Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 5
October 3, 2014 | C.D. Carter
Here is our Week 5 DFS Cheat Sheet with picks for FanDuel, Draftkings, DraftDay and Fantasy Elite
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Thursday night’s nationally televised annihilation was just another wonderful exhibit in why, in streaming defenses, we target historically inaccurate (terrible) quarterbacks who will likely have to fling the rock all over the field.
Christian Ponder transformed the Green Bay Packers’ defense into a top-2 Week 5 play when he was installed as the Vikings’ starter in the hours before Thursday Night Football kicked off. I tweeted my feelings on the Green Bay upgrade a couple hours before kickoff, and I hope you were able to plug in the Packers wherever you could.
Ponder has a career 59 percent completion rate, which, in case you forgot, is Chad Henne-esque.
He was even more inaccurate in his spot start against Green Bay, completing just 50 percent of his throws and tossing two interceptions along the way. No matter how you feel about a particular defense, just know that their ceiling is unarguably high when a bad signal caller is going to have to throw and throw and throw some more.
My Week 5 defensive rankings are here, and my Week 5 Streaming Scores can be found here. Below are three updated tidbits that could change your mind about which defense who choose to stream this Sunday.
* I missed out on the Packers’ defense in a couple leagues in which I have the Chargers’ defense rostered. I know Green Bay posted a 20-spot for fantasy footballers on Thursday night, but I think San Diego could do the same or better. Why? It’s simple: Geno Smith is the quarterback we want throwing the ball in catchup mode, especially when Gang Green is an underdog. Geno is a total and utter disaster in Jets’ losses, averaging an astounding 1.9 interceptions and .3 touchdowns per game. I don’t see any reason the white-hot Chargers’ offense can’t build a healthy lead against a porous New York secondary, meaning Geno will have to chuck it. I wouldn’t blame you for playing the Chargers over the Seahawks this week.
* I’ve gotten quite a few questions this week about whether it’s time to drop the Panthers’ defense and stream the position. My answer is the same today as it would’ve been three weeks ago: yes. If you drafted Carolina’s defense in August, you did so hoping they’d repeat something close to their 2013 performance, when they were fantasy’s No. 2 defense — 10 points behind Seattle. Only three fantasy defenses have fewer points than Carolina after four weeks, and they’re slated to take on Marc Trestman’s machine this week. Cut Carolina and let someone else dream of their 2013 defensive dominance.
* A lot of fantasy owners seem to be chomping at the bit to stream the Browns’ defense against the Titans this week. I get it: Jake Locker is a turnover machine and he might still be injured. Cleveland’s defense, however good they were supposed to be under Mike Pettine, have posted horrendous fantasy numbers through the season’s first month. They’ve forced four turnovers so far — not a terrible total — but the Browns are giving up unholy point totals. Opponents have averaged 25.7 points against the Browns, with the Steelers dropping 30 on them in their only road game so far (they play at Tennessee in Week 5). The Rotoviz Streaming D app, for whatever it’s worth, has Cleveland pegged as a top-10 option against the Titans, who are giving up nine fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, when adjusted for strength of schedule. I’m backing off the Browns because I think they have a scary floor.