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DRAFTKINGS SLEEPER DEFENSES: Week 3

The results from Week 2 were better after we stumbled out of the gate a bit in Week 1. Ok, we didn’t just stumble out of the gate. We fell out of the gate and then the gate fell down on top of us. Then we got up dusted ourselves off and had some decent totals from our Dollar Store selections last week. Granted, we didn’t have the numbers the Arizona Cardinals put up…wait…I believe JamEis Winston just turned the ball over again.

I can tell you that we had a much better week than a bevy of big name running backs did. Ouch. So many injuries in week 2. That’s why we love DFS as there is no need to work a waiver wire for us to replace injured players for the rest of the season. Of course for the purposes of this article, we will try and chase some of the teams that lost big name weapons. If the price is right of course.

Let’s do this!

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at Philadelphia – cost-$2900: Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz has had a very nice start to his NFL career guiding the Eagles to a pair of wins. Of course, those wins were against the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. With all due respect to a couple of storied franchises, this will be the first dangerous NFL-caliber defense that Wentz will have faced. The Steelers haven’t racked up many sacks (one to be exact) but they have held opponents to an average of only 16 points per game and have forced four turnovers. Wentz has taken some unnecessary hits in the first two games and you can bet the Steelers will take their shots. A rookie QB is going to eventually play like a rookie QB and we see that happening with Wentz this week.

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. Pittsburgh – cost $2800: Yes. We see this game as a defensive struggle with Philly bringing their pass rush at full force to get after Ben Roethlisberger. I’ve waxed poetic regarding DC Jim Schwartz’s ‘Wide-9’ scheme and how it would work wonders in Philadelphia. So far so good as the Eagles have put up six sacks with DLs Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox accounting for four. They have also forced four turnovers and will unleash the hounds again this week to try and force ‘Big Ben’ into some untimely turnovers. Ben has tossed three interceptions already so the potential for a big play is there.

 

NEW YORK JETS at Kansas City – cost $2900- After sacking Andy Dalton seven times in Week 1, the Jets failed to get to Tyrod Taylor even once last week. They did manage to pick off a pass against Buffalo on their way to a win but we expect a lot more from their D/ST this week. Normally a very stingy and conservative offense, the Chiefs have been unexpectedly generous to defenses through the first two weeks. They have allowed seven sacks and turned the ball over four times. It would shock me to see the stout D-Line of the Jets stymied two weeks in a row, so there should be some nice big play numbers for this D/ST in Week 3.

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS at Jacksonville – cost $2500: I’m getting a ‘Déjà vu’ all over again’ feeling when looking at the first two games the Jaguars have played. It’s not a good Déjà vu feeling either. It’s concerning that QB Blake Bortles has turned the ball over four times already. Yep. This has a 2014 feel to it so far for Bortles. The offensive line hasn’t been stellar either allowing five sacks to date. The Ravens are not the intimidating force on defense they once were, but through two games, they’ve been able to rack up five sacks and a pair of interceptions. There is also the chance that Elvis Dumervil returns this week further fortifying the Ravens’ pass rush. Let’s chase the error-prone Jaguars offense this week.

 

DALLAS COWBOYS vs. Chicago – cost $2500: It’s been a pleasant surprise to see the Cowboys average two sacks per game out of the gate with most of their pass rushers suspended. What is even more pleasant regarding their D/ST this week is that Brian Hoyer will likely be under center for the Chicago Bears (If Jay Cutler somehow plays then we are fine with that as well since he’d be nursing an injured thumb). Yes, the same Brian Hoyer that turned the ball over more times than we can count in the Houston Texans playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Therein lies our faith in the Dallas defense this week. No, we can’t necessarily count on five turnovers but we can count on Hoyer trying to force the ball downfield and Dallas does have a pair of picks already.

 

Alrighty folks. That is it for this week. Spend a little on these defenses and go out and grab some Green Bay Packers as they are going to roll it up on my poor banged up Detroit Lions this week.

Look at me throwing out some bonus DFS advice.

That’s just the kind of guy I am. As always…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