Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 4
September 26, 2014 | C.D. Carter
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Clipboard Jesus, in all his beardy holiness, could change the landscape of defensive streaming in Week 4.
Charlie Whitehurst, as he’s more commonly known, could very well start for the Titans this week as they visit a Colts’ defense that isn’t all that good, but has feasted on lowly offenses in the season’s early going. Jake Locker, whose wrist was noticeably swollen during Wednesday and Thursday practices, is in danger of missing Week 4. Whitehurst, somehow, is worse than Locker.
This plays right into our goal of streaming defenses against inaccurate quarterbacks who will be forced to throw a lot as their offense enters catchup mode. Whitehurst has a career completion rate of 54.2 percent — a lowly number indeed — and a propensity to hold on to the football and absorb quite a few sacks. He’ll be a gift from the streaming gods if Locker in fact misses the Week 4 tilt in Indianapolis.
The Colts would instantly become a top-3 unit. I have them ranked as a top-5 option with Locker at the helm for Tennessee. Indy already has one of the week’s best Streaming Scores, so if you grabbed them off the waiver wire, go ahead and play them with confidence.
Below are some last-minute news and notes about the week’s best defensive streaming options.
* I’ve seen quite a few people on Twitter salivating at the prospect of using the Carolina or Baltimore defense in what is sure to be defensive slug fest with a little bit of Steve Smith yelling and screaming and telling people to “Ice up, son,” after nine-yard receptions on second and 10. The low over-under of 41 — the third lowest projected total for Week 4 — is appealing on some level, but if you’re looking for turnovers and sacks, probably you should look elsewhere. The Ravens are allowing two points per game to opposing defenses, while defenses are notching an average of 5.8 fantasy points against the Panthers. Perhaps these squads have high floors, but I want much more ceiling in my streaming defense. If I had to play one of these defenses, it would certainly be Baltimore.
* In talking up the Raiders’ shockingly high Streaming Score, I forgot to mention that the Dolphins are giving up the fourth-most fantasy production to opposing defenses through three weeks. That might not mean a whole lot with such a tiny sample size, but I think there’s more to it than that: Miami’s offensive line is barely average in both run and pass blocking, according to Pro Football Focus grades. And don’t forget that this game — played in London — is projected to be the week’s lowest scoring affair. I really like Oakland as an option for daily fantasy tournaments and those in very deep leagues.
* Stop thinking about using the Chiefs’ defense on Monday night against New England. Yes, they’re at home, and yes, it’s Monday night and we know Kansas City will be motivated to turn around a season on the verge of dumpster fire status, but that secondary terrifies me to my core. The Chiefs, even after shutting down Ryan Tannehill a week ago, is allowing 239 yards and two touchdowns through the air after three weeks. This while Rob Gronkowski is set to ramp up his snaps and routes. Oh, and this: Vegas projects the Pats to score 24.25 points on Monday night. Stay away.