In My Defense (week #15 D/ST stream plays)
In My Defense
This week should provide a slew of DST streaming options as at first glance it seems the Over/Under marks set for this week’s game feel a bit lower than last week. Last week I mentioned the New York Giants, Washington Football Team and San Francisco 49ers as my three stream options, and it was a bit of mixed results. The Washington Football Team shined brightest, finishing as the #1 DST option for the week. The game finished under the 43.5-point mark set by Vegas as expected and the Washington Team was boosted by 4 sacks, 1 INT, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 defensive touchdowns. On the other side of the ball the San Fran defense didn’t sink your week, but didn’t shine either, currently sitting as the #14 DST of the week. They should have been a lot higher given their offense gave up 14 of the 27 points. The Giants DST did not show up this week, currently sitting as the #22 DST of the week. The Cardinals has been struggling of late, and a trip from the West Coast to the East Coast for a 1pm game usually doesn’t bode well for the visitors. Arizona seemed to right the ship a bit this week and crushed our Giants DST stream.
Week 15 DST Streamers
Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins have been an extremely consistent, top tier DST this season ranking 11th in the NFL in sacks per game and 2nd in takeaways per game, led by stand-out CB Xavien Howard and his league leading 9 interceptions. As they should be, Miami has probably been owned in most leagues this year, but there might be a chance they’re on your waiver wire given their Week 14 matchup this past week against Kansas City. I doubt many managers had the stones to roll the Dolphins DST out there against Pat Mahomes and Co., so several owners probably dropped them for a better streaming option. Currently about 60% owned on Yahoo, check to see if the Miami DST is available. They held their own against the Chiefs, and as mentioned have been a force all year long. They take on a Patriots team that have been very generous this season; giving up about two sacks and a turnover each game, they currently give up the 13th most fantasy points to DSTs. The Patriots score only 21.3 points per game this season, and Vegas is projecting even a touch below that with an implied point total of only 19 points this week. Fire up your Miami DST at home with confidence.
Tennessee Titans –The Tennessee defense bounced back this week against Jacksonville, only allowing 10 points but they failed to make the splashy type plays for fantasy. The defense only capitalized on one sack and didn’t force any turnovers in this game. Because of this they are only the 15th DST for Week 14 and might fly a bit under the radar this week when competing with league mates on the waiver wire. This week the Titans are heavy (8.5) home favorites against the Detroit Lions in a game with a 51.5 Over/Under. Don’t be surprised if that spread gets higher towards the Titans or we see the O/U dip a bit as we wait to find out more about Matthew Stafford’s injury. With Stafford under center the Lions were giving up the 14th most points per game to DSTs, and there’s a good chance we see Chase Daniel under center this week. Detroit has been one of the NFL’s worst teams in pass protection (2.8 sacks allowed per game) and with a back-up QB this week the Titans DST should feast.
Cleveland Browns – Anyone looking ahead might have stashed the Browns DST on the bench given their matchups in Week 15 and Week 16 against the New York Giants and New York Jets respectively. However, a tough matchup against Baltimore in Week 14 means several owners probably dropped Cleveland for a more attractive option, given their 51% ownership on Yahoo. The Giants currently give up the 4th most points to DST options and do it a myriad of ways. They currently give up 3.2 sacks and 1.5 turnovers per game, and aren’t a threat to run up the score, currently averaging a measly 18.3 points per game, 31st in the NFL. This game sees Cleveland as a 3.5 road favorite with only a 45 point Over/Under, giving the Giants an implied team total of only 21 points. Giants games have hit the under for five straight weeks, and nine times total this season.
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