Fantasy football drafts are now all but complete, and Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is upon us. So while the waiver wire may not be as important as it will be a week from now, drafters who utilize a streamer strategy will need to hit the free-agent list to target the best combination of strength of opponent, opportunity and potential production.
Listed below are the best quarterback, tight end and defense/special teams streaming options for Week 1.
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Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins: 32% rostered
While the matchup against New England isn’t worth salivating over, the 2020 Patriots allowed the seventh-highest explosive pass percentage (16.0%) in the NFL.
Tua looked very sharp throughout the preseason and has evidently built a connection with tight end Mike Gesicki. The second-year quarterback also has the mobility necessary to accumulate fantasy points on the ground.
This play may not net a dominant outcome, but Tua is a safe option with a relatively decent floor because of the offense that surrounds him. The Dolphins are heavily skewed toward the receiving department in terms of their talent distribution. Expect the Dolphins quarterback to throw plenty of passes in this contest.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants: 23% rostered
There is a lot of potential risk and disappointment in starting Jones this week, particularly because the Giants will be facing off against a Denver Broncos defense loaded at both edge and cornerback. But, looking back to last year, the Broncos allowed 20.37 points per game to opposing quarterbacks, the 10th-most league-wide.
The state of the quarterback position is not great in Week 1, as many of the options are rookies who aren’t slated to play or veterans getting ready to take on tough defenses. Jones falls into the latter category.
The Giants should be a significantly improved unit on offense and could very well be much more explosive with the additions of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and the potential return of Saquon Barkley. Jones also maintains the ability to run, as he rushed for the sixth-most yards among quarterbacks (423) in 2020.