Defense Streaming: Week 5

Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly

Defense streaming is now widely seen as the best way to utilize the DST spot on your roster. It certainly is not the only way to do it. However, it is perhaps the best way to consistently get a top-10 DST on your roster each week. The other option often involves spending a single-digit round pick on a defense. That is not something I am not willing to do outside of extremely deep leagues.

Week 4 was somewhat disappointing. The Browns gave up nearly double the amount of points they had given up in any other game. The Seahawks and Cardinals just bored everyone to death with their game. The Green Bay Packers were a success story, shutting out the Buffalo Bills, getting seven sacks and turning the ball over three times.

For this article I will look to pick defenses that are under 70% owned. All ownership is prior to waivers running Wednesday.

Denver Broncos @ New York Jets (64% owned)

Since putting up 12 points in Week 1 the Broncos defense has just 11 more fantasy points. After forcing three turnovers in Week 1 they have not taken another ball away. However, they caused the Kansas City Chiefs offense fits on Monday night, which is not easy to do. Now they get to face Sam Darnold who has struggled since his own Week 1 performance. Playing on the road is not ideal, given how much their crowd helps them but both the Browns and Dolphins defenses have managed to go into New York and be successful against the Jets offense.

Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants (43% owned)

So far the Panthers have had two double digit performances and a poor showing against the Falcons. This week they face the New York Giants, who just made the woeful Saints defense look like world beaters. The Panthers picked off Andy Dalton four times in Week 3 and they could be in line to repeat that against Eli Manning and his bad offensive line.

Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills (20%)

If the Titans can keep the Eagles to 23 and the Jaguars to six points then there is every chance they hand the Bills their second shutout in a row. The Packers sacked Josh Allen seven times last week and forced three turnovers. The Titans have forced at least one turnover a week and have averaged nine fantasy points per week on Yahoo. We might see good Josh Allen again but I would lean towards the one we saw in Green Bay as opposed to the one from Minnesota.


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