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:
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.
Their weakness is against the running game, allowing 134.9 rushing yards per game. In theory this is the strength of the Bills, though the entered Monday night averaging a meager 3.9 yards per carry. In other words, the matchup doesn’t appear to be one that is going to scare you in any way.
The loss of safety Tashaun Gipson is not a blow to overlook, but it’s not enough to remove them from this list.
New York Giants
ESPN – 4.4%, Yahoo! – 10%
As is always the case, it’s our weekly segment of “pick on Jacksonville”. While the emergence of Denard Robinson does add a little bit of a twist, especially with the Giants being susceptible to opposing running backs (363 rushing yards and 4 TD over the past two weeks), it’s not enough.
The Jaguars are tied for the most interceptions in the league (16) and have by far allowed the most sacks (43). The Giants have generated only 19 sacks this season, but they do have the potential to get a pass rush (thanks to the presence of Jason Pierre-Paul, for instance). They also have 13 interceptions, despite all of the injuries they’ve suffered in the secondary.
ESPN – 3.3%, Yahoo! – 6%
Tennessee is tied for fourth in the league in sacks with 31, and Houston is going to have to either go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick or give Tom Savage an opportunity after Ryan Mallett was lost for the season. Does either one of those scenarios seem like a good one?
Throw in the uncertainty regarding the status of Arian Foster and things appear to be in Tennessee’s favor. That’s not to say that they are a great play, but are definitely one to consider streaming depending on your alternatives.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Yahoo!
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