Week #2 Sweet Streams
Welcome back to Sweet Streams! For those of you that didn’t follow this weekly series last season, here are two players from each position that I see as good streaming options for this upcoming week.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals – Coming off a major knee injury in 2020, many were uncertain how Joe Burrow would bounce back in his sophomore year. He started off his second season in a nice way, with 261 yards and 2 touchdowns. Granted the Bengals’ game went deep into overtime on Sunday, but Burrow looked great in his first action back. The Bengals’ offense has playmakers at all levels of the field. Rookie Jamar Chase quickly quieted any pre-season doubt with his nice day, and fellow Wide Receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd didn’t contribute as much but are still viable playmakers. Joe Mixon looked like the workhorse many were expecting him to be this season. The Bengals travel to Chicago to take on the Bears who were just lit up by Matthew Stafford on Sunday night. Chicago gave up over 300 yards passing to Stafford and a league worst QB rating of 156.1. Chicago’s run defense looked pretty good, only allowing 74 yards, so it seems the way to attack this Chicago defense is through the air. The Bengals still need to fix their offensive line issues, since Burrow was sacked 6 times, but a soft Chicago secondary should lead to a big game for Burrow.
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team – Unfortunately Ryan Fitzpatrick left Week 1 with a hip injury and is expected to be out a while. In steps Tyler Heinicke who many remember for his heroic effort in the playoffs last season. I like Heinicke as a streaming option this week against a Giants’ defense that just made Teddy Bridgewater look like a top-tier QB, throwing for 264 yards and 2 TDs. In relief of Fitzpatrick last week, Heinicke put together an efficient 122 yards and 1 TD, completing over 73% of his passes. Probably not lighting the world on fire, I think you can stream Heinicke as a decent streaming option this week.
Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This one might be dangerous after Jones’ Week 1 performance. After a costly fumble, he was promptly benched by Bruce Arians and proceeded to give fantasy owners a negative point total on the week. Yes, you would have been better off starting the inactive Trey Sermon or Zack Moss over Jones. But we saw the same story all last season, where Jones would get benched and cede work to Leonard Fournette, only to come back the next week and put up a monster game. Tampa takes on Atlanta in a game where they are heavy 13-point home favorites and have a monster implied point total of 32 points. Atlanta just gave up 5.2 yards per carry against the Eagles, so I think Jones bounces back in a big way this week.
Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles – Gainwell worked as the clear #2 in Philadelphia last week, with Boston Scott mostly irrelevant. An electric playmaker from Memphis, Gainwell scored in his first NFL game (and had a second TD called back on a penalty) and received 12 opportunities and 40% of the snaps in his first game. If you need a deeper FLEX play this week, I think you can roll Gainwell out. Philly takes on San Fran who was just gashed by both Deandre Swift and Jamaal Williams last week. Both backs finished as Top 5 options in Week 1, and San Fran ceded almost 5 yards per carry. I expect Gainwell to get more work as the season goes on, and this game has a decently high 50-point over under which should create some scoring opportunities for Gainwell.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers – Williams seemed to be a pre-season favorite around the fantasy community as a late-round sleeper option at WR. He delivered on expectations in Week 1 seeing 12 targets, 8 receptions for 82 yards and a TD. Mike Williams has tended to be a bit up and down throughout his career, but he takes on a porous Cowboys’ defense in a game with a 50-point Over/Under. While the Dallas defense is bottom tier, their offense is elite and can put up tons of points, which should force the Chargers into a shoot-out type game. While touchdowns can be hard to predict, I think we see another 8+ targets for Williams in this game which should give him another nice week.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos – An unfortunate ankle injury is going to sideline sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy for several weeks, which should lead to an uptick in opportunity for Patrick. Denver takes on Jacksonville who just made Tyrod Taylor look like a pro-bowler, in a game where the implied point total for Denver is 26 points. The Jags just got decimated by the Houston Texans, and I expect Patrick to get a decent number of targets in this game.
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears – Another popular sleeper target in drafts this season, Kmet proved to be the #1 Tight End option on the roster over Jimmy Graham. Kmet played 70% of the team’s snaps and garnered a respectable 7 targets, 5 receptions for 42 yards. The Bears take on the Bengals this week who just surrendered 336 passing yards and surrendered a touchdown on 100% of their red-zone defensive possessions. Kmet provides a nice floor with his target volume and has a great chance to score a TD this week.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans – Johnson was a benefactor of Winston’s 5 touchdown game, only hauling in 3 catches, but scoring on two of them. The Panthers just allowed rookie Zach Wilson to throw for 258 yards and surrendered touchdowns on 100% of their redzone defensive possessions. Johnson is a risky dice roll this week with a low floor since he only saw 20% of the team’s snaps last week but seems to be a redzone favorite of Winston.
Sweet Streams y’all and as always, stay true.
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