The Kansas City Chiefs, who have scored negative fantasy points twice, may just be the hot defense to pick up right now. They are owned in 40% of Yahoo leagues, and have scored double digit fantasy points for three straight weeks ever since posting back-to-back negative totals.
In week seven they scored 12 points against the Landry Jones led Steelers, and followed that with 14 points in a blowout to the Detroit Lions. Week nine was their bye week but they came back strong last week when they scored 19 points against the all-time leading passing yards thrower, Peyton Manning.
Of course, giving Manning that title sounds like the Chiefs really had to earn those 19 points, but Manning is injured and having his worst year in the NFL. The Chiefs biggest challenge will take place this week against the Chargers who are fresh off their bye week. If they perform well, they are trustable going forward and into the fantasy playoffs where they face San Diego, Baltimore, and Cleveland.
|1||Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers|
|2||Carolina Panthers||Washington Redskins|
|3||Denver Broncos||at Chicago Bears|
|4||New England Patriots||Buffalo Bills|
|5||St. Louis Rams||at Baltimore Ravens|
|6||New York Jets||at Houston Texans|
|7||Baltimore Ravens||St. Louis Rams|
|8||Arizona Cardinals||Cincinatti Bengals|
|9||Houston Texans||New York Jets|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|11||Cincinatti Bengals||at Arizona Cardinals|
|12||Chicago Bears||Denver Broncos|
|13||Tennessee Titans||at Jacksonville Jaguars|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs||San Diego Chargers|
|15||Jacksonville Jaguars||Tennessee Titans|
|16||Atlanta Falcons||Indionapolis Colts|
Green = Must starts for regular fantasy leagues. Does not apply to daily.
Blue = Sleeper/Streaming picks for fantasy. You could use this for regular or daily fantasy but...
Red = Picks for daily fantasy. These are the defenses that should get you the best value for their price. I'm using the prices listed on Draft Kings.
The Cowboys are an intriguing sleeper option, but beware. Linebacker Sean Lee is probable to play but is suffering from another concussion. Defensive back Morris Claiborne has a hamstring issue and his status is uncertain for Sunday’s game. Rolando McClain’s playing time will likely be limited due to foot and hand injuries from last week. They do have a nice matchup against the Dolphins, but Lamar Miller has been on a roll and the Cowboys run defense has been shaky.
Kirk Cousins was able to carve up the Saints defense last week, but will have a much harder time going up against the Panthers. The Carolina unit is coming off a second half in which they didn’t give up any points to the Titans. They are playing well, but this might be the last matchup to start them confidently, as they face the Cowboys, Saints, Falcons, Giants, and Falcons to close the fantasy season.
The Seahawks are the only must start defense as Denver has shown that they are not elite. Last week Charcandrick West collected a rushing and receiving touchdown against them. This week they face the sketchy Bears offense, who are coming off a big week against the Rams.
The Patriots are probably the most consistently positive defense. They have yet to score under zero fantasy points and have a clear floor of five fantasy points. The Pats have scored five points on four separate occasions, and have recorded at least one sack in every game. Their matchup against the Bills at home should make them a top five defense for the week.
Cardinals and Bengals defense owners will be nervous watching this Sunday night game as both teams have the potential to put points on the board. The more trustworthy option would be the Cards, as Andy Dalton has performed poorly in his prime time games.