With six teams having played on Thanksgiving Day, the pickings were a bit slimmer for this week’s DraftKings Sleeper Defenses article. Never fear as we have been on a roll of late and have found some very nice options for Week 12.
First let’s briefly recap last week.
Oakland at Detroit – 5 points = MISS
Houston vs. New York Jets – 8 points = MISS
Dallas at Miami –12 points = HIT
Baltimore vs. St Louis – 15 points = HIT
Kansas City at San Diego – 20 points = HIT
Three double-digit selections for the second week in a row. We’ll take that and ride a few of the same teams again this week.
NEW YORK GIANTS at Washington ($2,400): This defense is the steal of the week. The Giants are a Top 5 D/ST for the season and are putting the points up via the big play. They have scored six touchdowns while racking up 14 interceptions and 23 total turnovers. Their sack total should begin to come around as Jason Pierre-Paul rounds into shape as well. Washington is led by the turnover-prone Kirk Cousins, who turned the ball over three times last week.
HOUSTON TEXANS vs. New Orleans ($2,500): While they failed to reach double-digit points last week, we still like the Texans to have a big Week 12. In the last four games they have tallied 17 sacks and forced eight turnovers. Drew Brees can be pressured into mistakes and has thrown five interceptions in his past three games. J.J. Watt has 7½ sacks in the last four games and will be all over Brees this week. We love the Texans to have a big Week 12.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs. Buffalo ($2,800): This matchup is the perfect storm for huge fantasy totals for the Chiefs. Over their last four games, the Chiefs are a top 3 fantasy defense, racking up 16 sacks along with 10 interceptions and a touchdown. On the flip side of that is that Buffalo is a top-2 team in terms of giving up points to defenses over the last four games. Buffalo is giving up an average of three sacks per game and have turned the ball over five times in that time. Add in the fact that Tyrod Taylor may not play this week or be hampered if he does and we like Kansas City to dominate this week.
BALTIMORE RAVENS at Cleveland ($2,800): The Ravens came through for us last week and we expect another strong showing against Cleveland. Now that Johnny Manziel has partied himself to the bench it will be turnover-prone Josh McCown leading the offense in Cleveland. In his last three starts, McCown turned the ball over seven times and was sacked nine times. The Baltimore defense has posted five sacks and forced five turnovers in the last three outings and is likely to be on the field a lot moving forward. Baltimore should feast this week (see what I did there? It’s Thanksgiving Week) on an inept Cleveland offense.
DENVER BRONCOS vs. New England ($2,900): This is far from an ideal matchup for Denver as New England has been very stingy with sacks and turnovers. At this price and with all the talent this defense boasts, Denver is too good to pass on. Also the addition of Brock Osweiler at quarterback will help as the hobbled Peyton Manning kept putting the defense on a short field with turnovers. We will monitor practice reports out of Denver this week as DeMarcus Ware has an outside chance to return this week. If Danny Amendola (knee) misses the game then that also will work in Denver’s favor. We look for an inspired defense to once again put up double-digit fantasy totals this week.
There you have it, folks.
Hopefully everyone is enjoying some fine leftovers and looking forward to all the points these defenses will score on Sunday and Monday!
As always … good luck … and have fun!