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)