Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 5
Blah. It wasn’t a wash of a week but it sure wasn’t a good one for the Streamable Defenses of the Week. It’s never good when our below 10-percent owned option ends up being our top performing suggestion. I guess it could have been worse so we’ll take what we can get and move onto Week 5.
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 every fantasy player. You can find last week’s results below and previous week’s results at the bottom of this article.
The Minnesota Vikings took on the New Orleans Saints who had allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses heading into the week. The Vikings used two sacks and two fumble recoveries while allowing 25 points to record six fantasy points. The Colts recorded just three sacks to record three fantasy points. As previously mentioned, the Cardinals were our best performing suggestion from a week ago. They allowed just ten points to the Carolina Panthers while sacking and intercepting Baker Mayfield two times each and recovering a fumble.
Week 4 Results
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints - 6 Points
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans - 3 Points
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers - 12 Points
Top Suggestion - 37 Points (DST6)
Middle Suggestion - 21 Points (DST26)
Under 10-Percent Owned - 33 Points (DST10)
Week 5 Suggestions
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans (Owned in 16% of Yahoo and 5.6% of ESPN Leagues)
Don’t look now but the Jaguars are actually playing some decent football. Weird, I know. Antyhow, they take the honors as my top suggestion for Week 5. What is this, 2017? Well, this defense is far from that of 2017, but there still are some great pieces. Thus far this season, the Jags’ have not allowed more than 29 points to any opponent, even with recent games against the Los Angeles Chargers and undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. A week ago, although in a loss, the Jags’ intercepted Jalen Hurts once, sacked him twice and scored a touchdown. They are just a few weeks removed from the complete dominance of Matt Ryan and the Indianapolis Colts as well where they allowed zero points. This week they get the Houston Texans who have allowed the 17th most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Jags’ get the Texans at home as well.
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (Owned in 22% of Yahoo and 31.9% of ESPN Leagues)
The Dolphins’ defense needs to step up this week with the absence of Tua. I guess stepping up isn’t the correct term because every defense “steps up” when Zach Wilson and the New York Jets are in town. The Jets did get the best of the Pittsburgh Steelers last week in Wilson’s return however. The Jets have still allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Steelers intercepted Wilson twice last week and with a more talented secondary than Pittsburgh, let's expect the Dolphins to do much of the same.
Tennessee Titans at Washington Commanders (Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 5.6% of ESPN Leagues)
Carson Wentz has thrown five interceptions thus far this season and the Washington Commanders have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. There isn’t much more to say than that. This Titans’ defense is coming off its best performance of the season where they recorded three sacks and three turnovers against the Colts. It’ll be on the road but turnovers are part of Wentz’ and the Commanders’ game. I wouldn’t expect anything but in this matchup.