Originally posted: October 10, 2017
Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of Yahoo fantasy leagues to be eligible as a streaming option. This ensures we are talking about defenses readily available.
Last week, the Eagles were our top scoring defense with 10 fantasy points against the Cardinals and finished as the DST5 in most formats. In Week 5, our targets averaged nearly 7 points and, overall, our streaming picks are averaging 10.5 FP/game.
Continue to target a defense with a home matchup or facing a below average or rookie QB or making a long road trip. Week 6 is here, so let’s look the defensive options we’re targeting this week:
Washington Redskins vs. SF
The Redskins are coming off their bye with a favorable home tilt against the 49ers. The Niners will be making the time-zone change heading into the nation’s capital.
Rookie Jonathan Allen leads the defensive line with a sack and has four QB hits. He’s getting pressure and should find some soft matchups against the 49’ers offensive line. Junior Gallette has a half-sack of his own and four QB hits as well.
Zach Brown leads the team in tackles and has a near 20% tackle share. He’s a threat to make plays around the ball and has three tackles for loss. Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith are the big pass rushers, as they have combined for 6.5 sacks and 10 QB hits. Kerrigan also has an INT and forced fumble.
Kendall Fuller has an INT and two defended passes and he’s also a threat to force a fumble. DJ Swearinger is a big hitter at safety that has the upside to cause turnovers.
Brian Hoyer isn’t going to be confused with Joe Montana and the Redskins are an aggressive defense that will get after the QB. They should be readily available in 96 percent of leagues and face a 49ers offense that’s giving up the 13th-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Atlanta Falcons vs. MIA
The Falcons are another team coming off the bye week and enjoying some home cooking against the Dolphins.
Brooks Reed entered the bye after a solid performance in Week 4 where he tallied seven tackles and a sack. Adrian Clayborn has two sacks himself on the season, while also producing five QB hits. The Falcons line should take advantage of Laremy Tunsil, who’s been responsible for two sacks and 12 total QB pressures.
Deion Jones leads the team in tackles and has been close to producing turnovers with two defended passes.
Keanu Neal has gotten off to a slow start at safety, but he’s a threat to produce turnovers with his big hit ability. Brian Poole has defended three passes and Desmond Trufant has an INT and four defended passes.
Jay Cutler has been sacked nine times while also throwing two picks. The Falcons are another defense freely available in 79 percent of leagues and the Dolphins rank 31st in aFPA to opposing defenses.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ ARI
The Bucs make the trip to the desert to take on an inconsistent Arizona offense. Tampa has enough weapons on defense to throw Carson Palmer off his game.
For as talented a defensive line the Bucs have, they’ve combined just for three sacks, but matchups with John Wetzel and Jared Veldheer should help their cause this week—they’ve been responsible for an astounding 54 QB pressures. Robert Ayers has been close to recording sacks and has seven QB hits. Noah Spence, Gerald McCoy, and Clinton McDonald have recorded the sacks for TB’s line.
The Bucs have missed Kwon Alexander and LaVonte David. Kendell Beckwith has been filling in at MIKE as Tampa’s defensive playcaller.
Hopefully, the Bucs defense gets TJ Ward back this week. They could use his presence in coverage and near the line of scrimmage. Justin Evans and Robert McClain have the two INTs in the secondary.
Arizona’s offensive line has struggled to keep Carson Palmer clean and it’s led to sacks (17) and errant throws. Tampa’s defense is available in 88 percent of leagues this week and faces off against a Cardinals team ranked 27th in aFPA to opposing defenses.
Tennessee Titans vs. IND
The Colts are playing decent football and it appears that Andrew Luck won’t be back until November. Jacoby Brissett isn’t exactly setting the world on fire with his play.
Jurrell Casey recorded his second sack of the season in Week 5, and is a threat to generate pressure anywhere on the line.
Derrick Morgan leads the linebacker group in sacks with three and his partner, Brian Orakpo, is also a threat to generate pressure. Wesley Woodyard has been solid at the inside, producing tackles.
Kevin Byard has stepped in for the injured Jonathan Cyprien admirably. He’s been responsible for an INT and four defended passes while also generating two QB hits.
The Titans should be available in nearly 90 percent of leagues this week and face a Colts team allowing the most schedule-adjusted points to opposing defenses.
Baltimore Ravens vs. CHI – Baltimore is home and has a solid matchup. Terrell Suggs is always a threat for sacks and CJ Mosley can produce turnovers. The Bears are allowing the fourth-most schedule-adjusted points to opposing defenses.
New Orleans Saints vs. DET – The Saints coming off the bye week and at home against a Lionsteam ranked 23rd in aFPA to opposing defenses.
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