Streamable Defenses - Week 7
Just as predicted, the Miami Dolphins’ defense went off against the dreadful New York Jets this week, making our top streamable defense of the week a great play. Washington didn’t do all that bad and we’ll not mention that Packers’ game and defense. 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 Miami Dolphins shutout the New York Jets while recording three sacks and an interception in route to a 15 fantasy point performance. Like I stated in last week’s article, a common trend in this series is to follow that Jets’ offense around if possible. Washington allowed just 14 points to the Giants and recorded a takeaway, scoring four points. The Packers really let us down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s not even worth mentioning that game here. Let’s move onto Week 7.
Week 6 Results
Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets - 15 points
Washington Football Team at New York Giants - 4 points
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - -1 point
Week 7 Suggestions
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants - Owned in 32% of Yahoo and 15.9% of ESPN leagues
This Giants’ offense is bad, real bad. They have scored 16 or less points in four-of-six games and 20 or less points in five-of-six. This Eagles defense is not good either, but their bad out ways the bad of the New York offense. They don’t record many take-aways but do get to the quarterback often, as they currently rank fourth in the league with averaging 3.5 sacks-per-game. Daniel Jones is tied for fourth in the league as the most sacked quarterback. Combine the two and Jones is going to be hit and rushed often. On top of that, Jones has thrown six interceptions thus far this season, tied for fourth most in the league. The Giants also average a fumble per game. It’s a perfect storm for a quality Eagles’ defensive week. The Giants have also allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses thus far this season.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals - Owned in 24% of Yahoo and 19% of ESPN leagues
When these two teams teed off the first time this season on Thursday Night Football, I took the Bengals’ defense, wrongfully. Now, I’ve learned my lesson and will take the other side of the football this time around. This Browns’ defense has some great pieces such as Defensive Player of the Year front-runner Myles Garrett and top corner Denzel Ward. The Bengals have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. If we’re going to follow trends, it seems that the Browns’ defense performs well every-other-week. In Week 3, they recorded 14 fantasy points and Week 5 they posted 13. In between those two weeks they posted fantasy lines of five and one points. So if we’re following that trend and using odd week numbers for the Browns’ defense to perform, Week 7, this week, would be one. The Bengals may also be without Joe Mixon, removing their running game from this game. Look for the Browns’ defense to bounce back after a bad performance last week against the Steelers as well.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns - Owned in 3% of Yahoo and 4.3% of ESPN leagues
You know how I said I made the mistake of taking the Bengals’ defense when these two teams played prior? Well here I am, taking the Bengals again. Things are a bit different than their Week 2 meeting. Baker Mayfield was benched in favor of Case Keenum last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s not good. Do I think the team moves forward with Keenum? Absolutely not. It probably was more of an effort to ignite something in Mayfield. Either way you look at it, this team is doing what it’s done in years’ past, collapsing.
Week 1 Results
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears - 1 Point
Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos - 3 Points
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts - 6 Points
Week 2 Results
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns - -2 Points
Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots - 3 Points
Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Football Team - 9 Points
Week 3 Results
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers - 4 points
Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Football Team - 14 points
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins - 0 points
Week 4 Results
Denver Broncos at New York Jets - 6 points
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers - 1 point
New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos - 8 points
Week 5 Results
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants - 9 points
New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals - 2 points
Washington Football Team vs. Los Angeles Rams - 2 points