Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 6
I had the great debate last week if I should have made the Dallas Cowboys my top option or the Minnesota Vikings. I opted for the Vikings against the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys were the better of the two but only by two points, so it’s not all lost. It was another good week for the Streamable Defenses of the Week. We’re still a top five fantasy defense overall and our middle suggestion has topped the top half of the league. There’s more work to be done for our under 10-percent option, but let’s see what Week 6 has to offer!
If you’re anything like me, you don’t draft a defense, or wait until your very last pick. I always find it more important to use earlier selections on position players as you can find great value on the waiver wire each week for defenses. I will also keep a running total of my top, second and below 10-percent results and provide a ranking of where my results rank according to other defenses throughout the season.
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 Vikings totaled nine fantasy points on four sacks, an interception and a fumble while allowing just 17 points to the Lions. A good stat line. The Dallas Cowboys continued their run of two-interceptions-per-game through the first five weeks of the season; one of which went for a touchdown. This gave them 11 fantasy points. The risky Falcons play against the Jets in London didn’t fully pay off but a defense owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo/ESPN leagues could have been worse.
Week 5 Results
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions - 9 points
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants - 11 points
Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets - 5 points
Top Suggestion - 46 points (DST4)
Middle Suggestion - 29 points (DST14)
Under 10% Owned - 14 points (DST30)
Week 6 Suggestions
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 23.3% of ESPN leagues
There isn’t an option this week that I’m absolutely in love with. My beloved Dallas Cowboys are now owned in more than 40-percent of leagues so I can no longer suggest them. With that being said, I’m going with the Green Bay Packers as my top option for Week 6. They’ve allowed less than 22 points in three-of-five games this season. On top of that, they have recorded two turnovers in four consecutive games. Beside their Week 1 embarrassment at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, they have recorded at least six fantasy points in each game. The Packers get the Bears and Justin Fields this week, who have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 18.9% of ESPN leagues
I played the Minnesota Vikings as my top option a week ago against the Detroit Lions and I’m playing the Bengals against them this week as my second option. The Bengals aren’t the most impressive defense but the Detroit Lions aren’t the most impressive offense. The Lions have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Bengals have only recorded one takeaway in the last two games but the Lions are tied for seventh in the league in turnovers with seven. The Bengals should be good for two takeaways this week. The Lions have also allowed 14 sacks thus far this season, sixth most in the league. The Lions are also set to lose their starting center (Frank Ragnow), the quarterback of their offensive line for the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins - Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.4% of ESPN leagues
Here’s another very risky play. The Jaguars’ defense has been far from great. In the past two games, the Dolphins have scored just 17 points each. Jacoby Brissett has thrown for under 200 yards twice. The Dolphins also have eight turnovers thus far this season, tied for the fifth most in the league. If the Jaguars can continue the trend of keeping the Dolphins in check and record a takeaway or two, this suggestion will pay off.
Week 1 Results
Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets - 9 points
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals - 5 points
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans - -3 points
Week 2 Results
Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 19 points
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers - 6 points
Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings - 1 point
Week 3 Results
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans - 8 points
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins - 4 points
Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts - 3 points
Week 4 Results
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - 1 point
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets - 3 points
Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers - 8 points