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Streaming Defenses: Week 7

Streaming defenses uses the Streaming D app and the wizardry of Jeremy Marin and Matt Wispe to provide the best low-owned defensive options each week.

I could start off here with a joke about how Jeremy is making my mission easy, but I’ll just say that his streaming defense results from last week could be improved. And knowing his competitive nature, I’m certain that he’ll make my job incredibly difficult in Week 9.

Week

Team Rank Team Rank Team Rank

1

IND T-22nd ATL T-17th BUF T-10th

2

TB T-1st LAC T-23rd OAK T-8th

3

GB T-16th PHI 25th MIA T-18th
4 ATL T-15th CHI T-23rd CLE

T-18th

5 PHI 14th BUF T-15th NYG

T-21st

6 ATL T-20th WAS T-17th TB

T-15th

New Orleans Saints (ESPN Ownership: 2.7 Percent, Yahoo Ownership: 5 Percent)

It feels like just yesterday when the Saints had Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and were among the worst units in the NFL. But three straight double-digit performances, including a Week 6 finish as the top scoring defense and paired with a suddenly positive matchup, makes the Saints my top pick for the week.

Brett Hundley is a reasonable replacement for the Green Bay offense, but one thing is clear. He’s not Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers-Hundley

In addition to the injury to Rodgers, the Packers will have to replace multiple offensive linemen. The Packers allowed four sacks and committed three turnovers in their game against the Vikings. The Saints defense has created a turnover in each of their last three games and made 13 sacks over the same stretch.  Even with plenty of talent surrounding Hundley, Green Bay loses their typical reputation of being an offense to avoid.

Tennessee Titans (ESPN: 46.1 Percent, Yahoo: 31 Percent)

As is typically the case, the team playing the winless Cleveland Browns is usually a prime target for streaming. And despite ranking as the 29th-best defense according to ESPN scoring, the Titans are a solid candidate for streaming.

Week

Team Points Rank

1

PIT 19 5

2

BAL 15 T-3

3

IND 6

T-13

4 CIN 9

T-10

5 NYJ 5

T-17

6 HOU 23

2

The Browns rank as the best matchup for opposing defenses allowing an average of 4.8 points per game more than league average. If you were to have only played the defense playing the Browns, your cumulative scoring would rank second among all defenses behind only the Detroit Lions. Sometimes only the opponent matters.

Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN: 38.6 Percent, Yahoo: 23 Percent)

The Bengals rank as the ninth-best scoring defense on ESPN and have forced a turnover in four out of their first five games. Additionally, they’ve only allowed more than 20 points in one game. This week the Bengals play against a Pittsburgh squad they’ve traditionally had success against. Over the last five seasons, the Bengals have averaged more than one interception and a sack per game as well as kept them slightly below their average score.CIN Splits

The Steelers offense currently ranks as the ninth-best for opposing fantasy defenses, allowing 1.1 points per game more than league average. The Steelers have committed 10 turnovers this season and allowed 10 sacks.

Honorable Mention

The Carolina Panthers are available in just under 48 percent of Yahoo leagues and 37 percent of ESPN leagues despite being drafted among the top defenses. In Week 7, they play against Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears. In the two games since taking over, the Bears have averaged 22 points per game and while there are signs of hope for the rookie, he’s continued to make the Bears an offense to target for fantasy defenses.

Trubisky

Remember those splits I mentioned before for the Bengals against Pittsburgh? Well, the Steelers’ defense has also found success in this matchup. They have averaged more than one interception and two sacks per game against the Bengals. The Steelers are owned in 62.4 percent of ESPN leagues and are a viable option, if available.

PIT Splits

 

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By Matt Wispe | @WispeyTheKid | Archive

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