Streaming Defenses – Week 7

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you are a fantasy footballer who likes to stream his/her defense, let’s take a look at the best options for the NFL’s second week:


San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville
The Chargers have managed just two takeaways this season (1 interception and 1 fumble recovery), but the Jaguars offense just isn’t very good. Maurice Jones-Drew is not the electric running back he once was and, while explosive, both Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are banged up. While they both could play, could you imagine how bad they’d be if both were forced to miss the game?

Jaguar quarterbacks have been sacked 22 times and thrown 11 interceptions, so maybe this is the week San Diego starts making some plays on defense. Regardless, if you are streaming defenses anyone against the Jaguars seems favorable.

Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland
The Packers defense was supposed to be good this season, though they have failed to live up to expectations and likely have been dropped in many formats. If that’s the case, now is the time to pounce.

The Browns have no running game and Brandon Weeden will once again be leading the offense. What’s not to like?

Green Bay has just two interceptions this season, but that could change in a hurry. Cleveland QB have throw 8 INT and Weeden himself had two in Week 6. He’s also been sacked 5+ times in three of his four games this season, so expecting him to get hit early and often is definitely fair.


Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo
No one is going to confuse the Dolphins with one of the elite defenses in the league, but they also are better than people often give them credit for. With Thaddeus Lewis and Matt Flynn handling the Bills quarterbacking duties, as long as Miami can shutdown a banged up C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, they could be in for a big day.

Buffalo has allowed 20 sacks this season, among the most in the league. That should open up some opportunities for Miami, who is coming off their bye week and have had a chance to make te necessary adjustments.


Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Streaming Defenses - Week 8
Streaming Defenses - Week 6


  1. Luc says:

    Hey Prof,

    I own the Texans D/ST and they have not been living up to expectations this season fantasy wise. Would it be wise to drop them and start streaming defenses week to week?

    • It depends on who you can get and your roster limitations. Houston’s schedule lightens up a lot in the near future, including 2 games against the Jaguars, Arizona and Oakland

  2. Adam says:

    Would you consider Carolina’s D/ST a better streaming option against STL over Green Bay or Miami?

  3. James A says:

    League 1, I have Cincy. Only viable options are New England vs Jets, San Diego vs Jax and maybe Carolina? Stay or go for one of the above?

    League 2: I have Indianapolis. Tennessee, San Diego and St Louis/Carolina are the only real options. Won’t keep Indy because of the matchup, so pick one.

  4. Christine says:

    I have the Denver defense. Would you drop them for the Miami defense this week?

  5. ross says:

    I picked up min’s d this week, hoping for eli’s Interception trouble continue…is this ill advised

  6. Christine – I do like Miami, but Denver is a better option long-term. I’d probably stay the course

    ross – It’s not bad, but who were your other options? Minnesota is definitely usable

  7. Nicole says:

    I have Texans D/ST, but can pick up either Minnesota or San Diego for this week. Which one would you go with?

  8. Jarred Bradley says:

    Please Pick 1: SD, Minn, Bal, CAR, Miami

  9. Ryan says:

    Should I start New England vs Jets or should I start Green Bay vs Cleveland. New Enlgand has already had a good outing againg the Jets this season but because of Green Bay’s matchup I’m really on the fence this week and this could make or break my season because we are pretty evenly matched up this week. Who would you recommend?

  10. Joe C says:

    Def pickup this week – MIN, SD, MIA, GB?

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