Week thirteen is officially over and now it is time to take a look at the “team to stream” in week fourteen.
Analysis: For the third consecutive week we will stream against the New York Jets who will host the Oakland Raiders. Geno Smith is expected to start and he’s only managed to help the Jets score just 20 points in their last three games. Geno Smith’s passer rating is now down to 60.4 with 19 interceptions in twelve games. The Jets rank 30th in the NFL in yards, 31st in points per game and 32nd in turnover margin. There really isn’t much else to say about an offense void of weapons and led by a turnover machine named Geno.
The Raiders would have a good defense from a fantasy perspective if their offense could score a bit more and limit turnovers to make life easier. But as it stands now the Raiders rank 16th in sacks, 5th in fumble recoveries and 25th in interceptions. The Raiders D/ST is available in about 90% of fantasy leagues.
Another team of note is the New England defense at home against Cleveland. The Browns have 11 turnovers in their last three games and Brandon Weeden is sporting a 70.3 passer rating and completing just 52% of his passes. The New England D is available in 20% of fantasy leagues.
With week one officially over it’s time to take a look at the best available defenses to stream for week two.
Analysis: Although the Baltimore defense got smoked to the tune of 49 points last Thursday it isn’t the end of the world. Baltimore is at home in week two against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns turned the ball over three times Sunday at home against Miami. All three turnovers were interceptions thrown by Brandon Weeden, he was also sacked six times. Weeden now has a 15-20 TD to INT ratio for his career with an awful 70.3 passer rating. Tim Tebow’s career passer rating is 75.3. Hell, even Quincy Carter and Tim Couch have a higher passer rating than Brandon Weeden.
The Baltimore D/ST is available in 30-60% of fantasy leagues. Another interesting but more so risky option this week is the Oakland defense. The Raiders held Indy to 21 points in week one on the road. They have Jacksonville at home this week who only managed to “score” 2 points on Sunday. Chad Henne will get the start for the Jags, he’s sporting a career 74.9 passer rating. The Oakland D/ST is available in 99% of fantasy leagues.
With the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals on their bye this week it is imperative to choose the right defense in week eight.
Analysis: Whether you like to stream or need a fill in defense this week it appears that the squad of choice just may be the San Diego Chargers who are coming off of a bye. The Chargers are a top 12 fantasy defense this year while playing high powered teams like Atlanta, New Orleans and Denver. San Diego is in Cleveland this week against the Browns who only managed to put up 13 points on the Colts in week seven.
With the San Diego D you have a unit that is 11th in the NFL in interceptions, 6th in forced fumbles and 5th in fumble recoveries. The Browns on the other hand have Brandon Weeden at quarteback with 10 interceptions in seven games this year. Weeden is also sporting a 72.3 passer rating and a completion percentage of 56%. The Browns are 21st in points per game with the 30th ranked rushing attack so all signs point to a solid San Diego performance in week eight.
Josh Gordon caught 3 balls for 99 yards and a score Sunday against the Bengals.
Analysis: Josh Gordon now has 3 touchdowns and 181 receiving yards over his last two games. While these are impressive numbers, he will not sustain anything close to that level of production. Those 181 yards came on just 5 receptions and 12 targets. Very, very few wide outs can score on just 25% of their targets. We must also consider that Brandon Weeden is not the quarterback you want to rely on for helping your fantasy wide outs put up monster numbers.
Josh Gordon may be available in just about every league out there but he isn’t even worth your time. He has yet to record a 4 reception game in his six games this year, he has yet to have a 10 target afternoon and he’s the second most targeted wide out on his team next to Greg Little. Picking up Josh Gordon is a recipe for disaster when there are far better options out there for you. Nate Burleson has 19 receptions in his last three games and even Kenny Britt is still available in a few leagues out there.
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.