One of the biggest mistakes novice fantasy players make is reaching too early in a draft for a team defense. This is a mistake for several reasons, but most importantly because you can stream the position, picking up a defense with a great matchup each week.
In this series, I’ll be highlighting the best defensive matchups with an emphasis on defenses that should be available in most leagues.
BEST STREAMING DEFENSES IN WEEK 4
New York Jets
The Jets did not have the highest point total week 3, but Avery Williamson continues to dominate with 14 tackles and two sacks. The Jets face Jacksonville this week and the matchup has the lowest point implied point total from Las Vegas Sportsbooks. The Jags are not likely available off waivers, but the Jets are still available in 64 percent of ESPN leagues. In fact, the Jets have the best rest of season schedule, and are third in total fantasy points. The Jets are a solid pickup to roll with for a few weeks, if not the rest of the season.
Also an add last week, the Cowboys struggled against Seattle, but this week they are at home and facing the Detroit Lions, who despite putting up a lot of points, also feed opposing DSTs. Matthew Stafford has been struggling to protect the ball and is tied for last place, with five interceptions so far this year. The Cowboys also have a solid matchup through the rest of the season. The Cowboys’ muted offense is not likely to encourage any shoot-outs, keeping scoring low on both sides. This game has an over/under of only 44 points, and the Cowboys are three-point favorites. The Cowboys are a good add to keep all the way through their Week 8 bye if your league is among the 61 percent in which Dallas is still on the waiver wire.
The Seahawks have the best matchup of the week against the Arizona Cardinals. Up until this week we had heard that Josh Rosen was not ready to start and that Sam Bradford was the better quarterback. Yet with only 20 points scored, the Cardinals are still the league’s worst offense. The rookie will get the start in Week 4, but we shouldn’t expect a dramatic improvement. The Seahawks defense earned 14 fantasy points last week against Dallas, forcing three turnovers, but are available in nearly 93 percent of ESPN leagues. Play the matchup and take the hawks, but after this week Seattle faces some tougher opponents so I would prefer one of the above options.
Green Bay Packers
I know it didn’t work out so well for Minnesota in Week 3, but I can’t imagine Josh Allen and the Bills can pull off another upset. The Bills have the fourth-lowest points scored through three weeks even after scoring 27 last week. I expect the Bills to regress hard against the Green Bay Packers. The Bills have the second lowest implied Vegas total and the Packers — who are rostered in only 12 percent of ESPN leagues — are a solid streaming option.