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 as six NFL teams find themselves on byes:
Oakland vs. Philadelphia
The Eagles could be forced to use Matt Barkley at quarterback, with both Michael Vick (hamstring) and Nick Foles (concussion) questionable. If that happens, the Raiders become a tremendous option. Barkley has looked lost when entering games, which would allow the Raiders to key in on LeSean McCoy. The Giants were able to do this in Week 8, and it seemed like the Eagles offense never had a chance of finding the end zone.
As it is Oakland’s defense is among the best at stopping the run (89.9 yards/game), so they could be extremely dangerous. Throw in the Eagles having to travel across the country and what’s not to like?
Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
The Colts defense has actually performed fairly well this season, racking up 21 sacks and 8 interceptions. Couple that with a matchup against a banged up team and there are ample reasons to roll the dice.
It’s still unknown if Arian Foster and/or Ben Tate will be able to take the field in Week 9, but if both are out this matchup gets that much more attractive. As it is they will be running Case Keenum out under center. While he wasn’t awful in his first start (15/25, 271 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT), it’s also hard to imagine him replicating that success.
Throw in that the Texans are in the bottom half of the league in sacks allowed (22), despite already having their bye, and things look good. They definitely appear worth the gamble.
Tennessee Titans at St. Louis
The Titans defense has done a great job of capitalizing on opportunities, with 3 TD on the season. With Sam Bradford out and Kellen Clemens taking the reigns, they may have the opportunity to cash in some more. The St. Louis offense does have upside, but the quarterback change makes them susceptible to a real stinker here.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 Rankings: