by Ray Kuhn
Last week was ugly from a weather perspective, but it appears things will be better for Week 9. Thanks to the state of some of the offenses around the league there are plenty of opportunities to pick from, though the bye weeks do help to limit the streaming pool. Let’s take a look at how our options rank and the best situations to capitalize on:
- Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Denver
- Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Cincinnati
- Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
- Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
- Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
- Seattle Seahawks – vs. Washington
- Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Los Angeles Rams – at New York Giants
- Oakland Raiders – at Miami
- New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
- Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Tennessee Titans – vs. Baltimore
- San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- The Denver Broncos are not in a good situation. Their offense has left a lot to be desired, and now with Brock Osweiler under center I’m not sure things will get much better. That means there are plenty of opportunities for the Eagles to have success this week. As it stands the Broncos are allowing the second most points to opposing defenses, and the Eagles have been a Top 10 option. Look for Philadelphia to build on their nine interceptions, and getting Ronald Darby back helps, and they should have no issues taking advantage of Denver’s less than stellar offensive line and add to their 22 sacks.
- All around the Cardinals have been a disappointment on both sides of the ball. However we shouldn’t overlook them as an option against the 49ers. San Francisco did just acquire Jimmy Garoppolo, but it is unlikely that he plays. Carlos Hyde hasn’t been especially scary and San Francisco’s receiving options aren’t explosive, so the Cardinals shouldn’t have too much to worry about. They do like to give up points, only two weeks with less than 27, but one of those games did come against the 49ers. Earlier in the season Arizona held San Francisco to five field goals, and I would expect more of the same this week. While they only have seven interceptions, the Cardinals have at least been consistent with at least one in six of their seven games. This is another area where they should be able to take advantage of the 49ers.
- Despite what happened last week in Seattle we shouldn’t count the Texans out despite all of their defensive injuries. It also doesn’t hurt that this week they have the Colts, who happen to have allowed the most points to opposing defenses all season. So far Indianapolis has scored a touchdown on just 13.1% of their drives, so they don’t represent all that much of a threat. Even though the Texans are down a few pass rushers, they still should be able to get to the quarterback, and they have 17 sacks in seven games even though they failed to get to Blake Bortles in Week 1. Even without JJ Watt and company, Houston has been a borderline Top 12 defense most weeks, but this week their ceiling is a little higher thanks to their opponent.