Looking for a defense to stream this week? Let’s take a look at some of the potential options:
Yahoo – 9%, ESPN – 4.3%
Their Week 5 matchup with the Tennessee Titans, who will enter averaging 20.2 points per game and without starting quarterback Jake Locker, is an attractive one. Sure, Chris Johnson did show signs of life in Week 4, but the Vikings are among the 10 best run defenses in the league, averaging 85.2 rushing yards per game. We also will have to monitor the news on Kenny Britt, who missed Week 4. If he is out again, this matchup gets that much better.
The Vikings may not intercept many passes (1), but they are seventh in the league with 12 sacks and have recovered 4 fumbles. Thrown in only 18 points against per game, and Minnesota’s defense is a little bit more than just a matchup play.
They also have one of the biggest special play weapons in the NFL in Percy Harvin, making them that much more attractive. The Vikings actually returned a pair of kicks in Week 4, and also have blocked a pair of kicks this season. Granted, the Titans have not allowed a return touchdown since 2010, so it is not something you want to count on. That said, the potential definitely helps.
Yahoo – 26%, ESPN – 14.8%
Granted the Dolphins offense just erupted in the passing game, but do we really expect them to be able to replicate that performance? The Bengals passing defense is middle of the pack, but Ryan Tannehill is a rookie QB and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some inconsistency.
That said, the Bengals are allowing over 130 rushing yards per game, so seeing Reggie Bush ad company gash them would not be a big surprise (assuming Bush is healthy). That threat makes them a low-end recommendation.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: