As many of you know I am a proponent of streaming fantasy defenses all season long. Of course there are always some glitches in your plans due to teams already being owned, especially if your opponents are streaming as well. I try not to look too far ahead because I am a short-sighted sloth? No, well, not in this case. I want the best matchups as possible when I’m streaming because you are often picking craptastic defenses and you have to be careful. So I’m going to look at week 1 and 2 and see what we have.

Last season the best teams to start your defenses against for the season were — Carolina, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Chicago and Arizona. 3 of the 5 had young QBs and 2 had QBs that threw a whole lot of interceptions. QB play is almost the sole component I use when looking at a team to play a defense against. That and the quality of their run game and defense. A crappy/young QB can get away with being crappy and/or young if they can force their will on other teams outside of the passing game.

Teams that faced the Panthers scored 201 fantasy points and the best fantasy D, the Steelers, scored 188 points and the second best, the Packers, scored 166 points. The Steelers had 7 games under 10 fantasy points and the Panthers only gave up less than 10, 4 times. They also never had a D get negative points against them while Pittsburgh went negative once against New England. Of course you won’t be able to stream a defense against the worst fantasy offense each week, but you sure can give it a try.

So who are the crappy quarterbacks and their teams this season? It doesn’t take that much football acumen to answer this question.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (@Cleveland, @Denver): Dude may turn out ok (not sure about that), but he has a ways to go.Until further notice they are pick for best offense to face.

Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks (@San Francisco, @Pittsburgh): We may end up seeing Charlie Whitehurst rise from the grave at some point. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I doubt he is their savior.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (@Arizona, Green Bay): I like the Panther’s running game and Newton’s ability to scramble enough to not be full tilt on facing my D’s against him, but he’s still young and will make plenty of mistakes.

Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins (NY Giants, Arizona): I want to say start the world against Sexy Rexy, but with Shanny’s run game clicking in preseason I’m not wholy on the band wagon, but I’m not completely against it either. Arizona does get two decent matchups in a row, but they have to travel to D.C.

Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins (New England, Houston): Henne just can’t seem to get his shizz together. He actually has turned it up in preseason, but has shown flashes of decency in the past to only then flash his indecency all over the place. Plus I don’t see much of a run game in Miami yet. He’ll have to pass. Expect red zone picks. Lots of them.

Kerry Collins, Indianapolis Colts (@Houston, Cleveland): What does Collins have left? That’s the question. Can he manage a team with a good offense well enough to keep games close and not have to chuck it up in the 4th quarter? That’s another question. He’ll need help from Addai and Carter.

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (Atlanta, @New Orleans): Cutler is always hard to predict. He could throw for 4 touchdowns or 4 interceptions, or both. He’s a wild card for sure, but he has been good at chucking picks.

As the season progresses we’ll be able to see just how horrible these teams and quarterbacks are and just who steps up and sucks horribly. Good luck streaming this season! My pick for week 1 is Cleveland. Let’s hope they can suck less than Cincinnati!

  1. Excellent breakdown. This is my strategy every year, and it works well. I’m going to start either SF, ARI, or CLE in week 1 in EVERY league I’m in. You can all have PIT against BAL.

  2. Randy says:

    I have 3 TE’s on my team. I like all 3. M Lewis, Hernandez, and Kendricks. Need to drop 1. I’m thinking of using M Lewis as my starter with Kendricks as my back-up. Sound ok or should I keep Hernandez?

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Fantastic breakdown. Quick question for you. I have the following keepers in a 10 team keeper league with a flex. 20 RB’s were kept and we play 2 RB and 3 WR. Should I target a receiver in the first round like Mike Wallace, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Lloyd or go after a RB like A Bradshaw, Mark Ingram, D. Williams?

    Keepers are:
    Mike Vick
    Matt Forte
    Andre Johnson
    Roddy White

  4. Doc

    Doc says:

    @@belaireric: sounds like a plan.

    @Randy: That is a tough one. I’m guessing you can’t wait until after week 1? I’d lean toward dropping Kendricks, but it’s insanely tough to call.

    @Mr2Bits: I’d try for a WR like Wallace, but after that just go with whoever you like since you can start a RB in the flex.

  5. barker says:

    10 team league trade missed draft
    lineup set up qb wr wr rb rb te w/t w/r k d d d

    kid has mcgahee as his # 2 rb could i do tolbert instead of turner maybe?

    i give turner lloyd and pt cruiser

    i get fitzgerald wells malcolm floyd

    my other wr austin colston bess ward
    my other rb CJ2k tolbert m bush thomas jones

  6. Randy says:

    Well… I picked up Kerry Collins and Derrick Ward.
    My current team…
    QB’s- Schaub, Bradford, Collins
    RB’s- Charles, Best, D Williams, Matthews, D Ward
    WR’s- Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Amendola, Antonio Brown, Hester
    TE’s- M Lewis, Hernandez, Kendricks
    I have to drop 1
    WR’s get 1 point for 20 return yards
    I’m worried about my WR’s..
    WR’s I can pick-up…
    D Mason, H Douglas, A Benn, E Sanders, A Roberts, N Washington, J Cribbs, Jason Hill

    1st- Do I drop Collins, Ward, or Kendricks?
    2nd- Should I pick-up any of the WR’s? and if so who do I drop?

  7. Randy says:

    Oh Vinatieri is my K. Should I drop him for Tynes or Akers?
    Also Brandon Gibson and Bernard Scott are also available…

  8. Howie says:

    @Doc: Technical note/question…running Firefox (Aurora build, actually) and am unable to pull up a recent version of the Razzball FFB front page. I am constantly taken to the August 30th version (Draft Recap, …). I have cleared cache and deleted relevant cookies. Same thing going on when I pull up the site in Internet Explorer. However, it is not an issue in Chrome.

    Strange…thought you might want to know in case there is something unique going on with the way Mozilla is interpreting your code.

  9. Projectbass says:

    .5 PPR League

    Would you drop Spiller or Daniel Thomas as a handcuff for Gore?

  10. Projectbass says:

    .5 PPR League

    Sorry, I meant to say…would you drop Spiller or Daniel Thomas for Hunter as a handcuff for Gore?

  11. batman the horse says:

    Something seems to be wrong with the rss feed (, which hasn’t updated for a few days. Curious, since the baseball razzball feed works fine.

  12. Mr2Bits says:

    Doc : Just finished my draft, first 5 rounds were keepers. Let me know where I can improve if possible….thanks

    1. (3) Andre Johnson WR…Keeper
    2. (18) Roddy White WR…Keeper
    3. (23) Michael Vick QB…Keeper
    4. (38) Matt Forte RB…Keeper
    5. (43) Darren McFadden RB…Keeper
    6. (58) Ahmad Bradshaw RB
    7. (63) Santonio Holmes WR
    8. (78) Ryan Grant RB
    9. (83) Tony Romo QB
    10. (98) Owen Daniels TE
    11. (103) Davone Bess WR
    12. (118) New Orleans DEF
    13. (123) Marcedes Lewis TE
    14. (138) Jacoby Ford WR
    15. (143) Stevan Ridley RB
    16. (158) Dallas DEF
    17. (163) Garrett Hartley

  13. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @Mr2Bits: @Mr2Bits:

    Hartley is out 6 weeks with a hip flexor injury.

  14. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    Hey Doc,

    FYI…When I hit the football link at the top of the homepage, the top article is from Aug 30th. But when I do the same through my iPhone, everything is up to date.

    Some of those link problems from last week might still be lingering…

  15. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Mr2Bits: Well, You’ll need to drop Hartley since he is hurt, but otherwise this team is pretty bad ass, especially if it’s PPR. I rather have another RB than a second D.

    @Howie:@batman the horse: Yeah, after we upgraded to a new server there have been some “propagation” issues, whatever the hell that is.

    @Projectbass: No, but ask me again after week 1.

    @Randy: I’d give Tynes a shot.

  16. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr, QB/2RB/3WR/TE (no flex)

    I took Jacquizz Rodgers with my last pick (I don’t own Turner). But is any of the following free agents a worthy upgrade over him?

    Jerome Harrison
    Isaac Redman
    Jason Snelling
    Earl Bennett
    Brandon Gibson
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Andre Roberts

    My team:
    QB – Brees
    RB – AP, Ingram
    WR – DeSean Jackson, Lloyd, M. Williams (TB)
    TE – Graham
    Bench – Kolb, Starks, Helu, B. Scott, Garçon, James Jones, J. Rodgers

  17. Eng says:

    Would really appreciate some help, Doc. How would you rank Lynch, Starks, Garcon and Denarius Moore in a .5PPG league for this week? I’m assuming all have more value than Jared Cook at flex? Also, in a bubble, Kerry Collins or Starks?

    Thanks and sorry for the above. I’m pretty clueless in this sport so this site has been a godsend.

  18. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): As long as you don’t have a flex spot for RB I’d feel ok with dropping him for Bennett. Starting to feel better about his breakout potential.

  19. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Eng: Starks, Lynch, Garcon, Lynch. Cook is actually up there, but I like Starks’ matchup.

  20. Lubey says:

    Yoooooo Chet. Just got done my last draft and Im trying to get Felix Jones. 1.–Would you trade Shonne Greene and Mike Wallace/Larry Fitz for Jones and Santanio Holmes/ Stevie Johnson?? 2.–If you would do that trade, would you rather trade Fitz or Wallace and Holmes/Johnson?? Thanks again!!!

    Btw-its standard scoring, 4 for pass td, non-ppr, 1qb 2rb 2wr 1flex 1te

  21. Mr2Bits says:


    Yep, it is PPR and thanks. Damn on Hartley as I didn’t know. Would LDub be a good pickup?

  22. Mr2Bits says:


    I’d also normally agree on the defense thing but it seems as though in the past if I try and ride one D or stream, I get screwed.

  23. Mr2Bits says:

    Here are some other options otherwise as I was thinking LDub or Bernard Scott to fill the Hartley injury

    Delone Carter
    Marion Barber
    Jason Snelling
    Kendall Hunter
    Montario Hardesty
    Ricky Williams
    Javon Ringer
    Jacquizz Rodgers

  24. Mr2Bits says:


    Disregard, Im a moron. I was thinking you were talking about Ridley, not my damn kicker. Too early in the morning.

  25. Projectbass says:

    12-team non-ppr, non-keeper

    I currently have the 7th and 10th picks of the draft…I have a nice deal on the table that gives me the 3rd overall pick for the 7th overall pick…Would you rather have the 7th and 10th overall pick or the 3rd and 10th overall picks?

  26. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    With the streaming defense strategy… those of us with IDP, good idea to stream that team’s highest tackler, too? If available, obviously. Thinking T.J. Bell, specifically.

  27. OaktownSteve says:

    I am drafting in my 21 team league tonight. I pick 3rd and I’ll take best RB on the board. Then I don’t pick again until 40th and 45th. After looking at quite a few scenarios, I am thinking about taking best WR at 40 and then reaching way down for Tim Hightower at 45. Looking for Razzball sanctioned and community thoughts on this.

  28. Art Vandelay says:

    Is anyone else getting a pop up on the site that directs them to a promo website? Very frustrating.

    Doc – how do you feel about rolling the dice on Stafford as your QB1 in a 12 team non PPR league? I am considering punting QB, and drafting Stafford and pairing him with Bradford or Flacco for some depth. It’s risky, but I like the potential pay-off versus drafting Ryan, Big Ben, etc. in the 5th round or so. Thoughts?

  29. will says:

    which defense or QB should I keep?

    Chiefs, Rams, Cowboys, Giants or Falcons?

    Cutler or McCoy (to back up Vick)?

  30. Pacochu says:

    Where would the Texans’ defense slide in if and when they face a Kerry Collins lead Colts in Week 1?

  31. John says:

    Doc need some help for a dynasty league:
    We have a snake draft after the auction where each team gets to keep the rights to 2 college players as long as they declare for the NFL that year.

    I have the 10th pick in the draft and was wondering what WR/RB would you be looking for?

  32. herschel says:

    @Doc: 12 team ppr. need help with my flex. who do you like best out of:

    BJGE @ Mia
    Bess vs NE
    Julio Jones @ Chi


  33. I have saints and dal def would you suggest droping dal for cle?

  34. I have saints and dal def would you suggest droping dal for cle for week one?

  35. herschel says:

    @Doc: also, who do you like more in ppr leagues between emmanuel sanders and harry douglas? thanks…

  36. Drew Crew says:

    Andre Roberts or Dezmon Briscoe ppr?

  37. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Drew Crew: Roberts

    @herschel: Sanders for the season

    @Chicago Mike: I would

    @herschel: Tough, but early on BJGE should still be the GL back so I’m leaning him.

    @John: That is a little outside my wheelhouse. Let me ask on Twitter for you.

    @Pacochu: ICollins has had luck against Houston in the past. But they’ll still probably be top 10.

    @will: Giants/Cutler

    @Art Vandelay: I’m good with that as long as your backup up isn’t a total scrub. And if you take a screen shot of something annoying on the site I can send it to the peoples and ask to remove it.

    @OaktownSteve: I’m really back and forth on Hightower. Don’t trust him as far as I can throw him, but I’m not going to say he has no chance to be good all season. I rather take a shot on Ingram there if he’s there.

    @Feeding the Abscess: Can’t say I can attest to that, but it sounds reasonable.

    @Projectbass: 3rd and 10th

    @Lubey: I wouldn’t make that deal in non-ppr.

  38. OaktownSteve says:

    @Doc: Thing is in a 21 team league where there’s no regular season payout, you really have to go big or go home. I’m thinking that Hightower has a really high ceiling and it’s been a lovefest with him pre-season. Maybe I’m too caught up in the Shannahan RB, zone blocking mythos. I think Ingram might be a safer play but not a high upside play with the Saints distribution and the presence of Pierre Thomas.

  39. Trick dad says:

    10 team league- are we comfortable with collie at wr3 for the season?

    Are you still as high on ridley as ur ranks show?

  40. Doc

    Doc says:

    @OaktownSteve: I can see where you are coming from. I still like Ingram’s upside in that offense more.

    @Trick dad: It’s close in a 10 teamer. He’s WR3 right now in 12 team in my mind. We’ll just have to see how Collins works with him for now.

    I am. He probably won’t pay quick dividends, but I still like him.

  41. Timmy riggins says:

    @Doc: Hi, who do you think is a better flier in a .5ppr league,
    1.Deji Karim or Stevan Ridley?
    2.which TE, kendricks or cook
    3. Peyton replacement:orton or cutler (6pts/td; 15yds/1pt) or would pickup both and drop Ridley/Karim?


  42. Randy says:

    Do you think this helps or hurts M Lewis and J Hill?

  43. herschel says:

    @Doc: just finished my draft. 12 team ppr. anything that stands out as needing drastic improvement? it was a delayed draft, so took wayne before the most recent news re: peyton. any thoughts would be appreciated….

    qb – rothlisberger
    rb – cj
    rb – felix jones
    wr – wayne
    wr – harvin
    flex – bjge
    te – finley
    k – henery
    def/st – zona

    bench – julio jones, spiller, ridley, ringer, helu, bess, gronkowski, henne

  44. genghis chone says:

    just drafted, thoughts? Does this look like a championship squad or do I need to upgrade at QB? 2 QB league, PPR, 10 teams. Lance Kendricks, Deji Karim, Cam Newton, Matt Hasselbeck, Rex Grossman (barf) are FAs

    QB Vick
    QB Orton
    RB Forte
    RB Felix Jones
    RB/WR Hightower
    WR Hakeem Nicks
    WR Dez Bryant
    TE Gronk
    K Feely
    BN Fitzpatrick, Ingram, Ben Tate, Britt, Julio Jones, Amendola, Denarius Moore, Jared Cook

  45. friar says:

    P. Thomas or R. Mathews as my flex for Week 1? I had planned to go with Mathews (don’t really like him, but should be fine as a flex), but was surprised to see ESPN project Thomas for 7 more points than Mathews this week (16 vs. 9). Is ESPN a bunch of idiots or do I need to reevaluate my depth chart (not mutually exclusive)?

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