3 Fantasy Football Defensive Streaming Options for Week 4
Hey, it's your friendly neighborhood D/ST streaming specialist here again, giving you weekly streaming recommendations. Reminder that lines are courtesy of the FanDuel Sportsbook, and roster percentages and scores are according to ESPN's fantasy platform. Assume that the listed order is the preferred order.
This article had a fairly strong hit rate in Week 3. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went off for 19 points, while the Cleveland Browns scored a very strong 13. The Philadelphia Eagles looked atrocious but snuck in eight points while doing so. But the Los Angeles Chargers scored a forgettable four points.
Update: The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots game has been postponed and is expected to be played on Monday or Tuesday. Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play this week.
Hang On To:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The gift that keeps on giving. Maybe they're not as strong of a play as in the previous two weeks, but the Bucs are 7.5-point favorites against a rookie quarterback. They'll work in a pinch, but I would prioritize this week's top streaming option, and that is...
Los Angeles Rams
vs New York Giants
Spread: Rams -12.5
Implied Points Allowed: 17.5
Roster Percentage: 21%
I've hyped up Daniel Jones more than I care to admit, but unless he starts playing better, he's going to be a regular target for streaming defenses. With a career 7.6% sack rate and 2.8% interception rate, Jones should give the Los Angeles Rams plenty of scoring opportunities.
Last week notwithstanding, the Rams have played well on defense and should be able to build a lead forcing Danny Dimes to throw. That's exactly the scenario we're looking for.
at New York Jets
Spread: Broncos -3.0
Implied Points Allowed: 18.25
Roster Percentage: 41%
The Denver Broncos have been absolutely abysmal, and without Von Miller and Chris Harris, the defense has been no exception. Given that, it's surprising the Broncos still find themselves on 41% of rosters. That number is likely lower in highly active leagues, and it should be lower.
There's really only one team you should consider playing the Broncos against, and it just so happens to be their opponent this week -- the New York Jets. They Jets are historically bad, and any defense is a streaming option against them. Granted, the Broncos are a bit riskier than most as they're nearly equally bad and are deciding between a second- and third-string quarterback.
But Denver is a solid stream this week.
Kansas City Chiefs
vs. New England Patriots
Spread: Chiefs -7
Implied Points Allowed: Not Yet Updated
Roster Percentage: 19%
Cam Newton has played well this year and doesn't take sacks at quite the same rate as many of his mobile peers. Still, targeting defenses that are heavy favorites is usually the way to go. You just have to hope for something to go wrong as the New England Patriots are in catch-up mode.
It's not a strong week for defensive streaming, so we have to settle for only one box being checked.
Bonus: New York Jets
I always try to include a defense on fewer than 10 percent of rosters. Because the fantasy football community doesn't hate itself quite that much yet, the Jets meet that criteria. Like I said, it's a tough week. If you play the Jets, you just have to hope the sportsbooks chose wrong (or that the Broncos want Trevor Lawrence more).
Here's to hoping you have a better option.