Spoiler Alert: The Raiders Suck
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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 DEFs who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best 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 (with 0.5 points-per-reception).
Streaming in Week One? Damn straight.
Long-time “Stream Pies” followers know how I feel about drafting and rolling with one kicker or defense all season: it’s foolish. The people who owned the Bears last year may disagree, but that was an aberration. No way a defense translates turnovers into TDs at the same rate in 2013, not in a pass-friendly era where defensive backs are restricted to playing touch football with opposing WRs.
If you look at the top fantasy defenses and kickers year-to-year, the ranks undergo more facelifts Mickey Rourke. Mason Crosby was the top kicker entering 2012 and he finished 15th. The Steelers were drafted as a weekly starter by many owners last year, but they sucked ass and were outplayed by the likes of Miami and Buffalo.
The point is, if you are trying to maximize every ounce out of your roster, you need to stream at the DEF and K positions (Week One or not).
More after the jump:
Team Defense (DEF) Recommendations
Week One Recommendations
1 - Indianapolis Colts vs. OAK
This is based purely on the fact that the Raiders will probably be the worst team in football this season. The Colts aren’t an exciting defense from a fantasy perspective, but they should own the Raiders in their home opener.
2 - Kansas City Chiefs @JAC
Yeah the Jaguars are easy to pick on, but this is just as much about the defense itself as it is about the opponent. The key is their defensive line. It looks like they can be a very good run blocking unit this year, and that strength should suit them well this week with Blaine Gabbert on the other side of the ball.
3 - Cleveland Browns vs. MIA
The Dolphins have some intrigue in their lineup, but I don’t expect them to be a quality offense from jump street. Ryan Tannehill is still learning the QB position, Mike Wallace is a one-dimensional WR trying to make the often difficult transition to a new offense, and the RB position is going to involve Daniel “What am I doing on an NFL roster?” Thomas. The Browns generated 29 turnovers last year and their defense, although unheralded, should be a solid stream option some weeks this season.
Week One Recommendations
1 - Greg Zuerlein vs. STL
2 - Graham Gano vs. SEA