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.

Things did improve in Week 6 (34 points scored), which coincided with the return of Alshon Jeffrey.  It’s something to keep in mind before simply assuming that the Vikings will be able to dominate this matchup.  However, given the alternatives they may be the “best” streaming option available to you on the wire.


Dallas Cowboys
vs. Seattle
ESPN – 8.9%, Yahoo! – 9%

The Cowboys’ defense hasn’t been extremely impressive this season:

  • 13 sacks
  • 2 interceptions
  • 1 fumble recovery

So why would we be looking at them as a streaming option?  The Seahawks have allowed a league worst 31 sacks, so there’s a good chance that Dallas is able to pad their numbers there.  All five of Russell Wilson’s interceptions have come on the road, so maybe the team is able to make a mark in that regard?

Is Dallas a high level option?  No, but there’s enough potential that they are worth the gamble.


Sources – ESPN,, Yahoo!

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 9
Streaming Defenses (2015): Week 7


  1. janali says:

    Aloha Professor. Sorry this is a little off topic here. But I’m in a toss up of who I should play at my flex position this week between Emanuel Sanders and Ronnie Hillman. Sanders is an awesome receiver but I don’t trust that Manning can get him the ball. So I was leaning towards Hillman on the thought that they might run the ball more because of the Green Bays rush attack. But Sanders has been more consistent as a scorer for me. Just worried about his limitations because of Manning. Thanks for any input you may have! =)

    • I’d lean Sanders, because he is “safer” (can’t say that C.J. Anderson won’t have a role). That said, as you mentioned there are QB concerns and Hillman has higher upside.

      I’d go Sanders, but it’s close

  2. Mikemike says:

    Who would u start mr. Professor with hyde out r.bush or L. Murray against the jets D ?

  3. WDYT says:

    DAL or TEN DST

  4. Mikemike – It’s not like Bush has a good matchup, so I’d go Murray

    WDYT – I’d go Dallas, but both are a tossup

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