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Streaming Defenses - Week 8



Bob is back with another week of streaming defense options, so read on!
Welcome to Week 8 streaming defenses. This week there are 6 bye teams making it a bit harder to find values in defenses. Even though most highly owned are still playing, one of the latest stream options are on bye, the Ravens, and 2 of our favorite targets are on bye as well, the Rams and 49ers. So I will include some desperation picks on defenses along with some decent opportunities. First let’s look at last week, since I believe in backing up projections.

It was a tough week for most defenses last week. BUF was a big dud, and the Patriots disappointed even against a backup QB. PHI surprised and is on to the highly owned tier, deservedly so. I warned you about PIT, and still don’t like them. HOU and TEN disappointed as streamers as well. Even taking PIT out of the equation the highly owned only garnered 1 point better on average than the streamers. So shout outs to the Ravens, Bengals and Packers for keeping us afloat in week 7.

Week 7 Highly Owned
DEN
HOU
100%
14
11
ARI
SEA
99%
12
8
NEP
@PIT
97%
12
5
MIN
@PHI
96%
14
14
SEA
@ARI
96%
10
8
BUF
@MIA
88%
12
1
PHI
MIN
86%
8
26
LAR
NYG
86%
8
8
PIT
NEP
86%
2
5
  Average>



10.125
Streams for Week 7
HOU
@DEN
78%
10
2
TEN
IND
60%
10
2
CIN
CLE
47%
9
9
BAL
@NYJ
33%
8
19
GB
CHI
41%
8
13
  Average>



9

As I state above it’s going to be a tough week for streamers, but I like 4 teams well enough and give you 2 desperation picks if you need them. The highly owned look pretty good except for BUF. Beware starting BUF. Here’s this week’s projections.
Week 8 Highly Owned
DEN
SDC
100%
12
The Chargers allow about 10 points per game no matter who they face. Facing the Broncos they will give up a few more. Start the Broncos as always.
ARI
@CAR
99%
12
Did you know the Panthers allow the 3rd most points to Defs? And they face a top defense this week. Start ARI with confidence, even on the road.
MIN
@CHI
98%
14
This one will get ugly, look for double digits from the MIN defense this week. Start with confidence.
NEP
@BUF
98%
12
BUF has no one to throw to anymore, and their running game is hurting. NEP will spy Taylor all day and bring home some def points in the process. Start the Patriots and expect big returns.
SEA
@NOS
96%
10
SEA is turning the Def up lately. They will do some damage to NO this week, start 'em as usual.
BUF
NE
90%
2
Uh oh, NEP is coming to town, and the Pats give up the 3rd least points to Defs. Look elsewhere.
PHI
@DAL
83%
10
The Cowboys have given up the least points to Defs to date, but they have yet to meet a top 10 defense. That will change this week. Eagles are averaging 16 points a game, and they will get their share this week too. Start ‘em.
Streams for Week 8
KCC
@IND
70%
12
Last time the Colts faced a top 10 def, they gave up 26 points. Chiefs are a top 10 def and a great stream this week. #1 stream.
TEN
JAC
39%
10
JAC is back to being a good target and the Titans have turned it up lately in spite of last week's bad turn. The Titans get back to form and are the 2nd best stream.
NYJ
@CLE
20%
10
The Jets looked better last week and stopped the ground game cold. Cle is still a great target averaging 10 points/game to just about any defense. Jets make the 3rd best stream.
CAR
ARI
63%
8
CAR has fallen off lately and face a high powered Off in ARI. I think this will be another low scoring slugfest, and CAR will score some def points, just not a ton. But there aren't many other options this week, so I make them the 4th best stream.
DAL
PHI
4%
8
I'm including DAL this week as one of two desperation starts. Wentz has been falling in performance and with DAL at home, this could be a decent desperation start.
CLE
NYJ
1%
6
In another desperation start, pick the Browns who play the #1 team in giving up points/game. There should be a few points to gain here by Cle, yes I said Cle.

Keep the feedback coming and good luck on a tough week.

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