Stream Pies: Week Five

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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 DEF teams who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best option to “least-best” option (with the strongest recommendations starting at the top). Below our recommendations are last week’s and full season results. Points are based on default Yahoo! settings.

With bye weeks underway, you need “Stream Pies” now more than ever. Aside from the Ravens, there are no kickers or defenses that you have to hold onto. In fact, many of you are probably debating if you should drop a potentially useful position player in order to hang onto the Jets D or Dan Bailey. Don’t be an idiot. Drop the DEF or K and move on to the next one. Who is the next one you ask? Well, you just have to peep game after the jump to find out:

Kicker Recommendations (Provided by Andrew Holm, a.k.a. “Million Dollar $leeper”)
When choosing between leftover kickers I look for the following: team scoring potential, kicker skill and weather conditions. The ideal offense for our purposes would be a high octane pass-heavy offense that lacks a run game (especially close yardage).

Week Four Results (Points calculated with Yahoo! default settings)
Dan Bailey: 13 points
Lawrence Tynes: 7 points
Ryan Longwell: 5 points
Rian Lindell: 9 points
Average for top ranked K in Y! scoring: 13 points per week (Jason Hanson)
Average for “Stream Pies:” 10.83 points per week

Week Five Recommendations
When choosing between leftover kickers, I look for the following: team scoring potential, kicker skill and weather conditions. A month of results and the upcoming bye week have left us with little to choose from. This week’s picks aren’t pretty folks. You may need to down three to five beers before adding one of the following kickers. Bottoms up.

1- Lawrence Tynes (vs. SEA)
2- Nick Novak (@ DEN)
3- Mike Nugent (@ JAC)
4- Ryan Longwell (vs. ARI)

Team Defense (DEF) Recommendations (Provided by Starbonell)
Though the overall results don’t look that great, keep in mind that a horrible Week Two effort (in which my teams averaged a whopping two points) is keeping your boy down. Truth is, five out of my last six stream candidates have hit the double-digit mark and I expect more of the same as the season wears on.

Week Four Results (Points calculated with Yahoo! default settings)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 17 points allowed, 4 sacks, fumble recovery = 7 points
Washington Redskins: 10 points allowed, 7 sacks, fumble recovery = 13 points
Buffalo Bills: 23 points allowed, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, TD = 12 points
Average for top ranked DEF in Y! scoring: 18.75 points per week (Baltimore Ravens)
Average for “Stream Pies:” 8.75 points per week

Week Five Recommendations
Cincinnati Bengals @JAC
The Bung-holes defense is pretty underrated and the Jaguars offense, well, sucks. The fact that this is a road game for Cincy matters not as Jacksonville’s stadium is as empty as Fenway Park in October. Plus, the Bengals have allowed just four passing TDs this year and are facing a rookie QB. Sign me up.

Arizona Cardinals @MIN
The Red Birds have been atrocious against the pass, but very good against the run. That should suit them just fine as they have the personnel to limit Adrian Peterson and stop Donovan McNabb. To be perfectly honest, any collection of UFL players would prove competent enough to stop McNabb. The point is, Arizona is in a good position to keep the Vikings’ tailspin season on a path that even Kit Cloudkicker would approve of.


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.