The Cincinnati Bengal defense is the best play this week if you love to stream your fantasy defenses.
Analysis: We won’t even go into the Cincinnati performance or lack thereof Monday night. What we will do is take a deeper look into the Cleveland-Philly week one matchup. The Eagles turned the ball over five times, FIVE times and the Browns still only managed to score sixteen points. Brandon Weeden threw four picks and was sacked twice in his NFL debut all while picking up a 5.1 passer rating in the process. Weeden only completed 34% of his passes and he did fumble two times. Key stat- the Browns only made it into the red zone twice at home against Philly who turned the ball over five times.
Say what you will about the Bengal D but the Browns are just plain awful. Trent Richardson can’t do much on the ground if his quarterback is sporting a 5.1 passer rating. The Cincinnati D is available in ninety percent of leagues so you’re going to have to act fast in order to capitalize on such a great matchup.
Both the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts have great fantasy matchups in week seventeen.
Analysis: The Denver defense has struggled some as of late but if the offense does not turn the ball over, the Denver defense can be lethal. The Broncos matchup with the Chiefs this week and it looks to be a favorable one. The Chiefs are averaging just 13.7 points per game and quarterback Kyle Orton has only thrown one touchdown in three games with Kansas City. The Broncos are seventh in the league with forty sacks and with a playoff berth at stake- they will be pinning their ears back more than ever this week.
Week seventeen also has another interesting fantasy contest with Indy at Jacksonville. Indy has quietly put together two solid defensive outings against the Titans and the Texans. Jacksonville will continue to be led by rookie Blaine Gabbert who is sporting a 64.3 passer rating. Gabbert has thrown an interception in five consecutive games and seven out of his last eight. The Indy defense may be a long shot considering they are available in well over ninety-five percent of fantasy leagues but Jacksonville is just plain awful on offense.
There are not many solid options to stream in week sixteen but the Tennessee Titans’ defense has a good matchup.
Analysis: The Titans get Jacksonville at home this week in an absolute must win game. The Titans are coming off of a bad performance in Indy but the three Titan turnovers are what really lost the game for them. With Jacksonville you still have a team on the road with a rookie quarterback. The Jags are not even averaging fifteen points per game and are dead last in the NFL in yards per game by thirty yards to the Colts. Blaine Gabbert has a quarterback rating of 65.6 on the year and has thrown ten picks and has fumbled the ball thirteen times(losing four of them).
Surprisingly, the Titans still rank in the top ten in the NFL in points allowed per game. They know the blue print to dominate the Jacksonville squad is simple- stop MJD and apply pressure to Blaine Gabbert. The Jags are 1-6 on the road this year and have not scored more than seventeen points in any road game. The Titans need this game to keep within reach of the Jets and Bengals for the sixth playoff spot in the AFC and you can expect to see their defense give Gabbert the business.
If defenses like the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals are taken this week then the Buffalo Bills just may be the team to stream.
Analysis: Week fifteen sees the Buffalo Bills at home against an awful Miami Dolphins club. Miami may have Matt Moore starting but he would be coming off of a concussion so it is unlikely that he will see any playing time. Enter- JP Losman, that’s right, JP Losman. After the Matt Moore concussion last week, Losman was 6-10 for sixty yards with a fumble and a safety. The Bills’ defense may be average but a JP Losman led Miami squad in Buffalo is about as bad as it gets.
Miami has allowed the second most sacks in the NFL this year and with JP Losman you can expect sacks, interceptions, fumbles and tons of defensive fantasy points. Miami isn’t even averaging twenty points per game so there really isn’t much of a gamble streaming the Bills’ defense. The Buffalo defense is available in over eighty percent of fantasy leagues and still isn’t getting much hype this week. If you love to stream then you’ll love Buffalo in week fifteen.
With a week fourteen matchup against the St. Louis Rams, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense is primed to put up some big fantasy numbers.
Analysis: The St. Louis Rams are last in the NFL in points per game at 11.7 and thirty-first in yards per game at 284 per. Sam Bradford and AJ Feeley are both questionable for the “big” Monday night game this coming week, which means Tom Brandstater may get the start. If that wasn’t enough for you, Seattle is at home and still trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Seattle defense dominated the Rams in week eleven and this contest should not be any different.
The Seahawks are only giving up twenty points per game and are fifth in the NFL in interceptions with sixteen on the year. Seattle’s last bad fantasy performance was in week nine at Dallas, since then has been consistent play and three wins in four games. Seattle is still widely available in fantasy leagues and they are a lock this week to put up solid numbers.