Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 8
Whether it’s your college re-draft league, your intense dynasty team, or daily tournaments, the golden rule in fantasy football is to never break the bank for a defense.
As the most volatile position in fantasy football, nearly every defense in the league is a viable starting option for a given week. In daily fantasy, creating new rosters and therefore selecting new defenses is the name of the game. In other formats, over-drafting a defense or sticking with the same unit for an entire season is more like shooting yourself in the foot. With that approach, you’re simply not squeezing the position for all it’s worth.
Take these fun numbers from last season for example:
- Every one of the league’s 32 defenses posted at least two top-12 finishes
- 28 of the league’s 32 defenses posted at least one top-five finish
- 22 defenses recorded at least two top-5 finishes
There’s value to be had with every defense. Knowing who to play and when to play‘em is the key.
Using a rough criteria consisting of everything from turnover opportunities to betting lines, GX will help you manage fantasy football’s most volatile position by bringing you the top streaming defensive options each week for the entire season.
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Not that I would’ve guessed it, but the Seattle defense was the disappointing streamer from last week. Not a turnover, not a sack, not a damn thing against Austin Davis and the Rams!
Meanwhile, the Bills posted double-digits, the Browns turned in a decent eight points despite an otherwise terrible game of football for Cleveland and even the lowly Redskins punked out six points for us.
Let’s swing for the fences in Week 8, shall we?
Houston (@ Tennessee)
Listed as the top-priced defense on DraftKings this week, the Texans are going to cost you a relatively high $3,400. Their six sacks the last two weeks against good quarterbacks provides some momentum, as does the fact they’re playing the Titans. Neither Charlie Whitehurst nor Jake Locker present much of a threat.
Another thing to point out with Houston — they give up lots of yards. If the 387 yards per game average is enough to scare you off their price tag this week, no one can blame you, but the Texans defense puts up nice numbers against poor offenses (Washington, Oakland and Buffalo with E.J.) and slightly worse numbers against good offenses (like Dallas and Indianapolis).
Miami (@ Jacksonville)
They may cost you $3,300, but Jacksonville lets you know what you’re getting from your streamer, which is more than likely a double-digit output. They are fresh off an impressive win in Chicago where they produced a trio of sacks and turnovers for 10 fantasy points.
Miami has a powerful pass rush led by Cameron Wake and now Reshad Jones is back in the secondary making plays and hitting hard. We have to like the Dolphins this week.
Kansas City (vs. St. Louis)
It probably wasn’t anything personal, but Austin Davis and the Rams made sure they ruined our Seattle pick last week by taking special care of the football and stringing together 60 consecutive minutes of football without a turnover for the first time all season.
If you’re in the group of those willing to call last week’s game an outlier, then we’re in the same group this week and willing to take the Chiefs defense for a very reasonable $2,800.
This Kansas City unit has not been special this season, posting just one double-digit output in six games. They are, however, averaging close to three sacks per game and they seem to be in a good spot to take advantage of a St. Louis team that’s committed 10 turnovers this season and now finds themselves in prime position for a letdown game on the road.
Minnesota (@ Tampa Bay)
If Washington was our bold pick for last week, Minnesota takes the throne for Week 8.
Take a gander at the Vikings output over the course of the season and you’ll see plenty of ugly totals: 0, 4, 4, 0, 5. Perhaps even more eye catching are the two totals of 22 and 15. Not only were they valuable outputs — in Week 1 and 7, respectively — but they also came against bad offensive teams in St. Louis (then led by Shaun Hill) and Buffalo (below-average).
Fast forward to this Sunday and the Vikings prepare to take on the Buccaneers — an offense barely averaging 300 yards a game and having already committed 12 turnovers through six games. Oh, and Vegas has a line of just 42 on this Sunday extravaganza, which is one of the lowest on the card this week.
Should we expect double-digits from the Vikings this weekend? Nah, we probably shouldn’t expect it, but their track record at least gives us an idea of their potential to feast on poor offensive teams, which the Bucs clearly are. For just $2,600, Minnesota feels worth the gamble.
Shae hails from Maryland, graduated from Towson University, serves as a Redskins correspondent at Bleacher Report, leads his own circus at Bet Big DC, yells at the television from the couch, is a devout food enthusiast, takes pride in fantasy sports bargain shopping, is a sucker for the arts and is brimming with useless pop culture knowledge. When he’s not drudging away behind his outdated laptop, Shae enjoys eating, traveling and rooting for teams that usually don’t win.