The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 5

Do you associate with the glass half full or empty world view? That is, are you positive or negative by nature and in thinking? Anyone who knows me would probably describe me as a positive person, one who subscribes to the glass half full approach. Negative people often call themselves “realists” but if I have to choose between expecting the worst or expecting the best, I’m going with the latter.

Speaking of halves, half of something can mean many things depending on what it is you’re talking about. If you play football and you complete half of your passes, you aren’t a very good quarterback, but reach base half the time in baseball throughout your career and they would name the team after you. You make half your free throws? Hey there, Shaq. What about if you pick half of your defenses right in a weekly fantasy football article?

I don’t run away from being wrong. Being wrong makes you smarter, helps you learn what not to do and gives you a different perspective that you had prior. Fantasy football requires many things and many of you know by now that one of the most important things is luck. Hell, there are times when the team with the highest scoring roster misses their fantasy playoffs (rare, but it happens!). Fantasy football is a weekly game. Your only goal from week to week is to beat your opponent, whether it’s by .1 or 100. Sometimes I will hit the nail on the head and other times it won’t go over so well. Sometimes the things that aren’t supposed to happen do and the things that are supposed to happen don’t.

That is why sport is such a wonderful thing.

How did I do last week?

Colts D Week 4
Jared predicted the 12-point performance from the Colts D/ST in week 4. What does he have in store this week?

The Colts did the best, scoring 12 points in standard leagues (2 picks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks). The Chargers were my pick of the week and I used them everywhere. They played the Jaguars and scored 10 fantasy points. Allowing 14 points to Jacksonville, the Bolts also had 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery, adding 3 sacks. Many people jumped on the Chargers bandwagon, as their ownership went from 4% to almost 79%, as of Tuesday night. The Steelers disappointed. Up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Pittsburgh allowed 27 points while only getting one sack. They added an interception to receive two fantasy points. Don’t drop them yet though! Finally, the Chicago Bears got to Aaron Rodgers once and allowed the Packers to rack up 38 points en route to a -1 fantasy showing.

Week 5 Targets:

Chicago Bears:  Let’s get back to the article theme; halves. Half of my defenses last week didn’t live up to the hype I placed on them. My first pick of this week is DA BEARS! After allowing the Packers to come home and throw all over them, Chicago is off to Carolina for this week’s matchup. Carolina’s backfield situation is a mess. No one can stay healthy, including Cam Newton. Cam’s fantasy value has come from his feet over the past two years, but he isn’t running so far in 2014. His ankle still isn’t 100%, forcing him to stay in the pocket and try to complete more throws. He has Benjamin and Olson to throw to, but that is about it (speaking of Carolina, their defense has scored -15 points combined over the past two weeks and is still 97% owned). I see the Bears getting to Cam at least 3 times, with two interceptions, which will make for a fun fantasy day if you’re going to use ’em.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Of course I try to exploit offenses when choosing streaming options. I suggested the Steelers last week because of what looked to be a favorable opponent. They didn’t net you a ton of fantasy points, but I still think it was the right call given the struggles Tampa has been going through on offense. This week the Steelers get the Jaguars, who have allowed 3, 10, 4 and 3 sacks thus far in 2014. Pittsburgh’s secondary should have no problem with the Jaguar receiving core (now minus Cecil Shorts). I like the black and yellow to score double-digit fantasy points on the heels of a pick-6. Book it.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles unit will be a popular pickup this week after their three score performance last week against the 49ers. This week the Eagles get the Rams and should be ready to dominate. I will be the first to tell you that the Eagles defense doesn’t look the best on paper, but they have 5 scores as a unit in 4 weeks and have the ability to rack up fantasy points even if they allow opposing offenses to score.

Cleveland Browns: If you are desperate the Browns defense might have a chance to do something against the Titans. Tennesse has been prone to the interception and Cleveland is able to get to the quarterback. The Titans offensive line is nothing special, either. Proceed here with caution as this is a boom or bust play. Those of you in deep leagues could do much worse though.

There you have it! Happy streaming, and remember, that glass should always be half full.

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!