The best defenses to stream in fantasy in Week 3

Mike Tagliere hunts down some lesser-owned defenses with decent situations for Week 3.

| 3 months ago
Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy

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The best defenses to stream in fantasy in Week 3


It wasn’t a great week to stream defenses in Week 2, as five of the top six scoring defenses were owned on 80 percent of teams. The only team that didn’t fit that criteria was the New York Giants, who were at home against Drew Brees. If you thought it was a good idea to play them, reach out to me, because you must have a crystal ball.

Week 3 doesn’t look much better for the lesser-owned defenses, but we need to find the best defense available in at least 40 percent of leagues. The idea is to avoid giving you the defenses that people will not drop, like Seattle, Carolina, Houston, Arizona, Denver, etc. We will also consider the defenses who might have been dropped because of a bad matchup the prior week.

Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Denver)

I was surprised to see the Bengals sitting there at less than 60 percent owned, but they fall into the area where they may have been dropped due to their matchup against the Steelers in Week 2. They didn’t only lose pieces on their offense this offseason, but they also lost their slot cornerback Leon Hall, and have been missing suspended Vontae Burfict the last two games. That suspension will last one more game, but against the Broncos, they shouldn’t really need him.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

  • ebrian

    Results from last week’s advice:
    Oakland Raiders: -7 fantasy points in my league
    New York Jets: +2 fantasy points
    Green Bay Packers: +18 fantasy points
    Jacksonville Jaguars: -4

    Comments: Obviously there’s probably a discrepancy between Mike’s projections and my league’s scoring settings but I think the lesson learned here is that streaming defenses is not for the faint of heart!

  • RyMat

    miami seems optimal considering they are facing the 3rd string Browns QB, 10pt home favs, and have garnered some degree of pass rush the last 2weeks. So obvious it has to fail.