Fantasy Football Position Streaming
Written By: Josh Crocker – Follow Josh on Twitter @jccrocker
While it is nice to win the DST lottery and have the squad that runs back a punt and gets a pick 6, that’s really pretty unpredictable. I’m mostly looking for a D/ST that won’t ruin my week and has a chance to put up some difference making points. Here are what I’d consider to be your top 3 options.
Lions v Ten
47.5 point over under 6 point favorites
TEN expected to score 20.75
The Lions are coming in hot, at home, and favored. They faced a very different opponent last week in the Colts, but I think week 2 will be a good week to be a Lion. If their multi-headed attack continues to be as effective, the Titans may be forced to throw to attempt to keep up and we saw the product of that in week 1. I’m really not suggesting that Mariota is a turnover machine. In 2015 he was actually pretty safe throwing a pick only once every 72 attempts. But as I said earlier, I don’t see any way that last week’s mistakes shape up to be negative for the Lions in week 2. Even if the Titans have their way, I think we’ll see ball control and a lower scoring, keep Stafford off the field, approach that isn’t likely to put up a lot of points against this Lions D.
Bears v PHI
42.5 point over under 3 point favorites
PHI expected to score 19.75
As much fun as it is to watch a young player like Wentz burst onto the scene, I will be less than surprised to see him take a couple of steps back. This Bears defense did a pretty honorable job defending a Houston offense that is suddenly full of top notch weapons. Their front 7 looks like it could be sneaky good. Put this newly formed Eagles offense on the road, possibly behind and we may see the wheels come off for a quarter or two. The over under is pretty nice as well. The Bears are at home and favored in what Vegas expects to be a low scoring game.
Bills v NYJ
40.5 point over under 1 point underdogs
NYJ expected to score 20.75
It’s Thursday night, and smart money is probably on the under. However, I’m not relying on this narrative to make this pick. Last week we saw the Jets face decent secondary in the Bengals. As a result Brandon Marshall saw only 8 targets and if not for the TD, Decker owners wouldn’t have been too happy either. The Jets turned to manufacturing touches for Enunwa and using Forte as a workhorse. These are just not weapons that frighten me out of streaming a defense. Fitzpatrick did not look great. He missed Marshal in the end zone and I would contend that that “drop” Marshal had on the last drive was behind him.
Combine this offense with a run heavy Bills attack and I don’t think these two teams blow the lid off this over under. I like the Jets D in this game quite a bit more, to be honest, but they’re owned in about 61% of ESPN leagues. Both defenses could hold their own here.
Written By: Josh Crocker – Josh can be found on Twitter @jccrocker