Streaming Defenses- Week 15

Week fourteen is officially over and now it is time to take a look at our “team to stream” in week fifteen.

Analysis: This week we will take the Jacksonville defense at home against the Buffalo Bills. The Jaguars are on a three game win streak and much of it can be attributed to their improved defense. Jacksonville has 8 sacks and have forced 6 turnovers in that three game span. They are far from a dominant unit but they have been playing very well as of late.

The Bills on the other hand struggle mightily on the road(1-5). EJ Manuel is only completing 52% of his passes on the road and his road passer rating is just 57.2. Manuel has 9 passing touchdowns to his credit to go along with 10 turnovers in nine games this season. The Bills have averaged just 11 points per game in their last three road games. Overall for the season the Bills rank 23rd in total yards, 25th in points and 24th in sacks allowed. The Jacksonville D/ST is available in 99% of fantasy leagues.

Another team of note this week is the Miami defense at home against the Patriots. Miami is 5th in the NFL in sacks and 5th in interceptions while New England has struggled in recent weeks with Houston and Cleveland.

Streaming Defenses- Week 11

Week ten is officially over and now it’s time to take a look at our “team to stream” in week eleven.

Analysis: This week we will take the New York Giants at home against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers will start third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien this week. Tolzien threw two interceptions and recorded a 70.5 passer rating in week ten against the Eagles after Seneca Wallace left with a groin injury.

The Giants are allowing just 11.3 points per game over their last three games. They have recorded double-digit fantasy points in each of those three games and have been a top ten fantasy defense in the last month of action. The Giants also have 9 sacks in that three games span, they had just 5 sacks in their previous six games. The Giants rank 12th in the NFL in yards allowed per game, 19th in interceptions and 12th in fumble recoveries. The Giants D/ST is available in 90-97% of fantasy leagues.

Another widely available team of note is the New York Jets who are in Buffalo this week. Rookie EJ Manuel has not recorded a passer rating north of 75.0 in his last four games and the Bills are just 24th in points per game this season. The Jets D/ST is available in 85-95% of fantasy leagues.

Not So Fast With EJ

Rookie EJ Manuel has more fantasy points than Tony Romo, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson through the first two weeks of the season.

Analysis: EJ has been impressive thus far but he’s not a QB1 yet. His first two starts have been at home and this week against a solid Jets defense in New York we will see if EJ can sustain his current 95.9 passer rating which is a top ten mark. EJ is available in 60-90% of fantasy leagues but the hype machine is out in full force. It does appear that the Bills have a franchise/oft-injured quarterback on their hands, but the “fantasy reality” is that he’s strictly a QB2.

Although Cam Newton has not played well thus far he will outrush Manuel by several hundred yards this year. Yes, EJ is athletic and has a similar body type but expect about 250 rushing yards from the rookie. The fact is Sam Bradford, Andy Dalton and Philip Rivers are all playing very well which hurts Manuel’s value. Aside from Rivers(who is a must own) and Dalton another widely available QB to watch is as always Mr. Carson Palmer. Palmer is on the road in New Orleans this week- expect a pass happy affair.