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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

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 15

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 14 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 14?  Let’s take a look:

 

Carolina Panthers
vs. Tampa Bay
Yahoo! – 34%, ESPN – 13.7%

Would anyone have guessed prior to the season that we’d be considering the Panthers a potential streaming option? They’ve been bad enough to play themselves into that role, but coming off an impressive performance against the Saints they have to be on our radars. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 14

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 13 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 14?  Let’s take a look:

 

Minnesota Vikings
vs. New York Jets
Yahoo! – 25%, ESPN – 23.1%

Obviously you are going to garner some attention when you block two punts and return both for TD in the same game. However Minnesota’s defense hasn’t been bad at all this season, including 35 sacks and 11 interceptions. With Geno Smith back under center for the Jets, those are numbers that certainly should play up a bit. Read more

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