Hunter Skoczylas (@HunterSkoczylas)
With Week 1 of the 2020 season approaching in just a few days with the Thursday night game between Kansas City and Houston, there’s going to be some value out there on the waivers. Maybe you waited too long to take a quarterback, and now you need a guy that has a good matchup to put up some solid points to start your fantasy football season off right. Maybe you’re worried about an injury at tight end and need a backup plan just in case.
Here are the top quarterback and tight end streamers for Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season that will help you add some extra points to your lineups for the sake of good matchups and best projected points.
Now Tyrod Taylor’s overall value for the season is questionable to say the least, but he comes out with a great matchup in Week 1 against a poor Bengals defense. Now Cincinnati’s run defense is much worse than their pass defense, but they were still ranked 21st in passing yards allowed and 17th in passing touchdowns allowed in 2019. With weapons all over the field in Austin Ekeler, Hunter Henry, Keenan Allen, and Mike Williams, Taylor could put up big numbers in Week 1. The matchup and weapons are there, so it isn’t the craziest thing in the world to start Tyrod in the first week of your fantasy season.
Carr had quite an average season in 2019, but that was before he had weapons like Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III to throw to. The Raiders will likely still rely heavily on Josh Jacobs to carry the ball 25+ times a game, but Carr’s upside might be the highest it’s ever been in his career for 2020. Carolina’s defense ranked second last at 31st in 2019 in total points allowed, so if Carr can get it going early, he’ll be in line for a great game with his new weapons in Ruggs and (hopefully) Hunter Renfrow.
This year will be the telling of what type of quarterback Drew Lock is going to be because the front offices in Denver did the most to maximize the talent around him through the draft. New weapons like Jerry Jeudy, K.J Hamler, Noah Fant, and Melvin Gordon will certainly excel his game. He has a good matchup off the bat against a Titans defense who ranked 24th in pass defense last season and of course, his stud wide receiver Courtland Sutton will be his main target. If Denver figures it out offensively this season, they could be a deadly team and it isn’t crazy to start Lock in a solid Week 1 matchup with the weapons he has at his disposal.
Tennessee ranked 5th for most allowed fantasy points to tight ends in 2019, and his sophomore and potentially a breakout season could bode well for the fantasy impact. Fant had a solid rookie year last season, but the offense was still missing the flair to get the ball moving consistently. If Drew Lock has the season many are predicting to be a good one, Fant could be a vital role to that breakout. His matchup is great and he’s got everything to prove still. I love Fant here and I think he could do some serious damage if he’s targeted regularly.
It’s crazy that Philadeplhia has such solid tight ends in Ertz and Goedert and playing the backup tight end doesn’t always sound like a good idea… unless it’s Dallas Goedert. We’ve all seen how much Wentz likes to target his tight ends, and coming off an average season, I think Wentz needs to prove something to the league. Washington was ranked fourth worst against tight ends in 2019, and they didn’t add much to their defense other than the pass rush, so it should be similar in 2020. Goedert saw over 85 targets last season, and with the Eagles still lacking talent on the receiving end, Ertz and Goedert will be the go-to’s for Wentz.
Eric Ebron went to a high-powered offense that historically loves the tight end position especially with Big Ben under center. He’s playing the Giants here who have one of the worst defenses in the league, and sure he’s going to be a shadow in the pass game behind talents like Juju Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, but when it comes down to getting first downs and easy redzone receptions, Ebron’s your guy. The Giants allowed eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends last season, and it likely won’t change much here in 2020. If Big Ben is back to his true form and the Steelers offense moves the ball better, Ebron will be a key part of that.