Dreaming of Streaming: Week 8 Edition October 22, 2012  |  C.D. Carter

I felt your pain, heard your cries of agony, felt the sting of your varied and lewd curses. From my humble home in suburban Maryland, where I sat with a mouthful of sunflower seeds and watched the Jaguars dismantle the Raiders’ defense, I cried with you.

Oakland’s offense and special teams kept the team’s defense with their backs plastered to the proverbial wall. Even Jacksonville – sans Maurice Jones-Drew – can put up points when you hand them the pigskin inside your own thirty yard line.

So yeah, the Raiders’ defense as your dreamy Week 7 streamers didn’t work out. It’s the first true streaming debacle of 2012, and I attribute it – at least in part – to forgetting to pay my monthly fee to the Dark Lord himself, who informs my fake football decisions.

Let’s try again, this time with someone – anyone – but Oakland. And yes, this team is owned in quite a few leagues, but after being mowed over by the Vikings last week, I expect a lot of owners to ditch them with great haste in the next couple days.

Arizona Cardinals vs. 49ers – Images of Frank Gore gashing the vaunted Seabeagles’ defense last Thursday night are still dancing in your sick little head, I know. If the Niners ran wild for 175 yards against Seattle, the league’s sixth ranked run defense, what will they do to the Cardinals, who are giving up 120 yards on the ground per contest? That’s part of the risk we take when we stream defenses instead of rolling with elite yardage repellants every week from September through December

The Seabags, however, didn’t concede big chunks of wide open green space to Gore until late in the second half. Seattle’s fearsome front seven appeared gassed after so much time on the field, and San Francisco took advantage. Good for them. Seattle also largely refused to crowd the line of scrimmage and force Alex Smith to beat them – a worthwhile recipe to anyone who has watched Smith struggle for two weeks. On Monday Night Football, on their home field, with emerging shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson taking away half the field against the 49ers’ recently lackluster receiving corpse, I expect Arizona to force the issue – to sell out and at least limit the 49ers’ run game.

With streaming defenses though, we look for more than just three and outs (although I would’ve taken a few of those from the Raiders last week). The Cardinals defense is what we like to call opportunistic, meaning, of course, they intercept passes and recover fumbles and such. Arizona has forced seven fumbles and eight picks this season, including one returned for a score. The Cardinals’ fat guys have sacked opposing quarterbacks 22 times, just two fewer than league leader Green Bay.

The Cards sport the fourth best scoring defense, allowing less than 17 points a game.

The 49ers, under their current ultra conservative play-calling regime, won’t give up the pigskin all that often, but I still see the Cardinals as a fine and/or dandy Week 8 streaming play.

Arizona is owned in about half of NFL.com leagues and 85 percent of ESPN.com leagues.

I realize that’s quite a few ESPN leagues, so here are some fine streaming alternatives if the Cardinals are owned in your league: The Dolphins, coming off a bye and playing the Jets, and the Patriots, who racked up fake football points last week and could continue the fantasy goodness against the offensively challenged Rams.

And finally, here are no brainer fantasy defense starts for Week 8: Giants, Cowboys, Bears, 49ers, Falcons, and Packers.

26 Responses

  1. Zandercage says:

    Been streaming all year and not getting the results I did last year. You like any of these these DSTs for rest of season – PIT (who I have now), CLE, STL, SD, MIA, or CIN?


    • C.D. Carter says:

      I’d still play match ups, even if I had an elite defense. If forced to choose one of those for every-week play, I’d lean toward the Steelers, especially when they’re at home.

  2. Rob says:

    I will make this as short as possible. 2RB – one flex league. Have Rice/Foster and was using Benson as a backup/flex. So, I need serious help now with Rice/Foster on byes and my only other RB being Ballard. This week being most important, but also going forward, can you rank these PLEASE?

    Stewart, Jennings, Hardesty, Harper, Hunter & Dwyer


    • C.D. Carter says:

      Rice and Foster? You’re a wizard, or you’re in a 2-team league. I’d go this way ROS: Stewart, Jennings, Hunter, Hardesty and Dwyer. Dwyer, btw, only has value when Mendenhall and Redman are out.

  3. Ghost says:

    probably ending up with Jennings if so should i package him + dez to the MJD owner for Roddy White in return? Fair Offer?

    ATL, MIA, DAL, DET or OAK to fill in my defensive hole left by HOU being on a bye?

  4. marcus says:

    defense on bye week: who should I pick up? oakland, cleveland, miami or san diego? thoughts please? thanks!

  5. Matt says:

    Thoughts on the Vikings defense at home on a short week? Also, I have S-Jax as my #3 RB. Should I be selling after a couple of decent weeks based on the Rams’ schedule? Any chance the Rams trade him before the deadline? Thanks

  6. phil says:

    Need 2 mccoy, dmc or mathews nppr?

  7. mt says:

    trade spiller, dez, garcon and ponder for cam and calvin?yes…?

  8. Marq says:

    As a struggling stafford owner, is it better to stand pat or pick up a Freeman or Weeden and play them until Staff plays better?

  9. Jacen says:

    Trade thoughts: I give DMC, I get Gates and Denarius Moore. My TE is Pettigrew/Celek, RBs Murray, Ridley, Mendy, Felix, Pierre Thomas…

  10. Rumpelstiltskin says:

    Hello! For ROS, in a non-PPR who would you rather possess: Randall Cobb or Denarius Moore?

  11. Cory says:

    ROS: Rashad Jennings or BJGE in a 1PPR?

  12. Brandon says:

    do you like Britt or Denarius this week in the flex?

  13. Sean says:

    What’s your opinion on the Seahawks DEF this week against the Lions?

    • C.D. Carter says:

      Seabeagles are a great play any week, but especially against the most out of synch offense in the NFL. Start them with supreme confidence.

  14. Manuel says:

    I have been holding onto the Giants D for the past 3 weeks and got huge dividends in 2 out of 3 games. But I see a lot of experts saying this week’s game will be a shootout, is it safe to keep the Giants D then?

    • C.D. Carter says:

      I would play the Giants defense with quite a bit of confidence this week. The game might be relatively high scoring, but expect a turnover or three.

  15. Cheese says:

    I’m in a 16 team keeper league, currently 4-3, start 2 QBs, and I’m looking at making a keeper trade that will acquire one of the 2 packages.

    I can either get Brady, or I can get Rivers and Reggie Bush.

    I would slot Reggie Bush into my flex. Essentially the deal comes down to me starting either…

    Brady and Givens/Ben Tate
    Rivers and Reggie Bush

    Which move is better for my team?

  16. y4rivera says:

    Since you like Arizona does that knock Gore down? I was thinking of rolling with him in Fanduel. Should I stay away?

  17. Plainview says:

    Cardinals or Giants DST?

    • C.D. Carter says:

      Giants. Just fyi, the no-brainer picks at the bottom of each streaming article are recommended plays over my dreamy streamer for the week.

  18. Grover says:

    Why are the Cowboys a no brainer start for Week 8?

    • C.D. Carter says:

      Dallas is playing at home. They’re the league’s fourth-ranked defense, allowing less than 300 total yards per game, including 186 yards through the air. If you have them, you start them. Nothing about the Giants makes me think the Cowboys are a risky defensive play.

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