It seems like just yesterday that our collective degenerate mind began its plotting and scheming for the fantasy football playoffs.
Now we’re here, and there’s hardly any planning left.
Perhaps the best part of making defensive streaming plans for the fantasy postseason is that four or six or eight weeks ago, our projections were much less certain than they are today. The Jets, for example, have emerged as our primary streaming target, while our beloved Jacksonville Jaguars have burned those who have continued to target Chad Henne and company over the past month.
The below chart is most important for those on bye weeks to start the fantasy playoffs. It’s you monsters of the fake midway who have the luxury of kicking back, not worrying about Week 14, and getting your pretend roster in tip-top shape for Week 15.
Here are optimal streaming options for Weeks 15 and 16, based on my analysis and a little help from the rotoViz streaming D app.
|Week 15||Week 16|
|Philadelphia Eagles (at MIN)||Cleveland Browns (at NYJ)|
|Buffalo Bills (at JAC)||Detroit Lions (vs. NYG)|
|Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU)||Tennessee Titans (at JAC)|
|New Orleans Saints (at STL)||Denver Broncos (at HOU)|
|Chiefs at Washington||45|
|Patriots vs. Browns||45|
|Colts at Bengals||44|
|Panthers at Saints||46|
|Raiders at Jets||40.5|
|Vikings at Ravens||43|
|Lions at Eagles||54|
|Bills at Buccaneers||43|
|Titans at Broncos||49.5|
|Dolphins at Steelers||43|
|Giants at Chargers||47.5|
|Cardinals vs. Rams||41.5|
|Seahawks at 49ers||41|
** That Raiders-Jets projection is a sight to behold. The week’s lowest over-under makes the Jets and Raiders streaming options for this first week of the fantasy playoffs, though Oakland is the much preferred option. We’d do well to remember that the Raiders have allowed at least seven fantasy points to fantasy defenses six times this season, and enemy defenses have had outings of 26, 22 and 18 points against Oakland’s offense.
** Vegas expects the Cardinals and Rams to put on something less than an offensive display this Sunday. St. Louis’ offense is shockingly stingy against defenses, allowing a putrid nine total fantasy points to their past five opponents. Credit the Rams for hiding Kellen Clemens, who appeared at first to be a godsend for defensive streamers of every stripe. The Rams are the preferred defensive play in this one.
** I’ve seen quite a bit of love for the Eagles’ defense, and for good reason: the team’s front seven has harassed the quarterback in recent weeks and the once sieve-like secondary has done something to stop the bleeding. I’d still back far, far away from the Eagles’ defense against a Lions offense averaging 424.5 yards per game — second only to Peyton’s Perfect Machine.