There are always good defenses available each week and week one is no exception.
Analysis: The Philly defense should be mediocre this season but they have a great matchup with the Jags in week one. Chad Henne will get the start for Jacksonville on the road. Henne recorded a 76.5 passer rating last year with a 13 to 14 TD to INT ratio. Philly will score often and force the Jags to pass a ton in the second half which means sacks and picks. The Eagles D/ST is available in 90% of fantasy leagues.
A secondary option to consider this week is the Steelers at home against the Browns. We don’t know what we are going to get with Brian Hoyer and as a “streaming specialist” that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Hoyer looked serviceable last season but had a pedestrian 82.6 passer rating with 3 interceptions and 6 sacks in 3 games. The Browns are without Josh Gordon and the Steelers are more athletic on the defensive side of the ball this season with the additions of Ryan Shazier and free agent Mike Mitchell. The Steelers D/ST is available in 85% of fantasy leagues.
Week sixteen is officially over and now it is time to take a look at our “team to stream” in week seventeen.
Analysis: This week we will take the Philly defense on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo will not be playing and Kyle Orton will be at the helm for the Cowboys. Orton has only thrown 15 passes over the last two seasons, so we will count on rust playing a huge factor this week.
The Eagles on the other hand have played great fantasy defense in three of their last four games. Chicago could have wrapped up the NFC North on Sunday night but the Philly defense recorded 5 sacks, 2 turnovers, a safety and a touchdown. The Philly defense does not have good numbers this year which can be attributed to time of possession. But the extra time on defense isn’t all that bad when it comes to sacks(17th in NFL), fumble recoveries(6th) and interceptions(8th). The Philly D/ST is available in over 90% of fantasy leagues.
The Pittsburgh defense is another unit to consider in week seventeen. The Steelers are at home against the Browns who have 15 turnovers during their current six game losing streak. The Pittsburgh defense is available in 30% of fantasy leagues.