The Gift Of Facing Gabbert
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At “Stream Pies,” we are serving up gooey loads of knowledge. Here, we’ll provide invaluable streaming advice on kickers and DEF teams who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best option to “least-best” option (with the strongest recommendations starting at the top).We also include last week’s suggestions and full season results. Points are based on default Yahoo! settings.
Last year in “Stream Pies,” we offered up DEF recommendations that, as a whole, averaged enough points to be worth starting every week in 12-team leagues. We also ushered in the Jason Hanson era and got you all on the Dan Bailey train. This year? We’re dreaming big.
While “Stream Pies” was able to prove that you do not need to stubbornly draft and stick with a kicker or DEF all season, we plan on taking it one step further. The goal is to show our readers that you would have to be a goddamn fool to stick by just one kicker or DEF all season.
You see, kickers and DEF are the red-headed stepchildren of fantasy football rosters. Owners don’t think about them and most of the time could care less about what these ragamuffins do on a weekly basis. The last thing they want to do is monitor these unwanted seeds and squeeze the most out of them. However, that thinking is shortsighted. What people don’t understand is that giving just a little bit of care to these dumpster babies can give an extra edge of 10 or more points per week. Don’t look at it as “caring” for your unwanted stepchildren, but rather “using” them to get that government money (or in this case, fantasy points) and stay ahead of the curve.
We are so confident in our ability to earn you more points from your DEF and kicker, that we are starting “Stream Pies” in Week One this season, just so you can see for yourself that a DEF or kicker that no one in your league owns will actually outperform what you drafted in the very first set of games.
So without further ado, it’s time to put in work. More after the jump:
Team Defense (DEF) Recommendations
Week One Recommendations
1 - Minnesota Vikings vs. JAC
The Vikes aren’t the stout run defense they were years ago, but they still have the personnel to be an effective unit, especially when facing weak QBs. Minnesota can go ahead and stack the box all they like with Blaine Gabbert under center, and the pressure they will bring to the pocket should lead to some sacks and turnovers. Maurice Jones-Drew will have a limited role in Week One, and while Rashad Jennings is a nice player, he isn’t dynamic enough to overcome a Vikings defense that will be loading up the box. This is a beautiful matchup for Minnesota that fantasy owners should not ignore.
2 - New Orleans vs. WAS
Forget about the key missing defensive pieces that were shed in the wake of “Bounty Gate.” The Saints are at home against a rookie QB and a very banged up running game... sold. Though New Orleans’ linebacker corps is hurting, they still have enough playmakers to wreak havoc at home. Plus, let’s not forget that new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is very creative and will likely have some tricks up his sleeve for first-year signal caller Robert Griffin III. While RGIII is an exciting player, he has an injury-ravaged RB corps supporting the offense and will be under a ton of pressure in his first NFL game at hostile Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Week One Recommendations
1 - Steven Hauschka @ARI
Have to love kickers playing in a dome, especially when they are facing a crappy team who should give up plenty of scoring opportunities.
2 - Justin Tucker vs. CIN
Though rookie kickers can sometimes crumble in a big spot, Tucker is worth taking a chance on. He’s got a strong leg (he booted a 53 yarder against the Jaguars in the preseason) and should see a solid number of FG opportunities as the Bengals’ defense is good enough to keep Baltimore from reaching the red zone at will.