With the NFL returning this week, thousands of fantasy football drafts have been completed. Fantasy managers are now beginning to scout out waiver wire gems that could turn into potential fantasy football streamers in the future. The running backs on the waiver wire will likely be scarce in deep formats, but injuries happen and those potential streaming options will surface.
If streaming your RB2 or flex spot is your plan this season, read on for three Week 1 fantasy football streamers at RB that are worth the look.
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Week 1 Fantasy Football RB Streamers
Kenneth Gainwell, PHI at DET (28.9%)
The Philadelphia Eagles backfield is crowded, and it’s very likely Kenneth Gainwell doesn’t see many carries, but his upside in the passing game is intriguing. The Eagles improved in all areas and their offense will be strong. If the passing game looks better, Gainwell will be a big part of that, and he has a prime matchup against Detroit. The Lions allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs last season and didn’t add much to drastically improve their defense.
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Tyler Allgeier, ATL vs NO (24.5%)
It’s a huge unknown for rookie Tyler Allgeier and the Falcons offense as a whole, but his upside as the youngest back is appealing. An increased role will likely take a few weeks, but it’s very possible he leads Atlanta in carries due to using Cordarelle Patterson in the passing game and on returns. New Orleans was a stout defense against the run last season and likely will be again, but if the Falcons end up playing from behind, Allgeier could steal some easy fantasy points.
Rex Burkhead, HOU vs IND (15.8%)
Who would’ve thought Rex Burkhead would be a fantasy football streamers option in 2022, but he has some serious upside to dominate the red zone carries for Houston, especially here against the Colts. The Colts have a solid defense and it would not be surprising for the Texans to be playing from behind for all of the game. If Davis Mills and company can move the ball down the field, Burkhead will see those red zone carries and possibly third-down plays.