Identifying a few streaming DST options
by Chris Towers |
(6:16 pm ET) If you need to pick up and play a DST unit in Week 8, Jamey Eisenberg identifies three worth snagging in his waiver-wire column: the Colts (59 percent owned) in Pittsburgh, the Cowboys (43 percent) against Washington, and the Dolphins (36 percent) in Jacksonville.

Takeaways make Steelers' day
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:09 pm ET) The Steelers didn't have a tremendous defensive performance Week 7 against Houston, falling into an early 13-0 hole and ultimately giving up 23 points on 393 yards. But they did a fine job taking the ball away from the Texans, allowing their offense to come from behind for the victory.

They got an interception from Brett Keisel and two fumble recoveries, one by Troy Polamalu and one by Sean Spence. The three takeaways were the most they've had in a game this season.

The Steelers did have one sack but remain a poor source of those this year, tying with the Bengals for 23rd with 10. Because their DST has thrived only in games in which it's gotten a touchdown, it remains a risky start in Fantasy.

With the Steelers facing the Colts, the league's No. 1 offense, in Week 8, you should avoid the Steelers DST in Fantasy.

Texans allow 30 points again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:55 pm ET) After allowing 33 points Week 6 against Indianapolis, the Texans allowed 30 Week 7 at Pittsburgh. But while their struggles were to be expected against a Colts offense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL, at least in terms of yardage, the same can't be said for their matchup against the Steelers, who scored 10 points against the Browns in Week 6 and 17 against the Jaguars in Week 5.

Because turnovers kept putting the Steelers in good field position, the Texans allowed 328 yards, only 12 away from their season low. They recorded three sacks, equaling a season high met twice previously, but their only takeaway was a fumble recovery in the first quarter.

The Texans haven't had a favorable schedule of late, but their DST has mostly held its own. Again, the 30 points given up in this one was as much the fault of the offense. With an appealing matchup Week 8 at Tennessee, the Texans DST is an advisable play in Fantasy.

Report: Raiders safety Usama Young suffers torn ACL, MCL
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/20/2014) Raiders safety Usama Young is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL Sunday against the Cardinals, a source told ESPN. Young has totaled 23 tackles (21 solo), two pass defenses and one sack through six games.

Titans LBs Shaun Phillips, Quentin Groves dealing with injuries
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/20/2014) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday linebacker Shaun Phillips suffered a hip injury and linebacker Quentin Groves suffered an ankle injury Sunday against the Redskins. Phillips is headed for an MRI and Whisenhunt added he didn't know the status of either player for Week 8 vs. Houston.

Giants LB Jon Beason to visit foot specialist again
by Igor Mello |
(10/20/2014) Giants linebacker Jon Beason is expected to make another visit to the foot specialist this week, coach Tom Coughlin told reporters during his Monday news conference, according to the New York Daily News. Beason had only 17 defensive snaps before his toe gave out again in a Week 7 defeat to the Cowboys.

The Giants have a bye week before returning to action Week 9 against Indianapolis.

Titans DE Ropati Pitoitua seeking a cast for broken finger
by Igor Mello |
(10/20/2014) Titans defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, who underwent surgery to repair a broken finger earlier in the month, will visit a specialist on Tuesday about creating a cast for his finger. Pitoitua suffered the injury Week 6 and was inactive against Washington Week 7.

The Titans will host the Texans Week 8.

Colts LB Jerrell Freeman set for MRI due to hip injury
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/20/2014) Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman will undergo an MRI after suffering a hip pointer Sunday against the Bengals. Freeman had six tackles (four solo) and one pass defense during a 27-0 win Week 7.

Bengals' Marvin Lewis: LB Vontaze Burfict is 'fine'
by Igor Mello |
(10/20/2014) Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told the media during his Monday news conference that linebacker Vontaze Burfict is "fine" after leaving Sunday's game against the Indianapolis with a cervical strain, per ESPN. Burfict suffered the injury in the first half after hitting Colts quarterback Andrew Luck with his helmet. His status remains up in the air for Week 8 at home against Baltimore.

Cardinals DL Calais Campbell could practice later in the week
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/20/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he is hoping defensive end Calais Campbell, who has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, will return to practice later in the week.

Campbell has totaled 16 tackles, one sack and one interception in four games. The Cardinals play the Eagles in Week 8.

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