FOOTBALL. IS. BACK. And with it so is fantasy football. Each week this column will analyze a player at each position owned in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. This group of players is basically a dream stream team. For reference, the threshold used for Wins and Losses in this article will be if the quarterbacks can score 15 plus points, such as Tyrod Taylor taking on a troubled Cincinnati Bengals team, and if the rest can score 10 plus PPR points. Here is the stream team for week one.
Week 1 Stream Team: Tyrod Taylor, James Robinson, and More!
Quarterback – Tyrod Taylor (LAC – 8%) @ CIN
Tyrod Taylor may be just a bridge quarterback but that does not matter this week. All that matters is that he has been named the starter for the Los Angeles Chargers and gets to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in week one. While looking at defensive numbers from last year can be tricky, the Bengals allowed the most yards per play last year. They also allowed the most rushing yards to quarterbacks. Tyrod Taylor may not be quite as mobile as he used to be, but he should still be able to chip in 30 to 50 yards with his legs to complement what should be a good passing day. Tyrod Taylor is the most confident call of all the week one stream team members.
Nobody allowed more rushing yards to opposing QBs than the Bengals last season pic.twitter.com/bwVdAIfzWs
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 7, 2020
Honorable Mentions – Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina Panthers – 22%) v Las Vegas Raiders, Gardner Minshew II (Jacksonville Jaguars – 26%) v Indianapolis Colts
Running Back – James Robinson (JAX – 10%) v IND
Rookie James Robinson has had a meteoric rise over the past couple of weeks. Less than two weeks ago, the undrafted free agent out of Illinois State looked like he was buried down at fourth on the depth chart. First Leonard Fournette gets cut. After that, Ryquell Armstead gets placed on the COVID list. Finally, Devine Ozigbo gets placed on the injured reserved with a hamstring issue. Now it looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to see if he can be their lead guy. Despite a tough matchup, he could prove useful if he is able to see 15 plus touches.
Honorable Mentions – Chris Thompson (Jacksonville Jaguars – 42%) v Indianapolis Colts, Boston Scott (Philadelphia Eagles – 39%) @ Washington Football Team
Wide Receiver – Parris Campbell (IND – 22%) @ JAX
After an injury-plagued rookie season, Parris Campbell looks healthy and ready to go in 2020. People soon forget that he was a second-round pick with 4.3 burners out of Ohio State just last year. Slated to be the main slot receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, Campbell is in a premier role for fantasy production. New quarterback Philip Rivers is notably fond of slot receivers. A date with arguably the worst defense in the NFL is a nice way to open the season as well.
Very much here for Parris Campbell getting fed all the screens and designed touches he can handlepic.twitter.com/oFDecsDeli
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 30, 2020
Honorable Mentions – Allen Lazard (Green Bay Packers – 44%) @ Minnesota Vikings, Steven Sims (Washington Football Team – 6%) v Philadelphia Eagles
Tight End – Eric Ebron (PIT – 36%) @ NYG
Eric Ebron has been mostly a disappointment outside of 2018. (As a side note, I have spent most of the off-season fading Ebron so it is only fitting he is my first tight end highlighted here.) Ebron is an athletic tight end, almost in the vein of a big wide receiver. Reports out of the Pittsburgh Steelers are that they plan on using him all over the formation to take advantage of mismatches. The matchup against the New York Giants should be one that Ben Roethlisberger and the entire passing attack, including Ebron, should be able to take advantage of.
Honorable Mentions – Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts – 27%) @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Ian Thomas (Carolina Panthers – 15%) v Las Vegas Raiders