Streaming Defenses- Week 9

Week eight is in the books and now it’s time to take a look at the “team to stream” in week nine.

Analysis: This week we will take the Oakland defense at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nick Foles should get the start for the Eagles and he is still a big question mark. Foles struggled in his last start against the Cowboys. He was 11 for 29 passing and was sacked 3 times before leaving with the concussion. Despite Philly ranked 5th in the NFL in yards per game the Eagles are just 18th in points per game(22.0/game).

The Oakland defense has been a top ten fantasy defense in its last four games(PIT,KC,SD,WSH). The Raiders are 10th in the NFL in yards allowed per game, 12th in points per game against, 15th in sacks and 9th in fumble recoveries. The Raiders D/ST is available in 85-95% of fantasy leagues.

The Titans defense is another one to check out, they are at St. Louis in week nine. The Rams are 30th in yards per game and 23rd in points per game this year. The Rams also have a short week while the Titans have been resting on their bye. The Titans D/ST is available in 65-80% of fantasy leagues.

Stock Rising- Jason Avant

Jason Avant amassed 133 receiving yards on 7 receptions Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: This is Avant’s second big fantasy week in a row. He is obviously benefiting from the absence of DeSean Jackson and his impact has been significant. Avant has 17 targets, 11 receptions and 212 yards in his last two games. He is not much of a touchdown threat which does hinder his value but he may be of use in these final weeks. Nick Foles does spread the ball around on a pass heavy team so Avant should continue with a healthy amount of targets.

If Pierre Garcon does not have RG3 throwing him the ball next Sunday against Cleveland his fantasy value does take a hit. Is Avant a better fantasy option than Garcon if RG3 is out? Possibly, but he is not the red zone threat that Garcon is. Yes, there is an amount of risk in starting Avant next week but if LeSean McCoy remains out it will continue to boost his value. Avant is available in virtually every league but his stock is certainly rising.