by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It’s Week 1, so anything we think we know probably isn’t accurate. It’s impossible to “know” anything, 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 for Week 1? Let’s take a look:
Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
ESPN – 20.4%, Yahoo! – 14%
The Raiders offense does have some potential this season, with Latavius Murray, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr forming the nucleus. Do we really trust them, though? Given the history of the team we are going to want to see them actually produce before we start avoiding them.
Additionally Cincinnati’s defense did have 20 interceptions last season (tied for third most in the league), while bringing back Michael Johnson and adding A.J. Hawk in the offseason. That should definitely help solidify the front seven, putting them in position to produce.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Tennessee
ESPN – 7.6%, Yahoo! – 5%
The Buccaneers defense isn’t “special”, though the matchup with the Titans is one that fantasy owners can easily look at to exploit. The Titans not only have a rookie quarterback under center (as do the Buccaneers), but they also have a questionable running game (Bishop Sankey, Terrance West and Antonio Andrews) and a receiving corps that isn’t going to scare anyone.
Does that not sound like a good opportunity for any defense?
Others to Consider:
- Tennessee Titans – at Tampa Bay
- Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
- San Francisco 49ers – vs. Minnesota
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Yahoo!
Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:
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