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:
Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
At this point it wouldn’t really matter who was facing the Jets, because their offense looks completely inept. Thus far they have refused to remove Geno Smith from under center, where he has consistently looked overmatched. This past week they tried to run the Wildcat as much as possible, limiting Smith’s potential to turn the ball over, but it hardly worked.
They’ve managed just 16.9 points per game, ahead of only the miserable Jaguars. They are built on their defense and are lacking quality skill players at virtually all offensive positions.
Jets quarterbacks have been sacked 38 times (tied for third most in the league), while the Dolphins have 32. They’ve also tossed 18 interceptions (tied for most) and have lost 6 fumbles.
Cleveland Browns – vs. Jacksonville
The “hot” Jaguars won their second game of the season (two of the past three), though scored just 13 points in the process. They’ve managed just 12.9 points per game, by far the worst in the league.
Cleveland’s defense has forced just 13 turnovers, so it’s hard to say they are a given to stymy the Jaguars. They do still have Maurice Jones-Drew (while he appears to be a shell of his former self, he is coming off a game with 84 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries) and Cecil Shorts (8 catches for 71 yards).
This is a good gamble to take, but it shouldn’t be considered the best stream of the week.
Buffalo Bills – vs. Atlanta
The Bills defense has quietly been strong this season, including 37 sacks (tied for the league lead) and 16 INT (also tied for the league lead). That’s a good combination to bet on, especially against a Falcons team that seems to be just going through the motions.
In their last five games they have 13 points or fewer four times. Tough matchup or not, that’s just not an acceptable number. In total they’ve turned the ball over 20 times (12 interceptions and 8 lost fumbles).
Why should we expect any type of turn around this week?