Streaming Defenses- Week 2

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

Analysis: The Houston defense was the best fantasy defense in week one against the Redskins. Houston allowed just 6 points, forced 2 turnovers and recorded 3 sacks. Houston is on the road in week two against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders only put 14 points on the board against the Jets and averaged 1.7 yards per carry on 15 attempts. Rookie Derek Carr looked fine but he is still a rookie. The Houston D is available in 50-60% of fantasy leagues.

The Tennessee Titans make a fine secondary option this week. The Titans have an underrated defensive unit and they are at home against the Cowboys this week. The Cowboys had 4 turnovers in week one and have had 11 turnovers in their last four regular season games. Romo’s passer rating on the road was 8 points lower than his mark at home last year and his completion percentage was 7 points lower on the road. The Titans D is available in 98% of fantasy leagues.

ADP Watch- Defenses

There is little upside when drafting a defense in the top 120. Last year Houston was the 2nd to 4th defense taken in drafts and they finished 28th in fantasy points. Chicago was the 3rd to 5th defense taken last year and they finished 27th. Denver was taken 5th to 7th last year and finished 13th.

Analysis: The thing these three defenses have in common was that their ADP last year was 120 or less. It just isn’t worth taking a defense that early. One injury or one suspension and the pick can quickly become a pile of hot garbage. Keep in mind that Michael Floyd, Emmanuel Sanders and Alshon Jeffery had an ADP between 112 and 118 last year.

One of the most interesting defenses this year is the Bucs. The Bucs had the 10th best fantasy defense last year with little field position support due to their awful offense and the injury of Doug Martin. Lovie Smith is a good coach and Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David are elite at their positions. They have brought in playmakers Alterraun Verner(Ten) and Michael Johnson(Cin). The Bucs D/ST is the 13th to 17th defense being taken in the 146-164 pick range.

Streaming Defenses- Week 12

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.