If you have advanced to the next round of playoffs, hopefully you have a defense/special teams with which you feel comfortable with. Pickings are very slim on most waivers this week.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs D/ST has quietly been solid for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. In their past three games, the defense has held opponents under 20 points per game. This weekend they will be at Arrowhead, hosting Denver led by rookie quarterback Drew Lock. It’s doubtful that Lock will be able to handle the crowd and atmosphere for which Chiefs fans are famous. Denver has a pretty decent offensive line, but Lock will still make rookie mistakes. Look for this Chiefs unit to capitalize, forcing a few turnovers and limiting Denver’s scoring opportunities.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa travels to face a Detroit team that will be rolling out its third-string quarterback once again. David Blough will struggle against a Tampa Bay pass rush which can be vicious in the right matchup. Detroit has a poor offensive line, which bodes well for a defense capable of recording 5-6 sacks. Adding to this stream viability is how poor Detroit is on defense. Jameis Winston and company should have no issues scoring points, forcing Blough and Detroit to try and keep pace. That translates for more opportunities for this defense to put up fantasy points.
Traveling to Carolina, the Seahawks will battle a Carolina team that is in complete disarray right now. Quarterback Kyle Allen has had his moments, but overall has been inconsistent throughout the season. We have seen his highs and lows, and this game sets up for a low performance from him. After being embarrassed in prime time last week, Seattle will look to get up early on a poor Carolina defense. That will leave Allen playing catch-up for most of this game, which is not the position in which Carolina wants to be. Seattle could have some success getting pressure as well, since Carolina has a below average offensive line. Sacks, interceptions and fumbles are all on the table in this game.