Streaming Defenses: Week 9
With six teams on bye, including three of the top ten scoring defenses, it’s time to take a look at available streaming D options for Week 9.
Jeremy Marin did a good job in Week 8, providing two top-12 options in his picks and the second-best scoring defense as his top honorable mention.
Week 9 Streaming D Options
ESPN Ownership: 32.5 Percent; Yahoo Ownership: 48 Percent
The Bills play the New York Jets in a rematch from Week 1. In week 1, the Bills scored 10 points in ESPN leagues and have managed to score double digits in four of their seven games, this season.
The Bill rank as the sixth-best matchup for the week, according to the RotoViz Streaming D App. Opposing defenses have scored double digits against the Jets three times this season.
The Bills are second in the NFL in interceptions and are tied for the lead in takeaways. There’s plenty of reason to think that the Bills have a high floor this week with the potential to add excitement for owners with turnovers.
ESPN Ownership: 46.8 Percent; Yahoo Ownership: 48 Percent
The Lions defense has scored double digits in all but two of their first seven games. As seen above, the matchup against the Packers is the fifth best for Week 9.
Brett Hundley has failed to inspire hope in his two starts. After attempting 33 passes for 157 yards in his relief outing, Hundley attempted just 25 passes for 87 yards in his Week 7 start against the Saints.
The Lions are my top pick from this group this week and have the potential to be one of the top scoring defenses for the week.
ESPN Ownership: 10.2 Percent; Yahoo Ownership: 22 Percent
After their Thursday night debacle, the Miami Dolphins offense has become a clear option to target with streaming defenses. Whether the bulk of the quarterback play is done by Jay Cutler or Matt Moore, neither has given a significant reason to expect much.
Both Cutler and Moore have thrown a majority of their targets on shorter yardage routes which favors an Oakland defense that has been successful at liming passing yardage at shorter target depths, according to the Air Yards Team Defense tools.
And with the news of the Jay Ajayi trade, Adam Gase will be tasked with replacing 82 percent of the team’s rushing attempts.
With only a few days to adjust the offense, there are additional reasons to like the seventh-best matchup this week. Oakland is a riskier option as they rank 32nd in ESPN formats, but are a nice play in deeper formats.
The Houston Texans are available in around 20 percent of leagues on both Yahoo and ESPN. This can possibly be explained by people losing faith in the defense after their negative outing against Seattle. If you’re one of the lucky members of these leagues, pick them up for the top matchup of the week. The Texans rank 16th in scoring on ESPN and have three double-digit scoring weeks, including two weeks over 20. The Colts have had at least one turnover in seven of their eight games.
The San Francisco 49ers welcome back Drew Stanton to a starting QB role in the NFL. Despite ranking as the second-worst fantasy defense on ESPN, the matchup alone makes them worth a look. In his 34 appearances, Stanton has thrown only 14 TDs compared to 20 interceptions. Similar to the Raiders, the 49ers are a deeper league option, but this game has the potential to be among the lowest scoring totals for the week.