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DRAFTKINGS SLEEPER DEFENSES: Week 7

There was plenty of exciting offensive performances in Week 6 of the NFL season with big name players stepping up. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, LeSean McCoy, David Johnson, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and Rob Gronkowski all finished as top-5 scorers at their respective positions last week.

A lot of other players had big offensive outputs and that is never a good thing for D/STs in general. When you’re buying off of the discount shelf it can be especially painful.

When looking back at Week 6, I can only quote young bartender Bryan Flanagan from the 1988 classic film “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise. Young Mr. Flanagan (Cruise) is breaking up with his girl fiend and utters the immortal phrase, “Everything ends badly. Otherwise it wouldn’t end.”

Truer words were never spoken as our three week run of having at least one D/ST score in the double-digits sadly came to an end last week.

Do not fret as we have dusted ourselves off and are getting right back on the proverbial horse with five D/STs that have a great chance to outperform their low costs in Week 7. Just as Tom Cruise ends up with Elizabeth Shue at the end of “Cocktail” we too shall have a happy ending.

Here they are folks.

 

NEW ENGLAND at Pittsburgh – cost $2900. We love that the Patriots defense has come in under our $3000 spending limit this week. I can only guess this price was set prior to Ben Roethlisberger suffering the knee injury that will sideline him for a few weeks. So now we get a Bill Belichick led New England team facing off against Landry Jones, eh? We like that a lot. Yes. I realize that Pittsburgh still has offensive weapons such as Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. It’s just going to be very hard for Jones to utilize these weapons as the Patriots throw multiple looks at the kid to keep him off balance. Rob Ninkovich is working into game shape and will combine with Jabaal Sheard to bring enough pressure to force Jones into a turnover or two. In his brief times under center for Pittsburgh Jones has three TDs and five turnovers.

 

BALTIMORE at NY Jets –cost $2800. We liked this matchup when it appeared that Ryan Fitzpatrick would keep the starting gig for the Jets. Now that they have named Geno Smith the Week 7 starter we love this matchup. While Baltimore has only 11 sacks on the season they have been sneaky good at creating turnovers having intercepted eight passes while forcing three fumbles in six games. Over his career, Smith has been a turnover machine and even managed to throw an interception last week when he came in late for Fitzpatrick. All we need to know is that in 32 career games Smith has turned the ball over 43 times (36 interceptions). We chase those juicy numbers this week with the Ravens D/ST.

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