This is it folks. We are heading into Week 17 and the final edition of the DraftKings Sleeper Defenses article of the season.
We had a bit of a bounce back last week thanks to the Houston Texans and all my witty “Die Hard” references I assume.
This week we will keep things high and tight as we look to close out the year with a bang!
TENNESSEE at Indianapolis-cost $2500: This could be the lock of the week as the Titans have such a juicy matchup. I could dazzle you folks with a ton of statistics as to why Tennessee will dominate the Colts but I won’t. I will simply tell you that Indianapolis will be starting Stephen Morris (0 NFL passes thrown), Josh Freeman (0 NFL passes thrown since 2013) or Ryan Lindley (we all remember him from the Cardinals collapse last season) at quarterback. ‘Nuff said.
INDIANAPOLIS vs. Tennessee-cost $2400: We like both defenses in what is shaping up to be a sloppy affair in Indy. Marcus Mariota has been ruled out for Week 17. That means another week of Zach Mettenberger at quarterback. That would be the same Mettenberger that has thrown four touchdowns while turning the ball over eight times this season. In fact Mettenberger has thrown an interception in every game he has started in his career. We like that.
WASHINGTON at Dallas-cost $2800: The Cowboys offense is simply putrid right now. Kellen Moore has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions since taking over at quarterback. To add injury to insult, Dez Bryant has now officially been shut down for the season. Washington has racked up 10 sacks along with a pair of turnovers and a D/ST score in the last two weeks. Even if they decide to rest some starters for this game we like Washington to take advantage of the inept Dallas offense and have a big day.
DALLAS vs. Washington-cost $2100: Yes. Once again we like both defenses in a whacky Week 17 matchup. The reason we like the Cowboys is not because we feel like they can slow down Kirk Cousins and the surging Washington offense. No. We like the Dallas defense because it’s very likely they won’t face Cousins this week or at least won’t face him for long. The Redskins are set in their playoff position and are very likely to rest many of their starters. Dallas has edge rushers in Greg Hardy and Demarcus Lawrence that will be able to disrupt the passing game and create some big play opportunities. In the last two weeks, the Cowboys have forced three turnovers and we see them getting at least two this week against Washington’s reserves.
BALTIMORE at Cincinnati-cost $2100: The Ravens defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and the high flying Steelers offense last week and will build on that performance. It also helps that they will be facing a less than 100% A.J. McCarron who is nursing a wrist injury on his non-throwing hand. In the first matchup between these teams Baltimore had a pair of sacks while forcing two turnovers and scored a D/ST touchdown. Over the last three weeks, the Ravens defense is averaging two sacks and a turnover per game. Look for Baltimore to ride their defense to another big upset and rack up fantasy points along the way.
There you have it folks. That is a wrap for the 2015 edition of the DraftKings Sleeper Defenses article. It has been my extreme pleasure to be able to bring you this piece on a weekly basis. I thank each and every one of you that decided to join me on this journey.
We may not have gotten rich but we sure had some fun.
As always…have fun…and good luck!