The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 15

Ravens Defense
The Ravens are a lock for double-digit fantasy points in week 15

Tuesday morning I was strolling (Editor’s note: I think he means *trolling*) through my Twitter feed and noticed a trend. There were a lot more pictures then there usually are. Not because the Victoria Secret Fashion Show was the other night, but because a ton of fantasy gamers were posting photos of their playoff matchups. Teams were winning by small margins and bragging about their lineups, or they were showing how close they were to advancing, only to have Aaron Rodgers kneel down on the last play of Monday’s game to cost them a spot in the next round. I looked through my fair share of matchups and noticed that they all had a common theme. One of the teams had a defense that went absolutely crazy.

There were a couple of teams I saw that streamed the Giants defense against Tennessee. An opponent of mine did the same thing, and while it wasn’t the deciding factor in my match, it was hilarious to watch the Giants lead fantasy in defensive scoring in week 14.

Last Week’s Results:

Last week I recommended 3 teams. They included the Texans, Rams and my hometown Vikings. If you decided to trust your playoff matchup with one of these defensive units, you were rewarded with great production. The Rams posted their 2nd-straight shutout while adding in 2 picks, a touchdown and 7 sacks en route to 24 fantasy points. Another team with a great matchup was the Houston Texans. They recorded 4 sacks on their way to a solid 11 fantasy points. The last team I recommended was the Minnesota Vikings. I thought the they had a good chance at keeping Geno and the Jets (you read that line and felt like Elton John, admit it) to a low point total. While they allowed 24 points and had to take the game into OT, the Vikings did pick off Geno once in Sunday’s chilly affair at TCF Bank Stadium. They also recovered a fumble and oh yeah, that interception was returned for  touchdown. Toss in 3 sacks and you have yourself a solid showing; 10 points for the purple people eaters.

Week 15 Targets:

Week 15 will bring along more pictures on social media of fantasy matchups that will end up coming down to the wire. If you survived last week, week 15 is all about putting yourself in the best position to win and get into your championship. Taking chances would not be my advice to you. Play your studs, and look for defenses with good matchups. Let’s not try to get too cute here with the season on the line.

  • Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs defense has not been playing as well as many expected them to coming into this season. A couple of heartbreaking losses have left them befuddled but this is their week to shine. The last time they met Oakland, the Raiders won their first game of the season. An embarrassing loss for the Chiefs to be sure. I look for Kansas City to have a big day in a revenge game.
  • Baltimore Ravens: The season is winding down which means so is my weekly segment of “stream whoever plays Jacksonville.” Let’s not look to the future though, instead, let’s get ready to celebrate a great matchup for week 15. Baltimore’s unit generates the majoroty of points from sacking the opposing quarterback. The Jaguars give up sack after sack on a weekly basis, something that should once again happen on Sunday. Put the two together and you’ve got yourself double-digit fantasy points for the Ravens. Book it!

So where do we go from here? I decided that while most fantasy playoffs end in week 16, I would continue to write this article through the end of the regular season. For the few people who have week 17 matchups, I didn’t want to leave you out in the dust. That leaves us two columns left after this one before I move onto playoff football, as well as some baseball content as well. Good luck to you as you continue your playoff push.

As always, happy streaming!

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

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Top DFS Plays for 08/14/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Aaron Harang – hitting .400 (8/20) with 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs & 2 BBs
Gonzo was 3/5 with a pair of doubles and RBIs in his last game against Harang/Braves.

Matt Kemp vs. Aaron Harang – hitting .368 (7/19) with a 2B, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs & 2 BBs
Kemp went 3/4 with a pair of homers with one coming against Harang in their last matchup.

Victor Martinez vs. Francisco Liriano – hitting .481 (13/27) with 6 2Bs, a HR, 7 RBIs & 2 BBs
V-Mart is struggling and Liriano is back, who wins? I got to go with V-Mart, kind of a no brainer start for me today.

Norichika Aoki vs. Jeff Samardzija – hitting .438 (7/16) with a 2B, 2 3Bs & a BB

Dustin Pedroia vs. Scott Feldman – hitting .400 (8/20) with a 2B, a HR & 3 RBIs

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Victor Martinez

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Yu Darvish vs. Tampa Bay Rays – In 4 career starts against the Rays, Darvish has only given up 3 runs. Wow. Start the man folks.

Movie of the Day – Jumanji – Keeping with my Robin Williams theme for the week, I went with a movie that I enjoyed as a kid. I have probably seen this movie at least 30 times. It’s a classic and you must introduce this film to your kids if they haven’t seen it yet.

Top DFS Plays for 08/13/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Daniel Murphy vs. Jordan Zimmerman – hitting .364 (16/44) with 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs & a BB
Murphy went 3-6 with a 2B and a RBI against Zimmerman in their last matchup.

Anthony Rizzo vs. Kyle Lohse – hitting .450 (9/20) with 2 2Bs & 2 BBs

Billy Butler vs. Scott Kazmir – hitting .345 (10/29) with 2 RBIs & 3 BBs
Butler has been on fire over the last week and has another great matchup today.

Albert Pujols vs. A.J. Burnett – hitting .286 (6/21) with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs & a BB
This is a gut feeling on this one.

Justin Morneau vs. Ian Kennedy – hitting .364 (4/11) with 3 2Bs, a HR, 2 RBIs & a BB

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Albert Pujols

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Atlanta Braves – Ryu is 9-2 with a 2.61 ERA with 59 Ks on the road this season.

Movie of the Day – Patch Adams – In honor of the passing of Robin Williams I will posting my favorite movies of his for the rest of the week.

Top DFS Plays for 08/07/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Daniel Murphy vs. Jordan Zimmerman – hitting .317 (13/41) with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs & a BB

Jacoby Ellsbury vs. Rick Porcello – hitting .700 (7/10) with a 2B, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs & a BB

Todd Frazier vs. T.J. House – no previous history
RHH are hitting .322 with 5 HRs & 14 RBIs against House

Giancarlo Stanton vs. Edinson Volquez – hitting .500 (4/8) with 2 2Bs, a HR & 2 RBIs

Brandon Moss vs. Yohan Pino – no previous Matchup history.
No better matchup than this for Moss to break out of his slump. Pino is letting LHH batters hit .313 against him and Pino also has a 6.28 ERA on the road this season.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Giancarlo Stanton

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Jon Lester vs. Minnesota Twins – In Lester’s last outing against the Twins he went 6 1/3, 4 hits, 1 run, 6 Ks and 1 BB

Movie of the Day – Notebook – It’s a great love story and yes I am a guy and I admit to liking this movie, get over it.

Top DFS Plays for 08/06/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Alex Rodriguez vs. Justin Verlander – hitting .357 (10/28) with a 2B, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs & 4 BBs

Derek Jeter vs. Justin Verlander – hitting .361 (13/36) with a HR, 2 RBIs & 4 BBs

Miguel Cabrera vs. Chris Capuano – hitting .391 (9/23) with a 2B, 4 HRs & 8 RBIs

David Peralta vs. Yordano Ventura – no previous matchup history
Peralta is hitting .331 against RHP this season.

Todd Frazier vs. Danny Salazar – no previous history
15 of Frazier’s bomb’s have come at home. Salazar struggles against RHH as they are hitting .320 with 6 HRs & 16 RBIs against him this season. Lets do the math together folks, Frazier = $$$ today.

Gerardo Parra vs. Ryan Vogelsong – hitting .333 (7/21) with a 2B, 2 RBIs & 2 BBs

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Miguel Cabrera & David Peralta

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Odrisamer Despaigne vs. Minnesota Twins – Say that name 10 times fast, whew! Despaigne has struggled over his last two starts but has been very solid this season. He is 1-2 with a 2.04 ERA on the road this season. He isn’t the flashiest pitcher going today but for his price he will go 7 strong and get the W, which means you can load up on hitters today.

Music of the Day – The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways by Crown the Empire – I am not a huge fan of the genre but these guys are awesome. I have seen them in concert several times and this album is worth a listen for sure.

Top DFS Plays for 08/05/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Juan Lagares vs. Gio Gonzalez – hittin .364 (4/11) with a 2B, a 3B, a HR & 3 RBIs
Lagares is hitting .339 against LHP this season.

Giancarlo Stanton vs. Charlie Morton – hitting .385 (5/13) with 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs & 2 BBs

Nick Markakis vs. Mark Buehrle – hitting .435 (20/46) with with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs & 4 BBs

Adam Jones vs. Mark Buehrle – hitting .357 (10/28) with 2 2Bs, a HR, 5 RBIs & 3 BBs

Ryan Braun vs. Tim Lincecum – hiting .333 (7/21) with a 2B, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs & a BB

James Loney vs. Jason Hammel – hitting .316 (12/38) with 3 2Bs, 3 HRs & 9 RBIs

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Ryan Braun

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Dallas Keuchel vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Keuchel revived himself when I last recomended him and I expect another solid start against the crappy Phillies.

Movie of the Day – 2 Guns – Denzel & Marky Mark? Man this movie doesn’t get enough credit, I loved it!

Top DFS Plays for 08/04/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Lucas Duda vs. Tim Hudson – hitting .393 (11/28) with 2 2Bs, a HR, 4 RBIs & 2 BBs

Jacoby Ellsbury vs. Max Scherzer – hitting .556 (5/9) with a 2B, a HR, 5 RBIs & 3 BBs

Torii Hunter vs. Brandon McCarthy – hitting .500 (8/16) with 3 2Bs, a HR, 2 RBIs & a BB

Victor Martinez vs. Brandon McCarthy – hitting .333 (7/21) with 4 2Bs, a HR, 2 RBIs & 3 BBs

Michael Brantley vs. Alfredo Simon – hitting .667 (4/6) with 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs & a BB

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Victor Martinez

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Tanner Roark vs. Baltimore Orioles – Roark is 5-4 with a 1.94 ERA at home this season. He has also gone 4 straight starts with going 7 innings, only giving up 1 run in each start and striking out 5 or more.

Movie of the Day – TMNT movie – The original movie. The little kid in me is really excited about the potential of seeing the Michael Bay version on friday but nothing will compare to those original movies!

Top DFS Plays for 08/02/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. A.J. Burnett – hitting .375 (6/16) with a 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI and 3 walks
Burnett is an awful 3-6 with a 5.26 ERA on the road this year including his last outing at National Park where he got shelled for 8 runs over 6 innings.

Adam LaRoche vs. A.J. Burnett – hitting .387 (12/31) with 5 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI and 6 walks

Domonic Brown vs. Jordan Zimmerman – hitting .500 (7/14) with 3 2B and 3 RBI
I think I just threw up suggest to use him in any lineups today. (Editors Note: me too)

Adrian Beltre vs. T.J. House – hitting .500 (1/2) with an RBI (Love me some Alex Rios today too)
Beltre is hitting .346 against LHP this season and House is allowing a .328 BA to right-handed hitters. Simple math, folks.

Miguel Cabrera vs. Tyler Matzek – no previous history
Miggy is hitting a cool .321 with 7 dingers at home this season. Matzek really hasn’t wowed anyone in his first 9 starts this season and right-handers are hitting .297 against him.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Adam LaRoche

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Jon Lester vs. Kansas City Royals – Lester dominated the Royals in his last start going 8 strong with 5 hits, 0 ER, 7 K and no walks. No-brainer here, gamers.

Movie of the Day: Guardians of the Galaxy – What a fun movie. Marvel really knows what they are doing when producing films. This is a must see folks!

Follow Ricky on Twitter @Rickygangster!

Top DFS Plays for 08/01/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

New to Daily Fantasy? Head over to FanDuel.com and use Promo Code SCRIPT and get 100% match on your first deposit!

Top DFS hitters for today:

Matt Carpenter vs. Wily Peralta – hitting .417 (5/12) with a 2B, a HR, RBI and 3 walks

Buster Posey vs. Jonathon Niese – hitting .400 (6/15) with 2 2B, a HR, 2 RBI and a walk
Posey is hitting .316 against LHP as well as .340 on the road this season.

Paul Goldschmidt vs. Edinson Volquez – hitting .500 (7/14) with 4 2B, a HR, 4 RBI and 3 walks

Andrew McCutchen vs. Vidal Nuno – hitting .500 (1/2) with a walk
Small sample size but right-handers are taking advantage of Nuno, hitting .281 with 16 HR. Love this matchup for Cutch.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Andrew McCutchen

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Chris Sale vs. Minnesota Twins – Sale vs. Twins in 2014: 15 1/3 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs, 20 K and 3 walks = START HIM TODAY!

Trailer of the Day: Gone Girl – This looks like a fantastic film, I can’t wait! I am a big Ben Affleck fan and really look forward to seeing him play this role.

Follow Ricky on Twitter @Rickygangster!