Streaming Defenses: Week 8 Targets
For those new to Streaming Defenses (also called Defensive Team By Waiver Wire, or DTBWW), the strategy goes like this: Each week, you target a mediocre defense on the waiver wire, looking for a good matchup (i.e. bad quarterback, suspect offensive line, etc.), preferably at home. You will typically get good defensive production without having to burn a semi-valuable pick on draft day. Or if you do draft a defense and they start to disappoint, you can stream the rest of the way.
Note: For more on selecting a defense each week, read Chris Raybon’s excellent piece about what factors go into an attractive defensive matchup. I have come to some of the same conclusions over the years, but he added a few new factors to consider.
I have been writing this streaming feature for five years -- offering readers several available-on-the-waiver-wire defense picks each week -- and they averaged DT5, DT6, DT7, DT10 and DT8 numbers from 2009 to 2013. Generating top 10 DT numbers off the waiver wire allows fantasy owners to basically ignore the position on draft day, instead focusing on more important areas.
Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of Yahoo fantasy leagues to be eligible. This ensures that we are talking about defenses that are readily available.
Last week, the Ravens (15.5 FP, DT2) and Colts (14, DT4) posted great numbers, while the Browns (8, DT9), Packers (6.5, DT14), Redskins (6.5 DT14) were solid and the Cowboys (4, DT20) and Bears (4, DT20) were... not. On the season, our streaming picks are averaging 8.9 FP, or DT6-type numbers. Not bad.
Let’s look at the top streaming picks for Week 8:
Dolphins (@ JAX)
The Dolphins own the #7 defense in fantasy and this week they have a premium matchup with the Jaguars, who have given up an average of 13.8 fantasy points this season. In fact, the Jaguars yielded less than 12 points for the first time last week when they gave up 8.0 to the Browns. Miami does not have a good matchup next week (vs. SD).