Here’s Week 8 in a nutshell for DSTs: Miami finished 1st, Dallas finished 5th, and Atlanta finished 10th. Needless to say, we didn't do so well. Denver held its own at 11th (beating out Buffalo, Baltimore, and New England), but the Titans’ 4th-quarter collapse and the Packers forgetting how to stop the run again was sub-optimal. Alas, we march on. Let’s dive into this week’s streaming options. As always, we’re looking for under 50% rostered in Yahoo! leagues.
Washington Football Team (Was, 16%) vs. NYG
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: start any DST against the Giants. But Washington doesn’t just have any DST. They give up just 309 yards per game (4th-fewest) and 23.6 points per game (10th-fewest). The Giants offense has been one of the most inept in the league. Only the Jets have scored fewer points per game, and although they did show some life against a flat Tampa Bay team on MNF, you can always count on Daniel Jones to throw his weekly interception (or 2). Washington is no stranger to big plays, as they rank in the top 10 in sacks (22), INTs (8), and forced fumbles (7). They held this Giants team to 14 points and added 1 sack and 1 INT just two weeks ago.
New York Giants (NYG, 11%) @ Was
Where’s that Spiderman pointing meme when you need it? The Washington offense is almost as weak as NYG. They average just 18.3 points per game, and give up a league-leading 3.7 sacks per game. In Week 6, the G-Men held Washington to 19 points and racked up 3 sacks and an INT. While the Giants offense is bad, their D is pretty stout. They’re a top-10 defense against the run, and were holding Tom Brady and the Bucs down until Daniel Jones put them in some bad positions.
Houston Texans (Hou, 5%) @ Jax
The Texans will be meeting a new Jaguar this week, as rookie QB Jake Luton will be making his NFL debut. The Jaguars offense was already in shambles, and was largely held together by what was left of Gardner Minshew’s magic. But a weak O-line and a lack of weapons has produced a middling offense even with Minshew and D.J. Chark on the field. Jacksonville has failed to score 30 points in a game since Week 2, while taking at least 4 sacks in four of their seven games. Just a few weeks ago, the Texans throttled Jacksonville, allowing just 14 points and sacking Minshew 4 times while recovering 2 fumbles. Now J.J. Watt gets to welcome Luton to the league. Luton’s college resume reveals a highly efficient QB, so there may not be a plethora of INTs, but there also isn’t likely to be a plethora of scoring.