by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It’s Week 2, so we should assume everything we learned in the opening games is 100% accurate, right? It’s impossible to “know” anything, as we all have learned how volatile NFL teams can be from year to year (or even week to week). With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 2? Let’s take a look:
Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
ESPN – 10.4%, Yahoo! – 15%
While it’s easy to chalk up the Titans’ Week 1 success to the opponent (notably Jameis Winston making his NFL debut), just how scary is Cleveland’s offense? They allowed 3 sacks in Week 1, have Johnny Manziel likely starting at quarterback (as well as lacking a true top wide receiver) and a questionable running game (until Duke Johnson emerges). What exactly is there to be scared of?
The Titans, meanwhile, had 4 sacks and 2 interceptions in Week 1 and could easily continue the trend in both categories this week. They also allowed 14 points, and does anyone really believe that the Browns can put up many points regardless of the defense they are playing?
Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee
ESPN – 13.3%, Yahoo! – 18%
While the Titans offense was clicking in Week 1, they came up with a smart game plan and put Marcus Mariota in situations he could thrive in. It’s possible that they caught the Buccaneers off guard, but the Browns have seen the offense and are going to be able to prepare for it. That should mean significantly different results and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some growing pains for the #2 overall draft pick.
The Browns biggest issue against the Jets was stopping the run (154 yards, 2 TD), though does the Titans’ running game scare you? Bishop Sankey? Terrance West? It’s possible they produce, but it helps ease concerns in rolling with the Browns for the desperate.
New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
ESPN – 3.8%, Yahoo! – 8%
We spoke about the Buccaneers and their struggles in Week 1. Will Winston be able to turn things around dramatically in Week 2? That’s a gamble worth taking if you are desperate. While the Saints struggled defensively in Week 1, we’d expect a pretty strong bounce back against a questionable offense.
Others to Consider:
- Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Diego
- Pittsburgh Steelers –at San Francisco
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, Yahoo!
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: