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Dreaming of Streaming: Week 9 Edition

posted by C.D. Carter

I have anecdotal evidence that makes me believe many of you could not or would not use the Cardinals’ defense as your Week 8 dreamy streamer.

Good for you, dear reader. Good for you. To those who rolled with the Cardinals: Please berate me on Twitter.

It seems many of you took my secondary suggestion, the Dolphins, who massacred the Jets to the lovely little tune of 21 fantasy points last week. Arizona, on the other hand, proved a lifeless, heartless corpse against a 49ers team that simply toyed with them from start to finish. The Cardinals collected four sacks, but couldn’t force a turnover — didn’t come all that close, really — and were continually mauled by the rabid animals on the San Francisco offensive line.

Let’s try this again. I’ve included my two favorite streaming options — units I’m using in all leagues in Week 9 — along with no-brainer plays at the bottom of this week’s entries.

San Diego Chargers vs. Chiefs – Whatever the Chargers’ myriad issues — and there are many — the defense has not been one. Norv Turner’s offense, like an discombobulated unit, has often put the defense in unenviable situations, explaining, in part, why San Diego has allowed more than 20 points in four of its past five contests.

Now for the good news: Romeo Crennel and his hilarious hodgepodge of hopeless halfwits are stumbling into San Diego this week, bemoaning the loss of the King of Bros, Brady Quinn, and wondering if Shaun Draughn can be their foundation back while Jamaal Charles plays a little punt protector. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s creepy Peyton Hillis fetish and borderline obsession with Dexter McCluster has been good news for opposing defenses.

As I’m apt to say, let Brian Daboll wash over you.

The Chargers sport the league’s 10th ranked defense, giving up a paltry 5.3 yards per play and the eighth fewest average points per game. The secondary has been whipped by the likes of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, both of whom are seen as just marginally better than the Chiefs’ begrudged starter, Matt Cassel.

San Diego pitched a shutout last week against the Browns after Cleveland marched down the field for a touchdown late in the first quarter (the game was a total slopfest, I grant you). The Chargers poured it on against the Chiefs in Week 4, totaling 20 fantasy points with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and a touchdown. There’s no reason to expect much different on Thursday night.

Miami Dolphins at Colts – My broken record continues to spin. The Dolphins’ defense, despite a secondary that resembles swiss cheese more every week, has averaged 12.9 fantasy points per game over the past month, including Week 8’s demolition of the Jets.

Miami hasn’t given up more than 13 points since Week 4. And in case you haven’t noticed, Andrew Luck has looked like, well, a rookie during large swaths of the past few weeks. Luck has one touchdown toss — a miracle overtime score courtesy of Vick Ballard’s Neo imitation — over the past three games. And the Colts’ running game continues to sputter along, with the offensive line getting no push against opposing fronts. Going against the Dolphins’ fierce front seven won’t cure any of those ills.

Somehow, Miami is owned in 15 percent of ESPN leagues. Go ahead and right that wrong.

Here are Week 9’s no-brainer defensive plays (teams I would use over the Dolphins and Chargers): Steelers, Giants, Seahawks, Texans, Packers, and Bears.

24 Comments

  • Rudolph or Olsen till AHern gets back?

  • Would you drop the Vikings D for the Chargers?

    • Yes, do that. The Vikings have a few very tough matchups coming up.

  • 12 Team PPR: Is it worth rostering Garcon or Jennings? Thinking about the playoffs….6-2, pretty solid team….

  • 12 Team PPR: Do you think Joique Bell is worth rostering over Shane Vereen?

  • Drop Britt for Shorts ?! Dont have anyone to drop :(

    Mendy/Dweyr/MJD/49rs are burning my slots :-\

    • Also have Tate backing up Foster… Thinking about drop him for SHorts due all his injuries…

  • Why u dont like Broncos vs Bengals this week ?!

    Should i grab Giants over them ?!

    Rudolph or Olsen ROS ?!

    Should I trade Wallace for H.Miller + (T. Smith or Titus) ?!

    Or should I stick with Wallace + (Rudolph or Olsen) ?!

    Tks!

    • Broncos aren’t the worst play, but they’ve been lit up by mediocre offenses at times this year, so I’d stay away. Play Olsen over Rudy this week. Stick with Wallace.

  • Yeah tough spot this week…havent been carrying a backup qb cuz i got brady and everyone holds on to a backup QB in a 12 team 1 starting QB league so im left with the amazing prospects of matt moore (or tannehil), ponder, wilson, cassel, hasselbeck, gabbert, or skelton….im just looking to get a decent play out of QB best option?

    • Damn. That’s ugly. If Carson Palmer is unavailable this week, I’d have to go with Matt Moore/Tannehill, I think. The Colts’ secondary can be gashed. Whether the Fins can do that is a major question, but the other options are disastrous, I think.

  • With the injuries, you still feel strongly about the Packers Defense?

    • Yes. Arizona’s offense is toothless, no matter who is behind center.

  • Hey C.D….a little loner-term question here, but I’m looking at picking up a defense for the next few weeks at least (I’m currently riding ARI, but I’m scared of GB this week, bye next week, and ATL the week after that). DEN, MIA, and SD are all available in my league…who do you like best for the next 3-4 weeks? Thanks!

    • FYI, probably wouldn’t need to drop ARI to get one of the other DEF either.

    • I think Arizona showed that they’re highly exploitable, especially against physical teams. I’d be fine with dumping Zona right now and streaming. I wouldn’t think of playing them against the Packers this week — I’d go with Miami or SD. I shy away from long-term projections because I take defensive plays a week at a time. It doesn’t hurt to look ahead, of course.

  • How are the Steelers and Giants no-brainer plays this week compared to Miami and SD? Neither opposing offense is yielding much in the way of fantasy points to opposing defenses.

    Pitt D had a solid effort against RGIII in a rainy/windy game that featured 10 dropped balls from Wash WRs…and it still didn’t translate to fantasy points for Pitt D…they’ve been punchless on that front all season (bottom tier in sacks and turnovers). Just like NYJ and Baltimore, this year’s Pitt D ain’t what it used to be.

    NYG D had a fantasy feast at Dallas last week (and still managed to let Dallas make it a game) but I don’t expect that kind of ineptitude (4 ints including a pick 6) from Pitt’s offense next week. Big Ben will be the best passing QB they’ve faced all year (which isn’t saying a ton).

    SD will have a field day hosting KC (I’m a KC fan and have watched every painful snap of that pathetic offense). Miami is turning it on lately and you make a good case for them. If it was a preseason draft I’d probably take NYG but I wouldn’t call NYG vs. Pitt a no-brainer over Mia @ Indy this week…

    And for the rest of the season, with a stretch run that includes an upcoming bye followed by matchups against GB, NO, and ATL, I’m considering (dreaming of?) dropping NYG D outright and streaming the rest of the way…thoughts?

    • You wrote more than I did, Thundertim. I understand the Steelers’ defense isn’t the impenetrable force it once was, but I’d still play them over the Dolphins and Chargers, who are more than burnable if things break the wrong way.
      And yes, I think it’s perfectly fine to ditch NYG for the stretch run and stream defenses. That’s what this column is all about. Thanks for reading.

      • Haha, thanks. I look forward to your column each week.

  • Would you trade Freeman/DMC for Lesean McCoy?

    • I wouldn’t. DMC has a cake schedule on tap.

  • Can you rank these flex plays for this week?

    Murray, Stewart, Antonio Brown, Denarius Moore

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