Streaming Defenses: Week 11 Targets
I’m old enough to remember a time in TV history when cable was a luxury and adjusting the “bunny-ears” antennae was a way of life. Whenever tuning the signal dial just wasn’t cutting it, you had to adjust the tin foil crunched around the end of the “ears”. Satellite TV back then sounded like a sci-fi fever dream. Even if you had the better services, there still weren’t that many channels to choose from.
Now, though, we are firmly in the era of streaming.
So many options are just a click away these days, and all on-demand. You don’t have to get tied down to one provider. Sure, not every choice is available all the time, and you don’t always know where to look among what’s available. Still, that’s what this column is for: to guide you through the world of streaming… defenses.
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 Sam Hoppen’s analytical model for streaming defenses. Sam’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 on a weekly basis.
With all that out of the way, let’s dim the lights and press play on the main feature. Here are four defenses to consider picking up ahead of Week 11.
Week 10 Review
- Tennessee Titans vs. NO – 6 pts (t-DEF12)
- Kansas City @ LV – 7 pts (t-DEF10)
This is the first week we’ve had where every streamer made it into the top-12 among defenses for the week. Everything clicked for the Green Bay Packers, who forced three sacks and two turnovers in a shutout of the Seattle Seahawks, while the Philadelphia Eagles forked over 13 points but had a strip-sack-six that alone boosted them into a top-five option for the week.
The Tennessee Titans allowed the most points among our Week 10 targets, but their four sacks and a fumble recovery on top allowed them to sustain their recent success. Finally, Kansas City throttled the Las Vegas Raiders, with two sacks and two turnovers in a massively negative game script fueling their charge to a top-10 finish on the week.
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