We are way past the point of no return in fantasy football, and the bye weeks may be causing havoc on some of our strategies. But streaming defenses never goes out of style.
Teams on a bye this week: Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets
NEW YORK GIANTS, ROSTERED 42%
The Giants will be playing the Philadelphia Eagles this week. This is a game where both teams are “viable” for the playoffs in this division. The Eagles are coming off a bye and before the bye week, Pro Football Focus had Carson Wentz graded out as a bottom ten quarterback in completion percentage, yards per pass attempt and quarterback rating. Add to that the 12 interceptions and this looks like a game the Giants’ defense can rack up some fantasy points.
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DETROIT LIONS, ROSTERED 2%
There is a reason the Lions are only rostered on two percent of fantasy teams. But there is also a time for everything. The Lions are currently ranked 18th against the pass, allowing 243.9 passing yards per game. They are 30th against the run, allowing 148.1 average rushing yards per game.
Enough about them, this is actually about the Washington Football Team, their next opponent. It appears that Alex Smith will be under center. This is a great story but I cannot be the only one who winces each and every time he gets the ball. Smith (and understandably so) checks down on 18% of his plays. The only real winner here is J.D. McKissic.
Washington’s offense is ranked 29th in rushing yards per game and 26th in passing yards per game. The Lions are an option although deep down there is always that persistent feeling that Matt Patricia will find a way to mess this up.
GREEN BAY PACKERS, 37% ROSTERED
The Packers’ defense is over shadowed by the juggernaut that is Aaron Rodgers’ offense. But the defense is holding its own. They are 18th against the pass, allowing 243.9 average passing yards a game and 12th against the run giving up an average of 111 rushing yards per game.
This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars will try to keep up with second game starter, Jake Luton. Here is the skinny: Luton held his own last week against the Houston Texans. He passed for 304 yards, one touchdown, one interception and two sacks. Now he will be asked to go to Lambeau Field and try to keep up with the Packers, whose offense averages 31.6 points a game (3rd).
It’s a daunting feat and one that is certain to cause many mistakes.
Good Luck! May your fantasy dreams come true. (It is really cool that Blake Martinez serves two functions in photo! HAPPY FRIDAY 13th!!)