Streaming Defenses (2017): Week 10: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 8?  Let’s take a look:


New England Patriots
at Denver
CBS Sports – 36%, ESPN – 29.2%

The New England defense hasn’t been very good this season, but they draw a Broncos offense that is falling apart at the seams.  Brock Osweiler is currently the starting quarterback, and even if they went back to Trevor Siemian or gave Paxton Lynch an opportunity would they scare you?  Their running game has also dissolved into a lifeless three-man committee and there’s no guarantee that any of them produce big numbers.

The Patriots have allowed a lot of yardage against opposing running backs, but only 4 rushing TD.  They’ve also been destroyed by opposing quarterbacks overall, but they’ve done better of late:

  • Week 7 – Matt Ryan – 233 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
  • Week 8 – Philip Rivers – 212 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Throw in the Broncos allowing the third most sacks in the league (28) and what’s not to like?  The Patriots are a defense on the rise, coming off their bye week, while the Broncos offense is in shambles.  As far as streaming options go, this is a good bet to exploit.


Tennessee Titans
vs. Cincinnati
CBS Sports – 45%, ESPN – 24.2%

The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense has struggled, and a lot of it has been due to a poor running game.  Everyone expected Joe Mixon to emerge, but it’s been a grind since Week 1 and it’s hard to imagine things suddenly changing now.  Without having to focus there, will the Titans be able to silence Andy Dalton and company through the air?

Cincinnati has allowed 24 sacks (tied for 8th most in the league), so the hope would be that Tennessee could build on their meager 13 thus far in ’17.  What they have done is generate turnovers, with 9 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles (though they’ve recovered just 3).  The Bengals have thrown 8 interceptions and have fumbled the ball 13 times (9th most in the league), so this certainly plays into Tennessee’s hands.  Throw in Cincinnati’s struggles to score points and it makes sense.

We wouldn’t call Tennessee an ideal plug and play, but if you need a streamer there are worse gambles to take.


Also consider:
New York Giants – at San Francisco
San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants

We’re going to lump these two together, because on paper both should have a favorable matchup.  However, given the performances of late do you really want to trust either one?

Sources –, ESPN, CBS Sports

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Streaming Defenses (2017): Week 9: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?


  1. Joel Macke says:

    Would you keep the saints or go after any of these or even Chicago against Green Bay?

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      Personally, I’d either stick with the Saints for this week or go with the Patriots. New Orleans has been doing really well as of late, and you don’t want to get too fine.


    • Jason says:

      I have Jacksonville but I was going to pick up Chicago for this week. Should i? Or just start Jacksonville?

  2. Andy says:

    Hi Eric,
    QB: Drew Brees
    WR: Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate
    RB: Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara
    TE: Tyler Kroft
    Flex: Adam Thielen
    BK: Doug Martin, Zach Ertz, DeMarco Murray, Keenan Allen

    DEF: Pittsburg or Viking ?
    1. What will you line up to beat team #1 in 8 teams PPR
    2. If i have to drop one for my CB who should I drop ?
    Doug Martin or DeMarco Murray ?

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      If Ertz is healthy, I’m starting him over Kroft. Allen over Thielen is the other change I would make.

      I would drop Kroft since Ertz appears to be healthy.


  3. Eric B says:

    Hey Prof. I need ur opinion on which 2 WRs I should start besides AB? DeSean JAckson S.Diggs P.Richardson or T.Lockett?Thanks

  4. haggy says:

    Looking at scedule for rest of season. Would you use buffalo or chicago defense.

  5. Haggy says:

    Robert Woods or Ginn Jr Rest of the season.

  6. House of Pain says:

    Full point PPR

    Have a wide receivers Corp which include: Mike Evans, Thielen, Emmanuel Sanders, and Davante Adams. Need to make some changes since Evans hasn’t produced to his expected level. Sanders has been hurt and Adams crop has dropped significantly since Aaron Rodgers went down. Would be wise to drop Adams and hit the waiver wires to pick Robby Anderson or others week 10’s suggested players?

  7. Too Tall says:

    10 team standard.
    I have rbs E. Elliott, D. McFaddon, A. Morris, L. McCoy, J. McKinnon, C.J.Anderson. Wrs Hilton, Tate, K. Benjamin. Thinking of dropping CJ Anderson for Jeremy Maclin or Robby Anderson or Maquis Lee or Robert Woofs or Copper Kupp. Would you drop CJ for one. Of those WR? If so, which one?

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