Streaming Defenses: Week 1 Targets
I have always maintained that the classic 1980’s film series Ghostbusters is completely incorrect on two counts. First, I was afraid of those ghosts. Seriously, Slimer just gets to drive a bus around after dropping a chandelier and vomiting goo on people? Terrifying, and quite irresponsible of the ‘Busters.
Second, you can and should
cross the stream – defenses, that is.
I explained in my introductory article to the concept that streaming defenses is one of the most sound ways to approach the position in fantasy football, as well as how to do it, and what to look for from a statistical perspective in a defensive streamer.
This column will combine that approach with our own Kevin Zatloukal’s analytical model for streaming defenses. KZ’s model utilizes Vegas lines for predicting points scored by the opposing defense, opposing quarterback history for interception rates, and both the offense and defense’s history of allowing sacks – the most predictive parts of defensive scoring.
With all that said, this article will help you stream your defense – and hopefully find one that won’t get slime all over your roster. Here are four defenses to consider picking up in advance of Week 1, with none boasting a rostership of more than 40% in Yahoo! leagues.
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