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:
San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville
The Chargers have managed just two takeaways this season (1 interception and 1 fumble recovery), but the Jaguars offense just isn’t very good. Maurice Jones-Drew is not the electric running back he once was and, while explosive, both Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are banged up. While they both could play, could you imagine how bad they’d be if both were forced to miss the game?
Jaguar quarterbacks have been sacked 22 times and thrown 11 interceptions, so maybe this is the week San Diego starts making some plays on defense. Regardless, if you are streaming defenses anyone against the Jaguars seems favorable.
Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland
The Packers defense was supposed to be good this season, though they have failed to live up to expectations and likely have been dropped in many formats. If that’s the case, now is the time to pounce.
The Browns have no running game and Brandon Weeden will once again be leading the offense. What’s not to like?
Green Bay has just two interceptions this season, but that could change in a hurry. Cleveland QB have throw 8 INT and Weeden himself had two in Week 6. He’s also been sacked 5+ times in three of his four games this season, so expecting him to get hit early and often is definitely fair.
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo
No one is going to confuse the Dolphins with one of the elite defenses in the league, but they also are better than people often give them credit for. With Thaddeus Lewis and Matt Flynn handling the Bills quarterbacking duties, as long as Miami can shutdown a banged up C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, they could be in for a big day.
Buffalo has allowed 20 sacks this season, among the most in the league. That should open up some opportunities for Miami, who is coming off their bye week and have had a chance to make te necessary adjustments.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings: