Streaming Defenses – Week 10

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 four NFL teams find themselves on byes:


New York Giants vs. Oakland
While it appears like Terrelle Pryor has avoided a serious injury, Darren McFadden has not.  He re-injured his hamstring and will almost certainly miss this week’s matchup against the Giants.  That leaves Rashad Jennings to lead the Raiders backfield, which definitely isn’t as imposing.

As it is the Giants have been rolling defensively in recent weeks, having not allowed an offensive touchdown in 10 consecutive quarters.  Heading into their bye week against the Eagles they had a 4 sack, 2 interception performance while forcing 5 fumbles (recovering one of them).  They have forced 5 turnovers in their past two games and we all know that they have a potentially vicious pass rush.

The Raiders have allowed 32 sacks this season, tied for second most in the league.  It’s easy to expect the Giants defense to have another big afternoon, especially with the Raiders having to travel to the east coast and play a 1:00 PM EST game.


Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay
The Dolphins defense is not terrible and we all know the Buccaneers offense is extremely banged up.  The question is going to be if they can shutdown Mike James (they’ve allowed 9 rushing TD) and more importantly Vincent Jackson.

The Dolphins do have 11 INT this season, as well as 25 sacks (tied for 10th in the league).  They are hardly a sure thing, but they are still appealing depending on your alternatives.


Other options, if they are available:

  • Tennessee Titans (owns in 62% of Yahoo leagues, 32.2% of ESPN leagues)
  • Arizona Cardinals (owned in 55% of Yahoo leagues, 7.8% of ESPN leagues)
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  1. Randy says:

    For a must win, would you trade Andre Brown for Phillip Rivers? I have Brady in bye with Dalton as backup. My other RBs are Forte, Moreno, Spiller, and Vereen. Guys like Ivory, Ray Rice, Tate, and Rashad Jennings are on the waiver wire. Thanks!

  2. shiv says:

    so I have chiefs defense who are on a bye week and therefore need to pickup a defense. My team consists of the following players (1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, a defense, and 1K league):

    AJ Green
    Jordy Nelson
    Keenan Allen
    Harry Douglas
    Leveon Bell
    Demarco Murray
    Jordan Reed
    Julius Thomas
    CJ Spiller
    Garrett Hartley
    Chiefs Defense

    Who should I drop to stream a defense?

  3. Randy – in a heartbeat I’d make that trade with those guys available

    shiv – Wouldn’t want to drop anyone…lol…your depth comes for WR, though, so I guess Douglas (unless you can trade him)

  4. L says:

    Exact same issue as shiv -

    QB Tony Romo
    WR Vincent Jackson
    WR Keenan Allen
    WR Cecil Shorts
    WR Josh Gordon
    WR Harry Douglas
    WR Percy Harvin
    RB Zac Stacy
    RB Le’Veon Bell
    RB Lamar Miller
    RB Mike James
    TE Jordan Reed
    DEF Kanas City Cheifs
    K Mason Crosby

    The Chiefs are on a bye this week and Romo is on a bye next week. A few assets I’m targeting on the wavier wire are: DEF Carolina Panthers, DEF Indianapolis Colts & QB Nick Foles. You mention New York Giants DEF having value so maybe they could be considered as well, but who to drop? Also in-regards to the defenses I wouldn’t mind adding Carolina’s D for the remainder of the season, but I don’t think they have a particularly good match-up in week 10 against the San Francisco 49ners; the Indianapolis Colts on the other hand have the St. Louis Rams who really only have Zac Stacy as an offensive threat unless somehow their QB can really step-up and make Jared Cook and the WRs look as if they have fantasy relevance.

  5. Mark says:

    colts defense vs st louis or texans def vs arizona this week?

  6. L – Of the defenses you named, I’d go with Carolina as my top option personally. The Panthers defense has stymied the running game, which is the key to SF offense. They are averaging the fewest passing yards per game, so it could be a poor afternoon for the,

    Mark – I’d go Indianapolis

  7. Kristen says:

    So I have Carolina defense (who’ve been doing well lately) do I drop them to add the Titans who have such an easy week this week? Or stick with the Panthers?

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