Streaming Defenses: Week 3 Targets

Sep 18, 2018
Streaming Defenses: Week 3 Targets


Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues to be eligible as a streaming option. This ensures we are talking about defenses that are readily available.

Last week, the Chicago Bears finished with 17 fantasy points and were the DST1 in most scoring formats. The Bengals put up 10 fantasy points and were the DST6. Overall, our targets averaged 10 fantasy points in Week 2.

Continue to target a defense with a home matchup who is the favorite facing a team with a low implied team total. We also want to target offenses with a below-average or rookie QB. Week 3 is in our sights, so let's look at the defensive options we're targeting this week.

Top Streaming Picks

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets

The Browns defense gets a rookie QB at home on a short turnarund. This defense has proved formidable by generating pressure and causing turnovers.

Larry Ogunjobi is coming off a two-sack game against the Saints and Myles Garrett is always a threat for multiple sacks.

The Browns were missing their defensive captain, Christian Kirksey, in Week 2. If he's not able to go, Joe Schobert is a tackling machine who can make plays on the ball. Jamie Collins and Genard Avery are their rush linebackers. They are more than able to generate pressure against the Jet's O-Line.

Denzel Ward produced two picks in Week 1 and should move around on Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa. He's shown to be a capable cover corner who can defend passes and turn the ball over.

I like the home matchup for Cleveland on the short turnaround, as it should favor them. In two games, they've generated eight turnovers, which is a recipe for fantasy success. They enter the week as 3.5 point favorites and the Jets' implied team total is just 18. If you take a look at our Defensive SOS tool, this is a matchup to take advantage of. They've held two high-octane offenses to just 42 points in two weeks.

The Browns are still available in over 90 percent of leagues.

Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders

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