Dreaming of Streaming: Week 13 Edition November 26, 2012  |  C.D. Carter

We should all, as civilized, decent people, buy Ryan Lindley jerseys this week.

It’s the least we can do.

It was the Cardinals’ rookie quarterback, after all, who saved us from ourselves in Week 12, as our fantasy studs floundered and the clock ticked down on one of the most critical fake football weeks of the calendar year.

It was Lindley, that scraggly goateed goofball of a signal caller, who tossed not one, but two interceptions for touchdowns to no one’s favorite person, Rams’ cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The Rams’ defense stockpiled four picks – and two more that should’ve been intercepted – on their way to a tidy little 23 fantasy points, making them the week’s second highest-scoring defense, behind the Patriots. We doubled down on the Rams’ defense after a heinous Week 12 showing and it paid off in untold fantasy happiness that surely filled the gaping void in your various lives.

Lindley, by the bye, threw 52 passes against St. Louis, or 27 more attempts than Aaron Rodgers made on Sunday night. That makes sense because, you know, Whisenhunt.

This streaming thing ain’t so bad, even if the Chiefs managed to looked semi-functional against a Broncos’ defense that had devoured its opponents for damn near a month.

For those of you blessed with the everlasting luxury of deep fantasy benches, it’s especially important to grab a dreamy Week 14 streamer right now in preparation for most leagues’ first playoff games. Here are a few defenses I’m eying in my various pretend football leagues. All have prime matchups against turnover-prone teams at home, and God almighty, how I love the Brownies against Brian Daboll’s Frankenstein.


Week 14

Cleveland Browns vs. Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chargers

Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Eagles

St. Louis Rams at Bills


Now here are the two best Week 13 streaming options. My full Week 13 rankings will be here on Wednesday morning.

New York Jets vs. Cardinals – While you’re dropping Fireman Ed to waivers in all formats, you might get a little use out of Gang Green’s occasionally decent defense this week. They’re next in the Ryan Lindley Sweepstakes. And fret not – if you thought Arizona headman Ken Whisenhunt was going to bench his floundering rookie, he won’t. This is the gridiron equivalent of jihad.

New York, before the Patriots shat on them like you poor commode on Thanksgiving night, were forcing pretty regular turnovers, collecting four fumbles and a pick in Weeks 10 and 11. The Jets also racked up five sacks in those games.

I think the Jets have one of the highest fantasy floors in Week 13 – even if Lindley looks like a passable quarterback, as he did during most of the first half against St. Louis, the turnovers will come. Antonio Cromartie has proven a shutdown corner for much of this season, so I expect him to take away the late, great Larry Fitzgerald and force Lindley to explore other options.

The Cardinals have given up the fourth most turnovers in the NFC this year. Slip on your sparkling new Lindley jersey, play the Jets’ defense, and let the Arizona rookie wash over you.

Carolina Panthers at Chiefs – The Panthers on Monday night were exposed a borderline terrible defense against Philadelphia’s second team superstars, Nick Foles and Bryce Brown. Still, they forced three turnovers and recorded a sack, helping streamers gimp to victory, maybe.

It’s a story as old as time: The Chiefs’ offense spreads around turnovers for everyone, all the time. They are turnover Marxists, in that way. “From each according to his ability, except Jamaal Charles,” Brian Daboll is fond of saying, “to each according to Brady Quinn.”

Kansas City has turned over the football 32 times this year, and while the Panthers’ aggressive secondary is highly burnable, Quinn isn’t going to burn anyone. Seriously, he’s afraid of fire. So don’t worry. Carolina’s defense is owned in just 7 percent of NFL.com leagues, and a mere 9 percent of ESPN.com leagues.

They’ll be a top-10 option come Sunday.

Again, here are my Week 13 rankings, which are subject to change on Friday. Remember: streaming defenses doesn’t mean we sit more reliable, consistent options. I’ll hire someone to punch you in the kidney if you bench any one of these defenses: Patriots, 49ers, Bears, Seahawks, and the Packers.

Until next week, #LongLiveLindley.

18 Responses

  1. ThomasJ says:

    Like NE match ups this week and week 16 (JAX) not liking week 14 and 15 (HOU and SF) looking ahead who do you like week 14: PIT vs SD CLE vs KC or MIN vs CHI and Week 15:MIA vs JAC CIN @ PHI DET @ ARI SD vs CAR or MIN @ STL


    • C.D. Carter says:

      I don’t think the Pats’ game against Houston is all that bad a matchup, actually. But go with your gut, as always. I love the Brownies at home against KC — go with them.

  2. Brian says:

    I just picked up the Steelers and Jets. I also have the Cards. Which two should I keep for the playoff run? in our league, playoff rosters are locked so can’t stream defenses. Thanks man.

    • C.D. Carter says:

      That’s tough. If forced to choose, I’d roll with the Jets and hope the offense doesn’t put the defense in too much peril. They have some prime matchups down the stretch.

  3. Brad Graham says:

    Why so high on the Packers (“I’ll hire someone to punch you in the kidney”). I also would have thunk the Cowboys (v. Eagles) would have been higher.

    • C.D. Carter says:

      I love the Packers at home vs. a Percy-less Minnesota team. I expect Peterson to have his way with the Packers, but I think it’s safe to bank on some turnover action from Ponder, who couldn’t crack 200 yards last week after throwing it 45 times.

  4. Ian says:

    Ravens as the #18 DST this week, when they are up against the Charlie Batch Experience? Please let me know what brand of glue it is you are huffing so that I can pick up a case when I go to Costco this weekend.

  5. gooty says:

    I’d also like to know which defense you like in week 15. I’ve already clinched my bye in the first week of the playoffs, so I figured I’d go ahead and pick up my defense.

    • C.D. Carter says:

      Congrats on your playoff berth. I’d look to the following Week 15 defenses, in this order: Begals, Broncos, Raiders.

      • Pat says:

        You like the Begals in week 15? I had no idea there was a team that featured a hound dog. They might have to be my new favorite…

  6. ryan says:

    GB let me down big last week..not sure if i can start them again..might go with Clev or NYJ.

  7. AdamH says:

    I know your love for the SD defense in week 16. Who are your favorite targets for week 15?

    • C.D. Carter says:

      My Week 11 Dreaming of Streaming piece has a pretty detailed playoff plan, if you’d like to check it out.

      • AdamH says:

        Yeah, I remembered that article and found it this morning. No clear cut choices but looks like Fins v Jags, Raider v Chiefs, and Titans v Jets. Those still sound good to you? I’ve locked up 2 playoff spots with a good shot at 1st round bye, so I can get a good step up for the playoffs.

  8. Jermichael says:

    14 Team PPR: I need to start 2 more WRs: Crabtree, Garcon, Alexander, Britt or Sanu. Charles or Michael Bush this week?

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