2023 Week 3 Streaming D/STs


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2023 Week 3 Streaming D/STs

With two weeks behind us, statistical trends are forming that we can use to our advantage when streaming defenses. Using Fantasy Points Data, we can pinpoint some of the strongest plays on the board.

Defenses owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues who are top 10 in fantasy points allowed per game:

5 Atlanta Falcons 41.8

6 Los Angeles Rams 46.1

7 Kansas City Chiefs 46.5

9 Washington Commanders 47.7

10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48.5

Highly Owned

New England Patriots (NE, 65%) — If you looked only at fantasy points, then you’d say the Patriots didn’t have a great game against the Dolphins in Week 2. But you’d be wrong. Yes, New England allowed 24 points, but they also blocked a kick, had an interception, and held Tua Tagovailoa to under 250 yards passing. This week, the Pats travel to MetLife to tackle a Jets team that put up an anemic 234 yards of total offense in Week 2 and tossed three interceptions. Dropping back Zack Wilson to pass is never a winning proposition — except if you own the opposing D/ST. If the Patriots are available, snap them up immediately.

Cleveland Browns (Cle, 63%) — The Browns' defense is ridiculously talented. Cleveland ranks top three in completion percentage, passer rating, rush yards per game, and passing yards per game allowed. This week, they greet Ryan Tannehill and his island of misfit toys on the O-line.

Miami Dolphins (Mia, 54%) — This doesn’t have to be hard. Denver has allowed nine sacks through two games. If Miami can race out and make the Broncos play from behind, it will be a long day for Russell Wilson and friends.

Top Targets

Kansas City Chiefs (KC, 40%) — While the offense has been slow off the mark, the champs’ defense is bringing it to a Super Bowl level. Their Week 2 performance against Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars shows that this is a set-it-and-forget type unit. The Jags ran for just 74 while the Chiefs secondary held Lawrence to 216 scoreless yards. With All-Pro Chris Jones back in the fold, the Chiefs sacked Lawrence four times. KC’s next four games are heaven-sent for D/ST streamers: vs. Chicago, @ NYJ, @ Min, and home vs. Denver.

Going Deeper

Washington Commanders (Was, 39%) — Anytime a D/ST records seven sacks, we take notice. The Commanders welcomed back Chase Young, who helped wreak havoc on the Broncos. Facing Buffalo is always challenging, but Josh Allen can get loose with football (four turnovers through two games). According to Fantasy Points Data, Washington ranks 9th in the fewest fantasy points allowed per game.

Jacksonville Jaguars (Jax, 17%) — The Jags head home to battle C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans. Expect the Jacksonville front to terrorize a banged-up Texans offensive line with several back-ups. Houston allowed six sacks last week vs. the Colts and has given up the most (11) on the season. Jags defenders have forced six turnovers through two weeks, second most in the league.

Los Angeles Chargers (LAC, 8%) — This defense is lined with talent but can’t seem to put it together. This could be a get-right week at Minnesota, which has turned the ball over a league-leading seven times thus far. LA looks to build off their five-sack performance in Week 2.

Brian’s journey across the fantasy universe began as a writer for Fighting Chance Fantasy. He co-created his own podcast, “The Fantasy Football Hustle” which was nominated for the FSWA podcast of the year in 2022. He also hosted the PFF postgame show on SiriusXM for two years and currently hosts the "Two-Point Stance Podcast" with Joe Dolan.