Dreaming of Streaming: Week 3 Edition
September 18, 2012 | C.D. Carter
Jake Locker and his merry band are discombobulated in almost every facet of the game. Chris Johnson is a total and complete debacle, as seen in a hundred thousand hateful Monday morning tweets. The offensive line is a sieve.
Let’s indulge in their offensive ineptitude.
Detroit Lions at Titans – Speaking of our new favorite targets, they play a Lions defense that didn’t look half bad Sunday night against the 49ers, despite missing three of four starters in the secondary. Detroit got decent push up front against a stout San Francisco offensive line – enough to expect the Lions front four to have poor Locker on the run early and often in their Week 3 match up. The Lions are expecting at least one of their injured secondary starters to return against Tennessee. That’s good news for streamers, if you can get your hands on the Detroit defense. They’re owned in 89 percent of NFL.com leagues.
Miami Dolphins vs. Jets – I’ll continue to recommend the Dolphins in this space as long as their front seven continues to be a black hole of fantasy death for all running backs who dare broach its borders. The Fins’ big men went toe to toe with the Texans run blocking machine and held Arian Foster to three yard per carry. In Week 2, the Dolphins held Darren McFadden to two measly yards per tote. The Dolphins, in fact, have held their two opponents to 2.2 yards per carry. The sample size is small, but noteworthy, I think. Miami sports a burnable secondary, but against the Jets’ middling pass attack – if you can even call it that – I expect the Fish to stifle Mark Sanchez and whoever is taking carries for New York. This match up is a streamer’s dream. The Dolphins defense is available in 98 percent of NFL.com leagues.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Jaguars – When scouring the waiver wire for a streaming defense today, remember one stat over all others: The Jags held the ball for less than 17 minutes Sunday against the Texans, gaining a grand whopping total of 117 yards. That’s remarkable, even for an inept offense. To compound Jacksonville’s offensive agony, their fearless hippy-haired leader, Blaine Gabbert, is scheduled for an MRI on his hamstring and toe, and looks somewhat questionable to face Indy and the anti-Gabbert, Andrew Luck. The Colts defense, missing Dwight Freeney against the Vikings in Week 2, played admirably, keeping Minnesota’s two weapons, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, in check. In a home game with Chad Henne under center, I expect that Colts to reap the benefits of a nightmarish offense led by a backup to one of the worst starters in the league. Play the Colts even if Freeney can’t suit up. Let the horrific GabbertHenneMonster wash over you.
A note to those not as fond of streaming: I made the mistake this week of dumping the Seahawks defense for the Bengals, who posted decent numbers against the suddenly resurgent Brownies, but scored only half of what the Seabiscuits tallied against Dallas. Seattle, only owned in 40 percent of NFL.com leagues, is clearly among the league’s elite units. Even against Green Bay next Monday night, Seattle is a nice defensive play.