Fantasy Football Lineup Strategy: Week 7 DST streamers
From deep leagues to shallow leagues, our Heath Cummings lists the top DST streaming options for Fantasy Week 7.
So you're fully committed to DST streaming, huh? Good for you.
It represents one thing many Fantasy owners don't want to do -- take chances.
It's much easier on the soul to settle on an above-average defense and ride them through the peaks and valleys. If you aren't making a decision then you aren't making the wrong decision.
I commend you for taking chances and attempting to control your own destiny.
Each week I'll give you some defenses that are available in a majority of standard leagues, followed by one deep-league option and one shallow-league option. Most weeks, I'll give you four or five choices -- so choose wisely.
The Browns looked pretty decent against the Tennessee Titans in Week 6, but I don't expect that to carry over. The one thing this Bengals defense has been consistently good at it this season is containing outside wide receivers (the Broncos were the outlier) and the Browns only consistently good offensive weapon is Terrelle Pryor. That's a bad match for the Browns, especially in a divisional road game with the Bengals coming off a pair of poor performances.
I would expect the Bengals to shut down Isaiah Crowell and the run game and get after Cody Kessler, forcing the rookie into multiple mistakes. The Bengals were drafted as a top-10 defense and have rightly lost that designation, but they'll regain it for at least one week against the lowly Browns.
I've said for close to a month that the Brian Hoyer experience ends in Week 7, and now we're here. Hoyer has to go into Lambeau on a short week and I don't see any way this ends well. Hoyer has done a masterful job of avoiding turnovers but regression hits hard this week. I don't expect the Bears will have success on the ground which should mean 40+ pass attempts for Hoyer. I'd be shocked if he gets through without two turnovers.
The much-maligned Raiders defense travels cross-country to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. What could possibly go right? Well, Blake Bortles could. Bortles has been sacked on 6.8 percent of his drop backs and picked off on 3.3 percent of his pass attempts.
The math isn't quite this simple but pretty close to one out of every 10 Bortles dropbacks results in Fantasy points for the opposing defense. In a game where I could see him dropping back 40-45 times, that's plenty of opportunities for me.
The original Blake Bortles was Ryan Fitzpatrick and the latter has been the worst version of himself in 2016. He has already thrown 11 interceptions in 2016 and Todd Bowles is still calling him his starter. Can you really blame him? The alternative is Geno Smith, who himself threw a pick on Monday night against the Cardinals.
Best case scenario you're getting 60 minutes of Fitztragic against a Ravens defense that has been better than expected. Even if the Jets switch to Smith mid-game, it's not a bad thing for this streaming option. The Ravens are available in 40 percent of leagues, so if they're out there in your 12 team league I'd pick them up before the three options above.
I'm not buying Case Keenum's recent emergence. In fact, I'm hoping it gives the middling QB a little extra moxie against the Giants this week and leads to a few turnovers. The Rams put up points against a bad Lions defense last week but they'll face a stiffer challenge in Week 7. They already have six interceptions and they'll pad that total this week as Keenum comes back to earth.
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