know he is facing Seattle. I’m not sitting Ben Roethlisberger for these options even with his struggle on the road. I would sit Philip Rivers for Bradford and Palmer. I would also play these QBs over Tyrod, Bortles, and other lower tier QBs in Week 1.

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