Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 6
Whether it’s your college re-draft league, your intense dynasty team, or daily tournaments, the golden rule in fantasy football is to never break the bank for a defense.
As the most volatile position in fantasy football, nearly every defense in the league is a viable starting option for a given week. In daily fantasy, creating new rosters and therefore selecting new defenses is the name of the game. In other formats, over-drafting a defense or sticking with the same unit for an entire season is more like shooting yourself in the foot. With that approach, you’re simply not squeezing the position for all it’s worth.
Take these fun numbers from last season for example:
- Every one of the league’s 32 defenses posted at least two top-12 finishes
- 28 of the league’s 32 defenses posted at least one top-five finish
- 22 defenses recorded at least two top-5 finishes
There’s value to be had with every defense. Knowing who to play and when to play‘em is the key.
Using a rough criteria consisting of everything from turnover opportunities to betting lines, GX will help you manage fantasy football’s most volatile position by bringing you the top streaming defensive options each week for the entire season.
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If you stuck with it long enough, last week was our best payoff for defensive streamers this season, as the five plays averaged better than 13 ppg. Believe it or not, it was the Seahawks that couldn’t manage a turnover against the Redskins, thus pulling down the average with only a two-point performance.
This week we’ll continue to ride waves like the San Diego Chargers and going against Jacksonville. The Bolts are quietly throwing together one helluva season (hopefully, you threw a little down on their 40/1 odds to start the season) and last week marked five consecutive games in which defenses have posted double-digit totals against the Jaguars.
Off to Week 6, where we’re falling in love with road dogs…
San Diego (@ Oakland)
Don’t look now, but the Bolts are a force to be reckoned with. Philip Rivers is playing the quarterback position as well as anyone and the San Diego defense is giving fantasy owners nearly 10 fantasy points a week on average.
This week they head to Oakland to take on a winless Raiders team, fresh off firing their head coach, a 24-point loss to the Dolphins in London and a much needed week off.
If the Chargers haven’t been scooped from the waiver wire already, don’t waste anytime in making them yours. The Raiders have nine turnovers on the season so far and they won’t be shy with donations to San Diego this Sunday.
As for daily formats, the Chargers will set you back $3,400 as the second-highest priced defense over at DraftKings, but it’s worth it. After tallying sacks and turnovers following what should be a Chargers win on Sunday, it’s hard to imagine anything less than 10 points out of the San Diego defense this week.
Denver (@ NYJ)
This has more to do with the Jets than it does the Broncos, but the Denver defense can be had for a reasonable price this week ($3,100) going up against an ugly, banged up New York offense.
Even if Eric Decker is available to go against his old team, it’s tough to say how effective he’ll be. Outside of Decker, the likes of Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson are easily manageable receiving “threats” in the eyes of the Denver defense.
This Broncos defense will rack up a handful of sacks this week and should haul in a couple of interceptions too.
Detroit (@ MIN)
Rookie QB’s are more likely to force the ball in key situations in a game over a more experienced veteran quarterback. In Detroit’s case, having such a stout run Defense will put extra pressure on Teddy Bridgewater (or whatever Vikings QB actually plays) this weekend. With there being an added chance that Calvin Johnson sits this week out, the team will also rally to help bail out their offense as their star player won’t be around to carry them. I expect the Lions to put up solid numbers this week in the sack and INT department.
Philly (vs. NYG)
Say what you want about the Eagles struggling offense, but the teams defense and special teams has scored 79 points this season. The offense has only mustard 77. This game is prime time against a divisional opponent that has been talking smack all week. The Eagles may give up a ton of yardage, but they are great at capitalizing on mistakes.
Shae hails from Maryland, graduated from Towson University, serves as a Redskins correspondent at Bleacher Report, leads his own circus at Bet Big DC, yells at the television from the couch, is a devout food enthusiast, takes pride in fantasy sports bargain shopping, is a sucker for the arts and is brimming with useless pop culture knowledge. When he’s not drudging away behind his outdated laptop, Shae enjoys eating, traveling and rooting for teams that usually don’t win.