2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Defense Stream-O-Matic

by Tyler Thompson
2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Defense Stream-O-Matic

This installment of the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Defense Stream-O-Matic is the eleventh during this NFL season.

As always, let's check out the results last week relative to the Stream-O-Matic rankings. See the chart below. This was the best week of the chart yet. And just in time for the playoffs, too!

Among my waiver wire suggestions last week:

  • My preference for the fantasy defense of the 49ers relative to the unit of the Washington Football Team was incorrect as WFT had the highest-scoring defense of the week. That was a win for the chart over the gut.
  • However, I hoped you got to play the Cardinals instead! I lost count of sacks at five, which is as many as linebacker Haasan Reddick had by himself. Wowza.
  • The Panthers-Broncos game didn't go as expected either. It was a weird shootout where neither offense really looked that great but just had crazy long plays and big-time scores.

2020 fantasy football week 15 defense stream-o-matic

We are on to Week 15! I'm not going to go into the options this week. At this point, I'm going to let you use your best judgment and find that defense you are confident in the most. I hope the chart can be helpful when deciding between tough options though!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Defense Stream-O-Matic

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Scoring

I use a traditional rotisserie scoring style commonly used in fantasy baseball season-long leagues to give point totals to each team.

Categories

The categories for the chart are listed below along with links to websites that I use to find this data.

  • Own%: Ownership percentages based on 12-team ESPN leagues gives us an idea of who is available. This doesn’t factor into the standings.
  • Location: Generally speaking, defenses play better at home than on the road. Thus, a five-point advantage is given to all home teams.
  • Wind: The only weather element that has shown a direct correlation with point totals is winds in excess of 15 MPH. Another five-point bonus is awarded to teams playing in such windy conditions.
  • Vegas: Using Vegas odds, the spread and over/under generates a projected game score that the bettors go against. This game score portrays what the game flow could look like and, therefore, which fantasy football defenses are in a good position to succeed.
  • oSAC%: To gauge how good (or bad) an opposing offensive line might be, look at the sack percentage for that team’s offense. Not only are some offensive lines bad, but some quarterbacks don’t show the ability to avoid the sack.
  • oINT%: The opponent’s interception percentage obviously helps in streaming a defense. Turnover percentage is not used here because fumbles can be a little fluky and turnover percentage uses both fumbles and interceptions.
  • FPPG: I use ESPN defensive scoring rankings to determine a ranking of the fantasy football defenses.
  • DVOA: Probably the most popular tool for evaluating defenses, the DVOA efficiency ratings are utilized to give a strong baseline to the rankings.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 15 Defense Stream-O-Matic Chart

OverallDefenseOwn%OppLocationWindVegasoSAC%oINT%FPPGDVOA
153Rams91.7NYJ503227273131
142Dolphins68.8NE502824312925
132Cardinals35.0PHI502232301924
131Steelers99.3CIN00312883232
124Ravens96.7JAX503016262621
124Washington63.4SEA501226242829
118Colts93.0HOU50213053027
110Bears65.2MIN001323282026
109Buccaneers64.4ATL001820182528
106Browns52.9NYG002631221611
103Bills49.8DEN002313321520
10049ers66.9DAL002519151823
99Seahawks94.6WAS002925161415
94Vikings39.3CHI50201823919
92Packers66.3CAR502414201712
89Cowboys23.0SF50172129710
85Patriots46.5MIA001917122413
81Titans22.0DET5027221485
80Saints95.9KC5010622730
79Giants29.3CLE50157132217
73Eagles23.2ARI0098172118
71Chiefs63.9NO00161532314
67Falcons3.3TB5083191022
63Jaguars0.7BAL003292533
61Broncos21.3BUF5071191316
50Raiders21.4LAC5014121018
43Jets2.3LAR00252169
39Chargers29.1LV00696117
33Bengals7.1PIT50111754
26Texans12.5IND00541142
25Panthers33.6GB00421126
18Lions5.5TEN00110421

Optimum Score: 170

Minimum Score: 5

Early Week 16 Stream-O-Matic Rankings

As usual, I will take an early look at the following week's defensive matchups to get a gauge on the streaming options. This is more important now than ever!

  1. Saints (vs. MIN) - 143
  2. Ravens (vs. NYG) - 137
  3. Cardinals (vs. SF) - 127
  4. Washington (vs. CAR) - 127
  5. Rams (at SEA) - 124
  6. Bears (at JAX) - 112
  7. Steelers (vs. IND) - 110
  8. Bills (at NE) - 109
  9. Chiefs (vs. ATL) - 107
  10. Browns at NYJ) - 106
  11. Buccaneers (at DET) - 106

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