Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 9
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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Last week’s streamers averaged better than 18 fantasy points thanks to huge outputs from Miami (28), Kansas City (19) and Minnesota (19). Here’s to keeping the drive alive in Week 9!
Despite their Week 7 what-the-hell loss to Jacksonville, the Browns are set to take on their third bad team in as many weeks, this time facing the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are averaging just 19 ppg on offense.
Cleveland was a bit of a dud in what was thought to be a favorable match-up against Tennessee in Week 5, but they’ve gained some momentum in recent weeks, including their 13-point performance against the Raiders last week.
Although the Bucs should have some luck running the ball against a Browns defense giving up more than 140 rushing yards per game, their own defense isn’t good enough to keep the game close, which should present Cleveland with opportunities to generate turnovers.
Given the pool this week, the Browns are fairly priced at $2,900 over at DraftKings and could be available as a waiver wire snag.
You’re right to feel like a bully by now, after eight straight weeks of trying to grab whatever defense is playing against Jacksonville. Even as a guy who secretly roots for the Jags to play well, it’s not a trend any of us fantasy owners can afford to pass on. The Jags are offering up gobs of fantasy football points on a silver platter (18 turnovers in eight games) and asking us to eat.
If it weren’t for the Jags, I’d actually use some caution when contemplating the Bengals. Although they started the season off right averaging 10.6 fantasy points through the first three weeks, they’ve been awful since their Week 4 bye, averaging just 1.5 points per game and posting negative scores twice. That all ends on Sunday.
The Bengals are one of the top-priced defenses this week at $3,300, but that’s a value play if you’re comfortable expecting at least 10 points in return. When it comes to re-draft leagues, you might be able to find them floating around the free agent pool if frustrated owners bid them farewell two or three weeks ago (although Yahoo! lists them as 86 percent owned).
This isn’t a homer pick by any means, but you could accuse me of climbing aboard the Redskins bandwagon after their performance on Monday night against Dallas.
It’s not so much Washington’s 10-point performance that’s intriguing, but instead the way in which they earned those 10 points. With the success defensive coordinator Jim Haslett gained from blitzing here, bluffing there, hiding here and sliding there, he should incorporate that kind of mentality for the rest of the season. If he does, a rookie quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater could have his hands full.
Additionally, Minnesota is barely averaging 17 ppg on offense, which clearly plays into the hands of the newly-aggressive Redskins defense. Despite DeMarco Murray’s success last week, Washington is capable of stopping the run and they could have some luck making the Vikings a one-dimensional foe on Sunday.
While there is a little gamble to go along with this play, the Redskins are priced at a friendly $2,900 and should be available via most waiver wires.
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.