If you read my article on playing the waiver wire game, you know that it is an essential part of winning your fantasy football league. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? I just told you it’s an essential part of winning your fantasy football league! Why do you hate winning?
One of the best ways to maximize your weekly scoring is to stream defenses. This strategy is simple– we aren’t as concerned about good defenses, so much as finding defenses that are playing terrible offenses. Bad offenses are more likely to keep playing bad because if they knew how to be good, they would already be good. Because of this flawless logic, I will be pointing out the best streaming options on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Football Week One Defense: Seattle (41% owned) @ Cincinnati
If Seattle’s defense wasn’t on your radar before, they should be now. Last year, they were a top-ten fantasy defense. This year, they just traded for Jadaveon Clowney, one of the best edge rushers in football. Seattle already had a lot of talent and depth on their defense, but Clowney provides them with a difference-maker on their D-line. Moreover, they are playing a Cincinnati Bengals offense that is missing its best receiver in A.J. Green and has lost a lot of talent on their offensive line. If you are looking for a week one defense with a great match-up on the waiver wire, the Seahawks should be your number one target.
Fantasy Football Week One Defense: New York Jets (15% owned) @ Buffalo
If you are looking for a Hail Mary fantasy football play with a starting defense, the New York Jets are a solid option. Adding Quinnen Williams, the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, to a defensive line that already has Leonard Williams make the Jets defensive line intriguing. The addition of CJ Mosley in free agency this year makes this Jets defense look like it is heading in the right direction. But perhaps the best news of all is that the Jets would be playing a Buffalo Bills team with perhaps the worst offensive line in football. There is talent on the Jets defense and a dearth of talent on the Bills offense. This makes the Jets defense a high-upside play if you need a big score from your week one defense (you don’t).
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