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Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 13

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 12 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 13?  Let’s take a look:

 

Cleveland Browns
at Buffalo
ESPN – 24.3%, Yahoo! – 35%

Cleveland’s defense has actually been among the best in the league in recent weeks.  They have 11 sacks over their past five games, as well as 8 interceptions.  Overall they have 15 interceptions, behind just San Francisco for the league lead. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 11

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first ten 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 11?  Let’s take a look:

 

San Diego Chargers
vs. Oakland
Yahoo – 13%, ESPN – 23.6%

The Chargers’ defense hasn’t done particularly much this season, but the Oakland offense has been dismal.  They are averaging 16.2 points per game this season, third worst in the league (and just barely ahead of Tennessee and Jacksonville). Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 10

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first nine 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 10?  Let’s take a look:

 

Dallas Cowboys
vs. Jacksonville
Yahoo – 22%, ESPN – 21.0%

Denard Robinson has suddenly given life to the Jaguars’ running game, but that’s hardly enough to deter utilizing Dallas’ defense for the coming week. Jacksonville has allowed a league high 35 sacks, while also throwing a league high 14 interceptions.

Dallas’ defense hasn’t been tremendous by any stretch, with 12 sacks and 9 INT, but anyone taking on Jacksonville is going to have an opportunity to make some plays. Dallas’ biggest weakness has been being beat by opposing tight ends, though Clay Harbor is hardly an intimidating force. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 9

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first six weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 9?  Let’s take a look:

 

Washington Redskins
at Minnesota
Yahoo – 3%, ESPN – 10.4%

It’s hard to trust Washington’s defense, which hasn’t been very good this season. Entering Monday night they had forced just 6 turnovers (3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries), however that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t hope. They had actually been strong against the running game (542 rushing yards to opposing RB and 1 TD entering last night, and what Demarco Murray did doesn’t hurt them) and you could argue that that has been the strength for the Vikings. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first six weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 8?  Let’s take a look:

 

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville
Ownership: Yahoo – 19%, ESPN – 12.6%

The Dolphins are coming off an impressive performance against the Bears, holding their high-powered offense to just 14 points.  Jay Cutler threw for 190 yards while he was sacked 3 times, intercepted once and lost a fumble.  With the Jaguars having allowed a league high 29 sacks, as well as having thrown 11 INT, there’s a good chance Miami continues its strong defense against opposing QB. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 7

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first six weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 7?  Let’s take a look:

 

Cleveland Browns – at Jacksonville
ESPN – 4.8%, Yahoo – 17%

As we’ve said before, always pick on Jacksonville. They are scoring the fewest points in the league (13.5 per game) and have allowed the most sacks (27) in the league. Throw in the worst rushing attack in the league (69.5 yards per game) and this is an easy matchup to try and exploit. Read more

Moving Targets Week 6: Fred Jackson Targeted Often, Rookies Getting Chances & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Just as we did last week, we let’s look at who is being targeted on the football field through the first five weeks of the season. This week’s chart we will go 53 players deep, just because I like to get as many tight ends into the discussion as possible. Whoa, that sounded slightly off-putting, but I think you get my drift: Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 6

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first four weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 6?  Let’s take a look:

 

Baltimore Ravens
at Tampa Bay

It’s always tougher to bet on a team when they are on the road, but the Buccaneers offense simply has had issues getting going this season. Sure they scored 31 points last week and put a scare into New Orleans, but part of that came courtesy of a pick six. They struggled on the ground (66 yards on 21 carries) and Mike Glennon completed just 19 of 32 attempts. Read more

Weekly Strategy: To Stream Or Not To Stream, That Is The Question…

by Rich Justmann

One of the questions I often receive in fantasy football has to do with matchups. That is, how important are matchups when you are determining who to start? Should you be concerned if Aaron Rodgers is playing a tough team on the road? Should you sit him and start your QB2 who is playing a weak team at home?

While there is no surefire answer to the issue, I follow the following guidelines. Tier 1 players start every game. Tier 1 players in shallow leagues would be those listed in the Top 40 or 50 of the Rotoprofessor list. Tier 1 players in deeper leagues would be Top 60 to Top 80. At a minimum half of your players should be worth starting every game. More is better (obviously!).

Simply determine a core group of players who will start every week. Don’t over think it. Just start them. The core players would be QB1, RB1, WR1 and if you have Orange Julius or Jimmy Graham, then also TE1.  Add in RB2, WR2 and TE1 in deep leagues. Read more

Moving Targets Week 5: Emmanuel Sanders, Kelvin Benamin & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Now that we have four full weeks of football in the books, it is a good time to start analyzing which players are getting the looks from their quarterbacks this season, or to use the parlance, which are being targeted in the offense.

Following the break is a chart that contains the top 51 players in terms of total targets early this season. I went with 51 because the bottom seven players are tied at 25 targets each. Of course, just being targeted does not equate to success in the NFL, there is the little matter of actually catching the football and then doing something with it. Read more