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
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).
While the Raiders haven’t been scoring, they’ve actually allowed just 10 sacks this season (second fewest in the league). Their struggles have been running the football, which has shown little hope for a turn around.
Of course, Oakland has surpassed 14 points twice all season and once came against the Chargers (28 points scored). That speaks volumes about the San Diego defense, which hasn’t generated many sacks (15) or forced interceptions (4). While they should be a worthwhile gamble, they aren’t a must use by any stretch.
at Chicago Bears
Yahoo – 34%, ESPN – 10.5%
The Chicago Bears have been abysmal as of late, and it’s been an all around implosion. Surprisingly struggling to put points on the board, they haven’t scored more than 28 points all season and have been held to 14 in two of their past three outings.
The Vikings have generated significant pressure this season, with 30 sacks, and are coming off their bye week (they had 5 sacks in Week 9 against the Redskins). Chicago’s 10 INT this season is among the ten worst in the league, so you would think that they would focus on Matt Forte and let him carry the load.
That’s going to be the threat in utilizing Minnesota, especially with Forte having torched them for 321 total yards in two matchups a year ago. There’s definitely risk here, but with how badly Chicago has played it’s at least an interesting flier to take.
Yahoo – 31%, ESPN – 29.8%
The Texans are going to be debuting Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback, which adds a new question surrounding their offense. As it is Cleveland’s defense has 12 INT and 22 sacks, something they could improve upon in Mallett’s first start.
The risk is going to be Arian Foster, assuming he’s healthy. If he’s not, this is a no-brainer defense to use. If he is ready to go, there’s always the chance that he dominates the offense. Of course, we’d expect the Browns to sell out trying to slow him down and forcing Mallett to beat them. Can he? It seems like a long-shot.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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