Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 3 (2023)
Another great week to start the season for the Streamable Defenses of the Week. Our top suggestion in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished as the DST2 and if it wasn’t for the scoop-and-score by TJ Watt late on Monday Night, they very well could have been the top scoring defense of the week. However, the season is just getting started and there's still a lot of work to be done. Let’s get into Week 3!
I’m one to never invest a high draft stock into team defenses. I play the waiver wire every single week to find my D/ST for the upcoming week. Due to this, I find myself never drafting a defense and waiting for just before the start of Week 1 to grab my first defense of the season. This is where this series comes into play. Every week I will be suggesting my favorite three team defenses that are regularly available on waiver wires across most formats. I will also keep a running total of how my selections measure up across the season below.
The premise of this article is to bring forth three streamable defenses that fantasy football players should look to use for that respective week. To qualify for this series, defenses must be owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. At least one of the suggested defenses will be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues to cater to as many fantasy players as possible. You can find last week’s results below and previous week’s results at the bottom of this article.
The Buccaneers held Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears to just 17 points. The Bucs’ defense recorded six sacks on Fields while intercepting him once. The big difference for the Buccaneers was the pick-six they recorded. That goes a long way for fantasy football results. The New York Giants were my middle suggestion and boy did they look bad. Although the Giants came back from a massive deficit, they still recorded negative-one fantasy points by allowing the Cardinals to score 28 points without recording a single sack or takeaway. The Colts rounded out the week as our less than ten-percent owned selection and they posted nine fantasy points against the Houston Texans. The Colts sacked C.J. Stroud six times and recovered a fumble while allowing 20 points.
Week 2 Results
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears - 17 Points
New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals - -1 Point
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans - 9 Points
Top Suggestion - D/ST3
Middle Suggestion - D/ST31
Under 10% Owned Suggestion - D/ST5
Week 3 Suggestions
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears (Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 9.8% of ESPN Leagues)
I know the Chiefs are owned in more than 40-percent of Yahoo leagues but are owned in less than ten-percent of ESPN leagues so I’m allowing it. Essentially, I’m following this Bears’ offense around in this series until they can prove to be even a bit competent. The Chiefs allowed just nine points to Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars last week while recording four sacks. The big difference between Week 1 and Week 2 was the return of Chris Jones who the Chiefs finally paid. The Bears allowed the Buccaneers to record 17 fantasy points last week and have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing defenses through the first two weeks.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans (Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 12.2% of ESPN Leagues)
The Jaguars held Patrick Mahomes and company to just 17 points last week while recording three takeaways. Now they get the Houston Texans who are a fifth of the Chiefs' offense. Houston hasn’t allowed a ton of fantasy points to opposing defenses to start the season (11th most) but are right there knocking on the door of the top ten. Stroud was sacked six times last week as well. The Jaguars already have two interceptions and four fumble recoveries through the first two weeks. I don’t see them slowing down with the Texans in town.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers (Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 4.9% of ESPN Leagues)
The Panthers’ offense is awful. They’ve scored a combined 27 points through their first two games. They have also allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing defenses to start the season. Now they visit Seattle in one of the best home field advantages in the league. The Seahawks are fresh off an impressive victory over the Detroit Lions so morale is high as well. The Seahawks’ defense has allowed 61 points through the first two games of the season but have played some good offenses in the Rams and Lions. Look for them this week to settle into things against a bad Panthers’ offense.