Fantasy Football Defenses and Kickers to Stream for Week 17
There are still some of you in our Fantasy Football community who’ll be playing for a Fantasy Football championship in Week 17. There are others whose season long Fantasy Football hopes and dreams have long since faded, but love playing Fantasy sports so much that they can’t stop themselves from creating a DFS lineup. Now that my friends, is dedication!
If you’re looking for defenses to use this week, I’d start the Broncos defense at home against turnover prone Raiders QB Matt McGloin. I’d also take my chances with the Bills defense against an anemic and turnover prone Jets offense. Speaking of turnovers, the Vikings could be a good start against Bears QB Matt Barkley, who has thrown eight interceptions in the past two weeks. The Titans defense could have some success at home against a Texans team that has nothing to play for. The Chiefs continue to cause turnovers and to be a good start. They face a Chargers team that can’t help but give the ball away every chance they get. The Seahawks have what appears to be a nice matchup against the 49ers, as well.
I’ve identified three more Fantasy defenses that should be in play for you this weekend. Good luck!
Matchup: @ Los Angeles Rams
Weather: 59 degrees clear, SSW winds 3 MPH
The Rams have given up the most Fantasy points to opposing defenses, including double-digit points in each of their last four games (as per ESPN.com) The Cardinals, who are sixth in the league in takeaways, should be able to force some turnovers against the Rams, who are fourth in the NFL in giveaways this season. The Cardinals have recorded nine sacks in the past two weeks, and should be able to add to that total against a Rams team whose quarterbacks have been sacked the third-most times in the NFL.
Matchup: vs. Cleveland Browns
Weather: 37 degrees partly cloudy, SE winds 3 MPH
Despite the fact that the Steelers have clinched the third seed in the AFC playoffs, streaming their defensive unit still makes sense. We all know how much better the entire Steelers team plays at home, and they face a Browns offense that has scored the second-fewest average points per game this season (16). The Browns have also given up the most sacks (62) in the league, and the third-most Fantasy points to opposing defenses (per ESPN.com).
Green Bay Packers
Matchup: @ Detroit Lions
If you are looking to stream a good defense that is playing a meaningful game then look no further than the Green Bay Packers. Their defense has been especially hot of late. With 14 sacks and nine interceptions, they have been averaging just under 11 Fantasy points per game over the last five weeks. The Lions offense, on the other hand, has been slumping. They’ve scored an average of just over 18 points per game over the past five weeks.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Stream for Week 17
The following are some of the better options among the league’s field goal kickers this week:
Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
Matchup: vs. New Orleans Saints
Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
Matchup: @ Atlanta Falcons
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Matchup: @ Detroit Lions
Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins
Matchup: vs. New York Giants
Weather: 49 degrees, mostly cloudy, NE winds 2 MPH
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Matchup: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars