Week eleven is officially over and now it is time to take a look at our “team to stream” in week twelve.
Analysis: This week we will take the Baltimore defense at home against the New York Jets. The reason… Geno Smith. Smith is sporting an awful 65.1 passer rating this year, but on the road it gets even worse with a 58.5 mark. He’s thrown 4 touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the road and has been sacked 20 times in those five road games. The Jets are 31st in the NFL in points per game, 20th in yards per game and 32nd in turnover margin.
The Baltimore defense has been solid all year with the exception of week one in Denver. The Ravens rank 13th in yards allowed, 8th in points per game allowed and 3rd in sacks. The Baltimore D/ST is available in 40-60% of fantasy leagues.
Another team of note this week is the Texans who are at home against the Jags. Jacksonville is averaging just 12.9 points per game, they have scored more than 20 points in a game just once this season. Houston is 1st in yards allowed this year despite being 28th in points allowed… courtesy of Mr. Schaub and his pick-sixes.
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.
Week 15 is one interesting week in regards to the defensive fantasy match-ups.
Analysis: The Baltimore defense is struggling at the moment and it may get even worse when Denver visits this coming week. Denver is averaging 28.8 points per game which is third best in the NFL. Peyton Manning is on fire and Denver is riding an eight game winning streak. Baltimore on the other hand did just give up 31 points to Washington and 23 to Charlie Batch and the Steelers.
An interesting alternative to starting the Ravens’ D is the Titans. The Titans have the train wreck that is the New York Jets this week. The Jets are 26th in points per game, 29th in passing yards and are 30th with 26 giveaways on the year.
Another solid option is the Detroit defense. The Lions have Arizona in week 15 and if they haven’t mentally checked out it could be a big fantasy day. The Cardinals are on a nine game losing streak and have scored a total of 6 points over their last two games. Both the Titans and Lions are worth checking out since teams like Baltimore and Atlanta(vs. NYG) are playing such tough opponents.
The Baltimore defense gave up 29 points and recorded only one sack Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys.
Analysis: Baltimore’s top three offensive opponents this year(Philly, NE, DAL) have scored an average of 28 points per game on the once great Raven defense. This Baltimore defense is 26th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and 20th in sacks. The unit still does produce its fair share of turnovers but they are just not getting to the quarterback this year. The loss of Terrell Suggs hurts but the loss of Jarret Johnson should not go unnoticed either.
Baltimore visits Houston in week seven and it just may be the right time to look for better fantasy options. It’s one thing to rack up the fantasy points against Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel and it’s another thing to do so against actual NFL quarterbacks. I’m not saying drop the Baltimore D because they do match up well in the coming weeks against the Browns and Raiders but there may be better options out there for you.