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:
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.
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, NFL.com, Yahoo!
Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings: