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Stream Pies: Season Recap

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At “Stream Pies,” we are serving up gooey loads of knowledge. Here, we’ll provide invaluable streaming advice on kickers and DEFs who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best to “least-best” option (with the strongest recommendations starting at the top). We also include last week’s suggestions and full season results. Points are based on default Yahoo! settings.


With the fantasy football season complete (sorry, leagues with Week 17 championship games don’t count ‘round these parts), it is time to take a look back at the “Stream Pies” season to see how we stacked up against the rest of the kicker and DEF landscape. 


While other fantasy sports “analysts” may confidently spew out recommendations without a shred of accountability, we here at SoR are all about taking responsibility for the success (and failure) of our advice.


Time to see if streaming really made sense this season.


More after the jump:


Team Defense (DEF) Performance

Average for top ranked DEF in Y! scoring: 13.6 points-per-game (Kansas City)

Average for “Stream Pies:” 7.38 points-per-recommendation 


The Chiefs went undrafted in most leagues, yet performed at a high level all year (they were the top ranked overall defense every week since the first game of the season). It was quite a surprise. A bigger shock, however, came in the form of the “Stream Pies” season ranking. We came in at 16th, with the top 20 listed below:


1. SEA: 12

2. CAR: 11.73

3. SF: 10.73

4. ARI: 10.93

5. STL: 10.33

6. CIN: 10.2

7. BUF: 9.4

8. NE: 9.27

9. TB: 8.53

10. IND: 8.27

11. MIA: 8.2

12. DEN: 8.07

13. BAL: 7.8

14. PHI: 7.73

15. DAL: 7.6

16. SoR: 7.38

17. CHI: 7.33

18. CLE: 7.0

20. PIT: 6.8

20. NYG: 6.8


It was a decidedly disappointing performance for our DEF recommendations this season. No doubt about it. However, the value of streaming is still apparent in the DEF standings. The Seahawks, 49ers, and Bengals were drafted in most standard leagues this season. Everyone else in the final top 10 was left untouched in most drafts/auctions. Shit, the Bears, Steelers, Giants, Texans, and Packers (the latter two of whom didn’t even crack the top 20) started every week in a lot of fantasy leagues (too many of them, obviously). We didn’t put together the kind of season we expected in 2013 from our DEF recommendations, but the theory of streaming being more useful than sticking with one DEF all season long held more weight than Freeway Ricky Ross. I’ll take the moral victory.


Kicker Performance

Average for top ranked K in Y! scoring: 10.93 points-per-game (Stephen Gostkowski)

Average for “Stream Pies:” 8.09 points-per-recommendation


Compared to the rest of the kickers in fantasy, the 8.09 “Stream Pies” average was “good” enough for 20th in fantasy. Admittedly, that’s an underwhelming performance. However, we were able to outproduce some heavily owned kickers, including Matt Bryant, Sebastian Janikowski, and David Akers. If you think about it, only 10 kickers averaged a point-per-game or more than our picks. Even though the “Stream Pies” numbers at the kicker position didn’t dazzle, the fact that the field was pretty close tells you that holding on to one kicker all season long is not necessary. Despite the mediocre production this year, I still believe that trying to play the best kicker available that week is the way to go.


Final Thoughts

If “Stream Pies” performances were failed studio albums, this season would be my “Magna Carta… Holy Grail.” At first, I beat myself up over this. Feeling as though I had let down my legion of readers. Then, I realized a few things: 


1. Every champion doesn’t win every season. I gave you a tremendous “Stream Pies” season in baseball in 2013, and did work (especially when it counted) in football last year. Obviously the goal every season is to have my recommendations sit above the top-ranked DEF and kicker in fantasy. But like us Jordans of the world realize, you can’t get it done perennially. 


2. The point was proven that streaming defenses and kickers offers more benefits than sticking with one option all year. 


3. The “Stream Pies” recommendations are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. Obviously, you want to stream the best available DEF every week. That may be a 40-50 percent owned player in a 12-team league some weeks. The 30-percent threshold is a mark I chose so that it ensures that owners who play in very competitive leagues are helped. You want that 10-team bullshit-ass advice, go peep the boring-as-hell nonsense that is out there. You want that competitive funk? Come sniff what the Sons are smoking.


See you next season…


About Starbonell

Starbonell is the co-founder of Sons of Roto and one of the most insightful and colorful fantasy analysts in the game. Mixing intelligent and well-researched advice with an entertaining style of writing that is easy to digest, Starbonell is the king of info-tainment.