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DRAFTKINGS SLEEPER DEFENSES: Week 12

It was going to be difficult for Week 11 to live up to the excitement and drama that Week 10 provided. Alas. It did not. Unless you consider missed extra points exciting and dramatic which I do not. It stands to reason that in what can only be described as a down week of NFL action that our bargain basement defenses would suffer. The rollercoaster ride continued last week and let’s just say we were not going up.

Not a single selection managed to reach double digits but in our defense only four teams reached the 10-points plateau in Week 11.

That being said, we are confident that a bounce-back week is at hand as we break out the coupon book and peruse this week’s slate of games. Keep in mind that there are (were) three games on Thanksgiving which takes six teams off the shelf for us to utilize.

Never fear folks. The crack staff here working on the latest DraftKings Sleeper Defenses have put in long hours to come up with the beauties listed below.

Enjoy…

 

TENNESSEE at Chicago- cost $2800. The Titans have been letting us down as a bargain Defense/Special Teams (D/ST) lately but we are going to roll with them one last time. They have been marginally effective over the last month racking up 10 sacks and five turnovers. Last week they managed only two sacks and an interception in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It’s the matchup we love this week as it appears that Matt Barkley will be the starting quarterback for the Bears. When called upon to replace an injured Brian Hoyer in Week 7, Barkley was 6 of 15 for 81 yards and threw a pair of interceptions. Chicago has allowed four sacks in consecutive games and we see the Titans pressuring Barkley into a multi-turnover performance this week. Even if Jay Cutler manages to play we still like the Titans to have a nice game.

 

NEW ORLEANS vs. Los Angeles- cost $2800. The Saints D/ST has quietly been on a bit of a roll putting up 10 sacks and seven turnovers in their last four games. While they will never be confused with an elite D/ST unit, they have an excellent matchup this week as the Rams come to town. It will only be the second start for rookie QB Jared Goff after a dink-and-dunk fest in his debut. I see head coach Jeff Fisher taking the reins off of Goff a little bit more this week leading to big-play opportunities for the Saints. Look for DE Cameron Jordan to bring consistent edge pressure forcing Goff into those rookie mistakes that will lead to D/ST points.

 

ATLANTA vs. Arizona- cost $2900. Something has been off with Carson Palmer all season long as he has now turned the ball over 13 times while throwing only 13 touchdown passes. He was an unmitigated disaster last week throwing a pair of interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings with CB Xavier Rhodes returning one for 100-yards and a score. The Cardinals have struggled to protect Palmer having allowed 18 sacks in the last four games and 31 on the season. Led by Adrian Clayborn (4 ½ sacks) the Falcons have 23 sacks on the season which has already surpassed the 19 they had in all of 2015. In the last five games Atlanta has put up 13 sacks with five turnovers and a D/ST touchdown. This unit is a nice start against an offense that has turned the ball over eight times in the last three games and allowed three D/ST touchdowns.

 

HOUSTON vs. San Diego-cost $2600. The Texans defense has done an admiral job through 10 games despite missing all world DE J.J. Watt for most of the season. They have managed to put up 19 sacks along with nine turnovers and two D/ST touchdowns. While those numbers are not all that intimidating, Houston has had five multi-sack games this season and has a nice matchup in Week 12. The San Diego Chargers are a top-5 offense in terms of allowing fantasy points to opposing D/ST units. On the season they have allowed 25 sacks and turned the ball over 22 times. In the last four games they have been particularly generous giving up an average of three sacks per game along with eight interceptions and three D/ST touchdowns. Chargers games tend to be sloppy affairs and they have had multiple turnovers in a game seven times. Let’s chase this turnover prone offense in Week 12.

 

SAN DIEGO at Houston- cost $2700. Yes. We like both defenses in this matchup as bargain units that should outperform their price. The San Diego Chargers are a top-5 scoring D/ST through 10 games. I’m guessing not a lot of folks were aware of that. This is a unit that relies on big plays having forced 19 turnovers and scoring four defensive touchdowns. They have a decent pass rush led by rookie DE Joey Bosa and have amassed 19 sacks on the season. The Texans offense has been less than scintillating with Brock Osweiler at the helm averaging just 18 points per game. With six teams unavailable to us this week we are going to swing for the fences with a big play D/ST unit that has scored three times in the last four games.

 

There you have it folks. As you have that turkey sandwich for breakfast (hey, we have to do something with all those leftovers) grab one of these cheap D/ST options and then stock up on some Giants and Dolphins offensive weapons.

Those two teams are certainly thankful for their matchups this week with the Browns and 49ers respectively. Here’s hoping that everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving and as always…good luck and have fun!

About Wally Spurlin

Wally Spurlin is a Fantasy Football Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Spurlin’s work has appeared in print publications, including the FSWA award winning 2014 USA Today Fantasy Football magazine as well as the 2015 edition. Wally is also a weekly co-host on the Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy pod cast on Fantasy Sharks Radio at Blog Talk Radio.Follow him on Twitter @WaltonSpurlin