In My Defense: Week #5 D/ST Streams
D/ST Streamers – Week #5
Below are three streaming options for the DST slot in Week 5, but before we go ahead, there’s a few DSTs that are highly owned in fantasy leagues, but you should double check your waiver wire to see if they’re somehow available. The New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans as the biggest favorite of the week, and we all know Bill Belichick’s track record against rookie QBs. The Denver Broncos are taking on the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers in a game with an extremely low Over/Under of only 39 points. Last week the Patriots played the Bucs, and the Broncos played the Ravens, so there’s a chance they were dropped last week and are available.
Dallas Cowboys – After owning the league’s worst defense last season, the Cowboys have gotten an immediate return on investment from new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. The Dallas defense still ranks near the bottom of the league in passing yards allowed, but currently ranks 6th in rushing defense, and is averaging over 2 sacks and 2.5 turnovers per game. These splash plays are the key component for a DST generating fantasy points. While Dallas is in the middle of the pack, allowing 24 points per game, the Dallas DST currently ranks 5th on the season in fantasy points. I’m sure Dallas is still widely available because of the stench of their horrid defense last season. This week they’re 7-point home favorites against the New York Giants, who have middle of the pack offensively. Daniel Jones has seemingly gotten better at holding on to the ball this year, but the Giants are still averaging almost a turnover per game and 2 sacks per contest. Heavy home favorites tend to lead to strong fantasy games for the defense, and I expect the Dallas DST to force a few extra Daniel Jones turnovers this week.
Las Vegas Raiders – Another defense that has seemingly improved from last season is Las Vegas. After being one of the league’s worst last season, they’ve worked their way into the middle of the pack in 2021. This season the Raiders are allowing 25 points per game, and averaging 2 sacks and a turnover each contest, which all rank in the middle of the league, a major improvement from 2020. The reason I like the Raiders this week is because they’re 5.5-point home favorites against the Bears in a game with a modestly low Over/under of only 44 points. While rookie QB Justin Fields looked much improved last week, versus the abysmal Week 3 game against the Browns, the Chicago offense still only mustered 24 points and 373 total yards of offense against the lowly Detroit defense. The Bears’ offensive line is still a major problem, so I think there’s a good chance Las Vegas garners a few sacks and turnovers at home against the rookie QB.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings’ defense has seemingly improved each week of the season and have been making more of the splashy plays that get fantasy points. Over the last three games they’re averaging 2.7 sacks and 0.7 turnovers in each contest. Those numbers might not pop off the page at first glance, but they seem to be trending up through the first four weeks. Additionally, the Vikings have had a tough schedule to open the season, taking on the Bengals, Cardinals and Seahawks in the first three weeks. The task was a bit easier last week against the Browns, where they only allowed 14 points and sacked Mayfield 3 times. This week Minnesota is tied for the second highest favorite, as a 9-point home favorite against the Lions in a game with a 49-point Over/Under, meaning the Lions only have an implied team total of 20 points. Detroit is middle to bottom tier in splash plays, giving up 2.5 sacks and 1.2 turnovers per game, which ranks 18th and 19th respectively.
I hope this article helped you and as always, stay true.