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Streaming Defenses (2017): Week 6: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 5?  Let’s take a look:

 

Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
ESPN – 5.0%, CBS Sports – 9%

If there’s a “strength” to the San Francisco offense you could argue that it’s the potential of their running game, with Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida forming a “hot hand” committee.  Of course Washington has allowed the tenth fewest points per week to opposing running backs, including the third fewest rushing yards (265) and 1 TD. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2017): Week 5: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 5?  Let’s take a look:

 

 

New York Jets – at Cleveland
CBS Sports – 5%, ESPN – 1.3%

The Jets’ defense has been performing well as of late, and while you may want to point towards the opponents (Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars) things don’t get any tougher this week.  The Browns have scored the fifth fewest points per game this season, at 15.8, and that’s just the start: Read more

Streaming Defenses (2016): Week 4: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 4?  Let’s take a look:

 

Tennessee Titans – at Houston
ESPN – 6.1%, CBS Sports – 22%

The Houston offense, behind a developing rookie quarterback, have allowed a league high 15 sacks while throwing for the third fewest yards (500).  They have a talented backfield, with Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman (as well as Deshaun Watson being capable), but is that enough? Read more

Streaming Defenses (2016): Week 3: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 3?  Let’s take a look:

 

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
As has been the case over the first two weeks, this is mostly about the inept Jets’ offense as opposed to any upside in the defense.  The Jets have been as bad as advertised over the first two weeks, averaging the third fewest yards per game (242.5) and failing to utilize what should be their best weapon (Bilal Powell). Read more

Streaming Defenses (2016): Week 1

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Whatever we think we know heading into the opening week of the season can probably be safely forgotten.  Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 1?  Let’s take a look:

 

Philadelphia Eagles
vs. Cleveland

We never put much stock into preseason numbers, especially in the NFL when you can’t factor in who was on the field or the level of competition they were going up against.  When it comes to Cleveland, however, are we ever really going to have faith in them until we see some type of production on the field?  The fact that they produced the fewest yards per game this preseason (214.0) and will be without Josh Gordon are highly concerning developments. Read more

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