Streaming Defenses: Week 14 Targets
Do you stream defenses in your fantasy football leagues or in DFS? If you have not, it’s something you should consider. Streaming defenses means you will only roster a unit based on favorable matchups in the next week or two. The goal is to add and drop at the DST position based on upcoming matchups, rarely holding one for an extended period of time.
We discussed in my introductory article the benefits of streaming defenses, how to do it and what to look for from a statistical perspective. This column will combine that approach with our very own Kevin Zatloukal’s model for streaming defenses. The model revolves around the Vegas lines for predicting points scored by the opposing defense, the quarterback’s history for predicting interceptions thrown and both the offense and defense’s history of allowing sacks. These elements are the most predictable parts of defensive scoring on a week to week basis. With that being said, this article will tell you about four defenses you should be looking to stream in Week 14.
Top Streaming Picks
Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants
The Giants shocked the fantasy community with a win over the Seahawks. Quarterback Colt McCoy only completed 13-of-22 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Giants’ offensive line gave up two sacks. As a gentle reminder, New York leads the NFL with 114 quarterback pressures allowed. The Giants lean heavily on running back Wayne Gallman, who rushed for a career-high 135 yards in Week 13. New York also allowed a safety on a blocked punt. The Cardinals defense has been a middle of the road unit all season, allowing 360 total yards and 25 points per game this season. Arizona is on the streaming radar whether McCoy or turnover prone Daniel Jones (two turnovers in 54.5% of his 11 starts this season) is under center.
The Cardinals are rostered in 20% of Yahoo! leagues.
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