Hunter Skoczylas (@HunterSkoczylas)
Well, Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season was certainly interesting. We saw some players injured and out for the season like running back Marlon Mack with a torn achilles and tight end Blake Jarwin who tore his ACL Sunday night against the Rams. This season is going to be historically different with the amount of injuries due to the fact that the teams didn’t get a full offseason and training camp to work out and prepare for the regular season.
But, if you’re here, it means you need to fill the void of an injured player or you misinterpreted a player’s involvement in their respective offense. Here are some streaming options at both the quarterback and tight end position for Week 2 that could add some flare to your starting lineup.
Goff is currently rostered in only 42.1% of ESPN leagues, but his upside says otherwise. In an offense featuring Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Higbee, Goff’s opportunities to succeed are endless. His upside for his Week 2 matchup enhances quite a bit considering the Eagles defense allowed about 246 passing yards a game in 2019. Not to mention, the same Eagles team that just lost to the Washington Football Team on Sunday. Goff failed to throw a touchdown Sunday night against Dallas, but their pass defense is much better than Philadelphia. I’d take the chance on Goff here against a poor secondary and receivers like Kupp and Woods to make the catches.
For all those anti-Jimmy G guys that said the Niners offense is only good in the run game, Garoppolo had a nice game against a good secondary in Arizona. He threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. He’s less than 40% rostered in ESPN leagues as of right now, and in Week 2, he plays against a poor Jets team. The Jets struggled Week 1 stopping Josh Allen and the Bills offense, but it’s a given that the Niners offense gets the job done more often than Buffalo when it comes to scoring. The Jets run defense is better than their pass defense, so Jimmy G will likely have to throw a bit more than expected and he could do some damage in Week 2.
The ownership for Cousins is much lower than I expected hovering just over 21% in all ESPN leagues. Despite the Vikings being blown out by the Packers at first, they came back a bit and put up some garbage time points. Cousins threw for over 250 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against Green Bay, and he’s got a better matchup this week against the Colts. Don’t forget, the Colts just lost to the Jaguars and Minshew Mania, who were believed to be tanking this season. Cousins is certainly a more established quarterback than Gardner Minshew and has more weapons at his disposal, and should have a great day against the Colts in Week 2.
It’s safe to say that the Philadelphia offense will revolve around both tight ends, Ertz and Goedert simply because they don’t have enough healthy and available weapons for Wentz to throw to. Goedert had a great Week 1 pulling in eight catches on nine targets for 101 yards and a touchdown against Washington, who struggled against the tight end position in 2019. Once the team is healthier, his value will take a slight hit, but he’ll still look to build off his strong 2020 debut against the Rams defense who ranked 12th worst against tight ends last season.
Now, it’s definitely risky to be streaming a tight end on an offense with so many other weapons around him led by a star quarterback in Russell Wilson, but I like Olsen’s value here against a New England defense who are missing key players, specifically linebackers. Olsen is rostered in only 8.9% of ESPN leagues, so clearly fantasy managers realize the risk of starting him. He caught all of his targets in Week 1 reeling in 4 catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. He’s going to be one of the go-to guys for the red-zone possessions, and against the Patriots, could be a sneaky Week 2 play.
The Bucs offense looks quite different this season with Tom Brady behind center instead of Jameis Winston in Week 1. The hype surrounded Rob Gronkowski getting so many targets and being his old self back with the Patriots. But, it seemed like Brady liked his new target in O.J Howard on the field as he was targeted six times, reeling in four of them for 36 yards and a touchdown. His upside for the season is certainly diminished with Gronk there, but we’ve all seen Brady use multiple tight ends in his offenses. He plays Carolina, a defense that doesn’t have much to cover the middle of the field with Luke Kuechly retired, so he should be in line for a solid stat line in Week 2 on the high-powered Tampa Bay offense.
Be sure to check out the Week 1 Waiver Wire article!