Week 1 is in the books, and what a week it was. This past Sunday was one of the wilder season openers in a long time. Speed is becoming more of a priority in the league than ever before. However, things could drastically change now that defensive coordinators have some film on offenses. That being said, let’s look at some viable streaming defenses heading in to Week 2.
- Baltimore Ravens
Still listed at only 50% rostered in ESPN leagues, Baltimore is the top option if available on waivers. They are favored by nearly two touchdowns in their home opener. Rookie Kyler Murray is coming to town behind a bad offensive line and pass heavy scheme. Multiple sacks and turnovers are on the table for this defensive unit.
- Houston Texans
After a tough loss to the Saints Monday night, the Texans will look to bounce back in their home opener against the Jags. Jacksonville will be starting rookie QB Gardner Minshew after losing Nick Foles to injury. Houston did a decent job of pressuring Drew Brees, so expect some sacks and a turnover or two from J.J. Watt and company.
- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys defense played well against the Giants, recovering two fumbles and allowing just 17 points. Going to Washington to face the rival Redskins looks like another good spot for this unit. While Case Keenum came out strong against the Eagles, he did fizzle out after halftime and some defensive adjustments. Without a viable run game, Washington will have to air it out to keep pace in this one. That sets up well for some more turnovers. Plus, you can stream them against the Dolphins next week.
- Carolina Panthers
Carolina’s defensive unit certainly underwhelmed in the season opener; they allowed 30 points to the Rams at home. However, they have an excellent chance to rebound this Thursday night. Jameis Winston is coming to town, and he still looks like the same turnover machine of seasons past. A rivalry matchup on Thursday Night Football could go either way in terms of points scored. What fantasy owners are hoping for here are turnovers by Tampa Bay, and lots of them. Almost any unit facing Winston is a viable weekly streaming option until further notice.
- Green Bay Packers
Last Thursday’s season opener has been chalked up by many as an all-around horrible performance by the Bears offense. Yes, the play calling and Mitch Trubisky deserve a ton of blame. Unfortunately, the Packers new look defense isn’t getting the credit they deserve for disrupting Chicago’s game plan all night long. A bolstered pass rush and improved secondary were crucial to winning the low scoring affair. The rival Vikings are making the trip to Lambeau Field this Sunday for a divisional match up. Minnesota will be forced to get away from their run heavy scheme when Rodgers starts putting up the points. That being said, expect Kirk Cousins to pass more than ten times in this contest. He isn’t shy about turning the ball over in big moments, and Green Bay should be able to get consistent pressure against the Vikings mediocre offensive line.