Streaming Defense – Week 3

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you are a fantasy footballer who likes to stream his/her defense, let’s take a look at the best options for the NFL’s second week:

Best Gamble
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
This is a perfect combination of a defense that has been playing well taking on an offense that has looked inept. The Jets lack true “skill” players, at least ones that are going to scare you. Sure, there’s some upside in Chris Ivory and Geno Smith, but they are far from a lock to produce.

As for Buffalo, they’ve already racked up 8 sacks, including six in Week 2 against Cam Newton and the Panthers. With Smith already taking 9 sacks, as well as throwing 4 INT, it should be a perfect match for the Bills to feast on.  They are well worth the pickup for this week to plug into your lineup.

Other Options
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland
The Browns do get a potential boost from the return of Josh Gordon, but with Brian Boyer under center it probably won’t matter for the Browns’ passing game. Throw in the struggles of Trent Richardson early on, something that easily could continue with opposing defenses keying in on him, and there isn’t much hope for Cleveland’s offense. Minnesota’s defense hasn’t been stellar (1 sack, 3 interceptions), but the matchup is awfully appealing.

Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego
The Chargers have been able to produce, thus far, but their receiving corps is thin and their running backs are far from guarantees to produce. Tennessee has already put up 7 sacks and 3 interceptions, so if you are in need they could be worth rolling the dice on.

What are your thoughts of these options?  Which defense are you looking to stream this week?

Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings:

Waiver Worthy: Thaddeus Lewis Starting For Buffalo... What's The Fallout?
Three Buy Low Wide Receivers


  1. Cody says:

    I just picked up Bill’s D, I’m starting em’ over Cincy (vs. GB). I’m glad you came out with this article, reassuring my pick. If you have any debates on my decision; I’m open for opinions. I simply believe Buffalo will do better vs Jets – than Cincy D (Lovin’ the D-Line though!) vs. Packs. LMK what you think?

  2. Randy says:

    I have looked at DEF/ST rankings everywhere, and I’m still the only one who thought the Jets were a good streaming option this week. Their offense stinks, but they get a rookie QB making his first start on the road, and the Jets seemed to hold their own against the Patriots and had extra time to prepare. What do you think?

    • I don’t think it’s a terrible option and I actually have them ranked 15th this week (to be posted this morning). I honestly just trust these other options more. While they looked good against the Patriots, a lot of that also had to so with Nw England.

  3. James A says:

    I have Baltimore, but Tampa and Minnesota are both available.

    I’d like to have a “long-term” defense, but I’m not sure if any of those three qualify. Tampa Bay has been playing really well, though.


  4. RG says:

    Nome of them are available in my league. The best options available acording to the rankings are: browns, rams, falcons, saints… Should I get rams?

  5. Grant says:

    I think now the Richardson is not on the Browns, the Vikings are the easy choice to stream. 3rd string QB, backup RB. Glad I picked them up this week.

  6. Whisper says:

    So I’m stuck on Tampa bay , New Orleans, or the Tennessee…

    And maybe Kansas City ? Just don’t wanna follow the hype on them yet….

    Tampa has been good but going against Brady with his boy maybe back from injury

    New Orleans defense looks pretty good

    Titans looks good but going against chargers whose been goin off lately..

    What you think? I’m in need of help!

    • I actually like Tennessee of that group for this week. They have 7 sacks and 3 INT over the first two games and, while Rivers has played well early, he’s hardly a guarantee. The wide receiving corps is a no lock to continue producing and the running game isn’t going to scare you. T me they are the best gamble.

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