by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It’s always tough in Week 1, especially since ownership percentages aren’t really set yet as drafts continue to rage on. For now, we are going to go with defenses that are generally ranked outside the Top 15 entering the season (though make sure to check your waiver wire):
New York Jets vs. Oakland
The Jets have been known as a defensive team the last few seasons, thanks to the presence of Rex Ryan. While there are definitely questions heading into the year, the problem is the secondary and not the front seven. Lucky for them (and fantasy owners), the Raiders’ passing game isn’t going to instill much fear, even with rookie Derek Carr getting the starting nod.
Does anyone think he could make a major impact in his first career start? With a 1-2 running back punch of Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, something that this Jets’ front could easily contain, this is a favorable matchup for Gang Green.
That’s not to say that there isn’t some risk, but as far as risks worth taking it’s hard to knock the Jets at this point.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville
The Eagles could have a decent defense this season, and one that is a potentially streamer in any given week. Taking on the potentially inept Jacksonville Jaguars? Sounds like a good place to start.
They have questions up and down their offense, from quarterback (Chad Henne or Blake Bortles) to running back (Toby Gerhart) to a receiving corps that is likely anchored by a couple of rookies and the seemingly always inured Cecil Shorts. It could be another long year for the Jaguars.
What are your thoughts of these two defenses? Who else are you considering streaming?
Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings: