As we approach the midway point of the season, I can only hope that our articles have done more good than bad in your quest for the championship. If you have a good record and find yourself near the top of the rankings in your league, then you know that now is the time to start preparing yourself for the playoffs and making sure that your team will endure the cold and bitter remaining weeks. However, if you find yourself somewhere in the bottom of your league, you must look at every matchup and every player with a critical eye to make sure that you aren’t leaving any points on your bench. It is a very stressful time indeed….

The good thing about week 8 is that there are plenty of streamer options on Team Defense to fill any bye week gaps or unfavorable matchups. As usual, below are some choices that should end up in your favor. But I have also listed some other Defenses that should matchup nicely this week if any or all of these are taken.

New Orleans vs. STL

Fresh off of completely routing the Colts in week 7, the Saints look to continue the defensive dominance against the St. Louis Rams which allow the most Fantasy Points to opposing defenses. Although the Saints allow just over 22 pts a game, they face a suspect Rams offense that has only averaged 9.3 pts per game and won’t allow nearly their average.

New York Giants vs. MIA

After an embarrassing loss to Denver last week, the Dolphins face an uphill battle against the stout New York in week 8. The Giants are currently tied for first in the league with 21 sacks over six games and will bring the pain to Matt Moore this weekend. Not only have they been able to tally up the sacks, they have also racked up 7 interceptions and 7 forced fumbles. Look to pick the G-Men up if they’re still available in your league.

Cincinnati vs. SEA

The Bengals have been one of the better surprise stories this year offensively and defensively. They’re averaging only 18.5 points allowed and only 278 total yards allowed. This does not bode well for the inconsistent Seattle offense which could only get one field goal off last week against the Browns. Seattle’s offense has given up the most sacks and the 2nd most fantasy points to defenses this year and will only continue the trend against the Bengals.

Surprise Streamer of the Week

Buffalo vs. WAS

John Beck performed better than most expected last week against the Panthers, but still couldn’t lead the team to victory. He also managed to give Carolina only their 4th interception of the year and also 3 sacks (when they were only averaging 1.5 a game.) Only Green Bay has more interceptions than the Bills this year, and although the Redskins will still put up some points, they are bound to pick off Beck at least once and also have a high chance of returning one for a TD as they have averaged on TD per 4 interceptions.

Other Favorable Matchups: Houston Texans vs. JAC, Detroit Lions vs. DEN, San Francisco vs. CLE, Tennessee Titans vs. IND

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  1. inspiritu says:
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    Sadly all of these (even the bonus ones) are gone in my league.

    Would you rather have:

    Seattle (vs. Cincinnati)

    or

    Cleveland (at San Francisco)

  2. Pretty Toney says:
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    @inspiritu i’m not thrilled about either of those but probably Seattle. cleveland is probably bottom-5 fantasy D/ST

    Pick 2 please for this week? (0.25 PPR)

    J.Battle, B.Green-Ellis, M.Morris, P.Hillis

  3. Anthony says:
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    Yo i just put in a waiver claim for Mike Williams ( TB WR ) There is also a kid looking for a running back and im going to see if i can grab colsten from him for one of my backs. Do you think I can competete and make the playoffs with this team assuming my waiver for Williams goes through?

    QB. Rodgers RB. Mendenhall RB. Matthews. Flex. Benjarvus Green Ellis WR. Miles Austin WR2. David Nelson TE. Gates. K Billy Cundiff. D. Packers
    Bench: Tebow, LT, Mcgahee, Best

    PS: What do u think is a fair trade for Colsten ? – he just had 2 huge weeks and the guy wants a RB sooooo

  4. @inspiritu: both are risky plays, but seahawks look to have a little better matchup, no other options?

    @Anthony: as a mendenhall owner myself, he seems to be one of the shakiest backs on your team. however, he may come through during playoffs, see if you can give best or LT for Colston and you should have a pretty competitive team for playoffs

  5. Robert says:
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    Hey Mark: So, I’m in a return yds/TDs league (1pt/10yds, 6pts/TD), and I’m trying to decide between BUF, ARI, an TEN. I know BUF and TEN have better matchups in standard scoring, but because of the returns aspect, they both are near the bottom in DEF scoring for the year. ARI, however, is in the top 15 in scoring. Who do you think you’d pick out of those 3, after factoring in the returns aspect? Also, my opponent has both CJ Spiller and LaRod Stephens-Howling, if that sways you at all.

  6. @Pretty Toney: eh w hillis a little iffy this week, battle and BJGE

    @Robert: well baltimore may go off on ARI and that would be a bad thing for points against, and a good thing for return yards, however, i feel best about TEN this week

  7. CL says:
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    Start Harvin, or dump him for Delone Carter, Emmanuel Sanders or Plaxico for my flex this week?

    1 pt PPR, return yards.

    Thanks!

  8. timmy riggins says:
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    @Mark Lee: Hi, do you like TN DEF > SD DEF this week? Thx

  9. zandercage says:
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    Huge fan of streaming DST. My team is looking strong for the playoffs with CIN as my regular DST, but looking for streaming options weeks 10, 11 and 13. Can you assist when you get a chance?

    Thanks!!!

    Week 10 => CLE v stl, NE @ nyj, WSH @ mia, or JAC @ ind
    Week 11 => JAC @ cle or CLE v jac
    Week 13 => MIN v den or NE v ind

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