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Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 9

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 8, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming this week?  Let’s take a look:

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
at New York Jets
Yahoo! – 3%, ESPN – 6.2%

The New York Jets saw their top two quarterbacks (Ryan Fitzpatrick & Geno Smith) suffer injuries in Week 8.  At this point all signs point towards Fitzpatrick getting the start, despite ultimately needing surgery in his non-throwing hand, as what is being reported is that it’s more about pain tolerance than anything.  In other words it may not take much for him to be knocked out of the game, leaving fourth round pick Bryce Petty to step in. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 8, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming this week?  Let’s take a look:

 

Minnesota Vikings
at Chicago
ESPN – 58.4%, Yahoo! – 45%

You could argue that Minnesota is becoming more than just a streaming option, with 17 sacks being the true driving force to their numbers.  That said the Bears have been one of the worst offenses in the league this season, averaging just 20.0 points per game. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 7

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 7, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming this week?  Let’s take a look:

 

Pittsburgh Steelers – at Kansas City
ESPN – 24.6%, Yahoo! – 38%

It’s interesting that the ownership is low, considering that the Steelers have actually performed like one of the better defenses in the league this season: Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 6

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 6, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming this week?  Let’s take a look:

 

Best Streaming Options
Minnesota Vikings – vs. Kansas City

Yahoo! – 13%, ESPN – 18.3%

Without Jamaal Charles, this is going to be an obvious matchup to try and exploit.  As it is the Chiefs are just in the middle of the pack offensively (23.4 points per game) and a lot of that came courtesy of the ground game (they are currently throwing for just 233.8 yards per game and have 5 passing TD).  Could the duo of Charcandrick West and Kniles Davis step up and perform?  It’s possible, but it’s also not something that we’d bank on quite yet. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 5

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 5, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming this week?  Let’s take a look:

Best Options
New York Giants – vs. San Francisco

ESPN – 4.7%, Yahoo! – 14%

Is this about the Giants defense or the ineptitude of Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense?  The truth is that it’s a mix of both, as both units are trending in the right direction to create the perfect storm for a streaming defense.  While the Giants’ defense has been susceptible to running backs catching the ball out of the backfield, over the past two weeks they’ve allowed the seventh fewest rushing yards (128) and for the season have allowed the third fewest (266).  Couple that with the struggles of Carlos Hyde since Week 1 (114 total rushing yards) and there’s reason for optimism (though there is the potential of a Reggie Bush sighting). Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 4

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 4, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming this week?  Let’s take a look:

 

Best Option
Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Kansas City

Yahoo! – 24%, ESPN – 26.0%

The Chiefs have allowed 14 sacks, the most in the league, while also tying for the second most fumbles (6, while losing 3 of them).  Those numbers alone would make any defense facing them an intriguing option. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 3

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 3, so we’re slowly starting to get a feel for which defenses are strong and which aren’t…  Aren’t we?  Unfortunately what we think we know may not quite be accurate, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 2?  Let’s take a look:

 

Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
Yahoo! – 26%, ESPN – 20.4%

The Oakland Raiders have actually put up some decent offensive numbers thus far, averaging 25 points per game (while also throwing just 2 INT and allowing 3 sacks).  That said all of their skill position players need to prove that they can actually do it consistently, whether it’s their QB (Derek Carr), WR (Amari Cooper) or RB (Latavius Murray).  Could they be for real?  Absolutely, but they are also hardly a given. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 2

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 2, so we should assume everything we learned in the opening games is 100% accurate, right?  It’s impossible to “know” anything, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 2?  Let’s take a look:

 

Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
ESPN – 10.4%, Yahoo! – 15%

While it’s easy to chalk up the Titans’ Week 1 success to the opponent (notably Jameis Winston making his NFL debut), just how scary is Cleveland’s offense?  They allowed 3 sacks in Week 1, have Johnny Manziel likely starting at quarterback (as well as lacking a true top wide receiver) and a questionable running game (until Duke Johnson emerges).  What exactly is there to be scared of? Read more

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 1

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Week 1, so anything we think we know probably isn’t accurate.  It’s impossible to “know” anything, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week).  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 1?  Let’s take a look:

 

Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
ESPN – 20.4%, Yahoo! – 14%

The Raiders offense does have some potential this season, with Latavius Murray, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr forming the nucleus.  Do we really trust them, though?  Given the history of the team we are going to want to see them actually produce before we start avoiding them. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 16

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 15 weeks of the season so you’d think we’d have some insight as to how teams stack up across the NFL (though do we ever truly “know”.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 16?  Let’s take a look:

 

Tennessee Titans
at Jacksonville
Yahoo! – 23%, ESPN – 4.7%

The Titans showed what they can do against a lackluster offense this past week, holding the Jets to 16 points. The Jaguars, who are the lowest scoring team in the league, offer a similar opportunity.

Jacksonville has, by far, allowed the most sacks in the league with 62. While it’s not Tennessee’s forte, their 34 is a respectable number putting them in the middle of the pack. They also have 12 INT, another area where Jacksonville has struggled (18). Read more