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Week 2 Fantasy Football Quarterback Streaming: Sticking With Alex Smith

The ever present question in fantasy football is whether to stick with your guns or to take a chance on roster turnover. Some fantasy experts swear by streaming most positions on your fantasy roster to maximize matchups and point potential. When you get it right you look like a genius, but when you get it wrong you’re a goat.

Our friends at numberFire.com are looking at Week 2 and prospects for streaming at the quarterback position.

Quarterback streaming in fantasy football never sleeps. You may still be cursing the name of Alex Smith or slamming your head against a desk with the Rams’ box score open muttering “Stupid Shaun Hill,” over and over, but you have no more time for this nonsense.

The first days of the week are scouting time for quarterback streamers. That means heading to the waiver wire and making sure you have the best signal-caller you can get for Week 2. Here are some suggestions, starting with one that might be tough to stomach.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

I’ve already written an article damning the Kansas City offense and declaring nothing short of a state of emergency for last year’s Cinderella team. I’ve watched as my teams lost this week thanks to Smith’s poor play in Week 1.

And yet I’ve come back to the same well, hoping for some water to put out the dumpster fire of a Week 1 Smith created.

Vegas believes that Smith and the Chiefs’ date with the Broncos this weekend will be the highest scoring game of them all, and even if that means a healthy Denver win, there is still room for points for Kansas City.

Smith did turn the ball over far too often on Sunday against Tennessee, but he otherwise finished with 200 passing yards, a touchdown, and a solid 36 rushing yards (which almost equal a passing touchdown worth of value). He gets the Denver defense this week, which pestered Andrew Luck early, but allowed him to settle into the game late and finish with a strong stat line.

The Chiefs are committed to Smith, and he gets Dwayne Bowe back this week. Don’t let last week beat you again. One week is not a sufficient sample size to totally bury Smith with Chad Henne and whoever starts for St. Louis in the “unusable” stash of quarterbacks. Put on your big boy or big girl pants, and stick with Alex Smith this week.

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

But if you have the chance to drop Smith for Jake Locker, do it in a heartbeat. Locker gets a very attractive matchup this weekend with the Dallas Cowboys, who allowed Colin Kaepernick to post the fifth-best Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) total of Week 1.

Locker himself finished with the sixth-best Passing NEP total against a defense more talented than Dallas (the Chiefs). He was playing well last season before going down with an injury, and is a talented player who has run into terrible luck so far in his career.

This one is a no-brainer. Locker is (knock on wood) healthy, and has already proven that he’s capable. He’s your number one streaming option this weekend.

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K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...