NFL 2021: Week 3 Defense Streamers

There are plenty of tasty matchups in Week Three for defenses.  The problem is that most of them are owned above 55% and so are not an option. 

Here are three that are an option:

Tennessee Titans v Indianapolis Colts, Titans ownership: Yahoo 11%, ESPN 5%

It is not that we have tremendous faith in the Tennessee defense.  The Titans have surrendered 632 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns, and three rushing touchdowns in two weeks. 

Of course, those were against healthy, veteran quarterbacks.  The Colts will limp into Week 3 with Carson Wentz under center with two bad ankles, or second-year quarterback, Jacob Eason.  Neither is optimal. 

In Week 1, a seemingly healthy Wentz was sacked three times by the Seattle Seahawks defense.  Last week, Eason threw his first five NFL passes.  He completed two of the passes and had one interception. 

Nope, this is about the Titans taking advantage of a bad situation to make fantasy good for you.

Las Vegas Raiders v Miami Dolphins, Raiders ownership: Yahoo 40%, ESPN 26%

Now is the time to board the Raiders’ train.  Yes, this is a great week, as Jacoby Brissett will fill in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa. 

Brissett went in to play last week, and he was sacked, intercepted, and the offense led by him scored no points. 

Now, he will go against arguably one of the most improved defenses in the NFL.  Edge rusher, Maxx Crosby, owns 19 pressures, while cornerback, Casey Hayward, has the highest coverage grade amongst cornerbacks, per Pro Football Focus.

The Raiders are fourth in the league in pressure rate and plus two in team turnover differential.

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This really isn’t a good time to pull out the second-string quarterback if you are the Dolphins.

Arizona Cardinals @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Cardinals ownership Yahoo: 55%, ESPN 53%

Yep, I am hedging slightly on this one, but hey, there is still a 47% chance you can grab the Cardinals offense (I did).

Quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, is currently sporting a 50% completion rate.  In two games, he has five interceptions, two sacks, and four touchdowns.  His QBR is 57.1%, and his yards per attempt is a pedestrian 5.36.

Enter a Cardinals’ defense that has accumulated one interception and a hefty seven sacks, in two games.  This defense is ranked eighth in pass defense DVOA.

Lawrence has a 31.3% pressured completion percentage. Look for Chandler Jones to feed often.  

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