Week 1 Streaming Defenses
If you’re like me, you wait until the last possible day to find a defense for week 1. Well, our time is fast approaching. Like most leagues, I will assume the Bears, Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, Bills, and 49ers are long gone. If by some reason the Bills are still on your waiver, they would be my first pick vs the Jets, without a doubt.
Here are my top defenses to stream for week 1:
Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Projected as PFF’s 18th best defense of 2020, the Colts have a very favorable week 1 matchup. The Jaguars defense is completely wrecked after they traded away one of their top 5 defensive weapons. They have no threats at TE, question marks outside of Chark, and an inexperienced QB playing behind an atrocious offensive line. It’s a good matchup for the Colts to slow the game down and force mistakes.
The biggest question mark is the secondary. There are a handful of young pieces that could make a splash this year but that has yet to be seen. They added DeForest Buckner on the D-line to complement a very solid front 7. They were already T-15th in sacks and 7th in INT’s in 2019 before the improvement. I fully expect the Colts to be a top-scoring defense after week 1.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Football Team
No pass rush has been as consistent over the last 5 years as the Philadelphia Eagles. Add in DT Javon Hargrave and Darius Slay in the secondary and this team has done nothing but improve over 2019. Darius Slay does have a habit of having off games and will be battling against breakout Terry McLaurin. Fortunately, the rest of the offense as a whole has a lot of question marks.
Dwayne Haskins was very up and down last year, mostly down. Adrian Peterson is gone so the backfield will consist of Gibson, Love, McKissic, and Barber to take over. Gibson is an electric playmaker but that won’t matter if he doesn’t get the opportunity. The Redskins traded away Trent Williams after missing all of 2019. I love Gibson and McLaurin as DFS plays. That won’t stop me from streaming the Eagles in a juicy matchup.
Tennessee Titans vs Denver Broncos
This one hurts as a Broncos fan but in fantasy, we need to be realistic. As I’m writing this article, Jadeveon Clowney announces he’s going to sign with the Titans and that just adds to the expectation I have for them.
Denver is a young and ascending team with a lot of upside but Drew Lock is easily the biggest question mark. I love the Titans front 7 and that’s where I expect them to get their fantasy points. Denver’s offensive line has been bad for some time now and it only gets worse with the opt-out of Ja’Wuan James.
It’s a risky play but Tennessee could easily slow the game down and prevent Denver from utilizing its outstanding playmakers. I could see the winner scoring 20 points with a couple of turnovers sprinkled in for Tennessee.
LA Chargers vs Cincinnati Bengals
Even with the loss of Derwin James, the Chargers have one of the best defenses in the league. LA added CB Chris Harris from Denver and brought back a strong pass rush to pair with rookie LB Kenneth Murray.
While there is a lot of hype for Joe Burrow and his deep WR core, he is still a rookie with a shortened off-season. Sacks from that front 7 are what will get the Chargers defense as a top play for week 1. This defense is too talented to get picked apart and I’m willing to gamble that the sacks will compensate for a potential Burrow blow up week 1.