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DRAFTKINGS SLEEPER DEFENSES: Week 13

It’s that time of year when season long fantasy owners are pacing and fretting over their lineup decisions as the playoffs approach (or have already started). We have no such worries here as we put together another DraftKings Sleeper Defenses article as each week is indeed its own entity. That’s just one of the nice things about Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) folks.

Another nice thing is that one of our bargain basement selections managed to surpass the double-digit plateau last week. We are back, baby! So it wasn’t exactly a resounding return but we take what we can get when shopping at the dollar store.

The selections we have this week have me believing that we may hit on at least three double-digit scores and have the chance to reach four for the first time ever.

What can I say? I am a glass half full sort of guy.

Let’s do this!

GREEN BAY vs. Houston ($2,900) – The Houston offense continues to struggle with the inept play of Brock Osweiler dragging the unit down on a weekly basis. Osweiler has thrown four interceptions in the last two games and the team has turned the ball over six times over that span. Houston has given up 20 sacks on the season and now have 16 turnovers in through 11 games. The Green Bay defense was much better last week, racking up four sacks along with an interception in a win over Philadelphia. There is a chance that Clay Matthews misses the game with a shoulder issue but we like this defense/special teams anyway due to the poor play of Osweiler. These are two units heading in opposite directions, so let’s ride Green Bay against a turnover prone offense.

SAN FRANCISCO at Chicago ($2,800) – This selection is a bit of a ‘Hail Mary’ as the San Francisco defense has rarely been fantasy relevant this season. I do like the matchup and feel that game flow will come into play helping San Francisco’s chances for a big game. It appears that Matt Barkley will once again be under center for Chicago as Jay Cutler is still dealing with an injury. Barkley did throw for more than 300 yards and three touchdown passes last week but he also threw a pair of interceptions. He now has three touchdown passes and four interceptions on the season. I see San Francisco and its revitalized offense jumping out to a lead on a Chicago defense that is decimated by injuries and suspensions. That means a lot of Barkley passes and many opportunities for turnovers.

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