Streaming Quarterback Options for Week 1 Fantasy Football

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 23: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills looks to throw in the first half during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 23, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Given how much quarterback production has improved across the league in recent seasons, it's becoming increasingly common for players to wait until late in a draft to select their QB in fantasy football. If you decided to wait, or if your QB has a tough Week 1 matchup, you might already be looking for a starter on the waiver wire.

With that in mind, here are three QBs (who are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues) to target based on their Week 1 matchups.

3. Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs (18% Owned)

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 22: Nick Foles #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars points to the defense during the first quarter of the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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While starting a quarterback making his first career appearance with a new team may seem like a bit of a gamble, there's reason for optimism with Nick Foles this week. He'll be facing a Kansas City Chiefs' defense that surrendered 272.3 passing yards per game in 2018 (No. 31 in the NFL) and lost key pass-rushers in Dee Ford and Justin Houston. Foles also finished as QB10 across his final three regular season starts (Weeks 15-17), averaging 18.5 fantasy points per game. In a potential shootout against a high-powered KC offense, Foles could start his tenure in Jacksonville on a high note.

2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals (26% Owned)

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 09: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks to throw the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Matthew Stafford's 2018 campaign was not nearly as prolific as some of his earlier seasons. He finished as QB19, throwing for 3,777 yards and 21 TDs. However, his production was likely hampered by a nagging back injury. Now healthy, Stafford draws a great matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. Last season, Arizona surrendered an average of 26.6 points per game (No. 26 in the NFL), and the Cardinals will be forced to play without All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson due to a suspension. Facing a shorthanded Arizona defense, Stafford could put up big numbers in the season opener.

1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets (34% Owned)

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 09:  Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills escapes a tackle by Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets while carrying the ball during the first quarter at New Era Field on December 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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As surprising as it may seem, Josh Allen was actually the No. 1 QB in fantasy football from Week 12-17, averaging 24.2 points per game. While it will obviously be tough for him to sustain that production, he gets what figures to be a good matchup against a New York Jets team he dominated last season. In Week 14, Allen went off to the tune of 101 rushing yards and a TD, adding 206 passing yards as well in his lone career start against the Jets. Based on last season's production, Allen could have a big start to the year.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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