Dreaming of Streaming Week 3: Advice from Vegas
September 21, 2013 | C.D. Carter
Week 3 is shaping up as the most wonderful time of year for those of us who stream our defenses.
I can’t remember a week teeming with streaming options like we have this week with the Vikings, Giants, Jets, Bills, Dolphins — even the Saints against Arizona’s Swiss cheese offensive line.
Here are my Week 3 defensive rankings, which I’ve tweaked since first posting Wednesday afternoon. I’ve seen a lot of fantasy ballers fretting over which defense to stream, as many of the above options are available on the wire. I wouldn’t fret too terribly much about it. They’re all solid options.
Let’s see what the Vegas odds makers say about which games to target, and which to avoid in Week 3.
|Chargers at Titans||44|
|Browns at Vikings||41|
|Bucs at Patriots||44.5|
|Texans at Ravens||45|
|Rams at Cowboys||47|
|Cardinals at Saints||48.5|
|Lions at Washington||49|
|Packers at Bengals||58|
|Giants at Panthers||45.5|
|Falcons at Dolphins||44|
|Colts at 49ers||46|
|Jaguars at Seahawks||40.5|
|Bills at Jets||39|
|Bears at Steelers||40|
|Raiders at Broncos||49.5|
- It’s official: I’m sleeping on the Dolphins’ defense. Miami, led by the vicious Cameron Wake, has collected nine sacks and four interceptions over two weeks. They finished as fantasy’s No. 19 defense in Week 2 after posting top-3 numbers in Week 1 against Cleveland. Atlanta’s offensive line is a serious liability, especially against a ferocious front seven at home. This isn’t shaping up as anything close to a shootout — good news for those streaming Miami’s defense. I have them as a top-10 option.
- The Vikings’ defense, which I bumped from No. 3 to No. 2 upon the news of the Browns’ mailing in the season, is playing in the second lowest scoring game of the week, according to Vegas. Minnesota faces a Browns’ offensive line that ranks 22nd in run blocking and dead last in pass blocking. I could see Brian Hoyer and Josh Gordon racking up some garbage time yardage, but this game’s low over-under is further confirmation that in the Vikings we have a rare top-tier streamer.
- Take a look at that lovely over-under for the Jets-Bills contest and do your customized happy dance if you’re streaming either unit. I side with New York as a superior streaming option in this one: they’re at home, they have the top-rated run defense through two weeks (per Pro Football Focus), and while their pass coverage is a defensive liability, I don’t see Buffalo as an offense that can exploit that weakness. Tom Brady didn’t exactly slice and dice Gang Green’s secondary, if you’ll remember.
- I’ve seen more than a few Twitter questions begging for affirmation of their decision to roll with Detroit’s defense against Washington. Step away, drop the Lions’ defense, and never look back. Points will be scored in bunches in that game. Please be sure not to invest in either defensive side of this matchup. If you don’t believe me, listen to Vegas.