1. Los Angeles Chargers
Taking on a Carolina Panthers team without Christian McCaffrey spells good news for the Chargers’ defense. Carolina has a pedestrian offensive line, which will allow the Chargers star pass-rushers to make Teddy Bridgewater uncomfortable all game long. While the Panthers do have some talented receivers, they could have issues getting open against LA’s solid cornerbacks. The absence of McCaffrey will be devastating, as the entire offense is based on what he brings to the field. The Chargers are an extremely safe floor-play this weekend.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona continues to impress; their defense now has seven sacks through the first two games. Getting some more turnovers will really elevate this unit to a higher status. The Cardinals will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and the injury report is crucial to this stream. If star receiver Kenny Golladay misses this contest, lock Arizona in as a top option. They should still be fine if Golladay plays, as he could still be limited due to his hamstring injury. Detroit also has a porous offensive line, meaning the Cardinals should continue to rack up sacks.
3. Cleveland Browns
Cleveland has been dealing with a plethora of injuries to their defense, including two of their starting cornerbacks. This is a big reason why they’ve allowed so many points to opposing offenses in two weeks. Battling the Washington Football Team could be the perfect medicine they need to turn things around. Outside of Terry McLaurin, Washington is talent starved on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has improved slightly but not enough to threaten this Browns unit. If Cleveland gets some players back, they could have one of the highest scoring defenses of the week.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We list them fourth just because they may not be available in your league but they are still in some. The Bucs certainly delivered last week, tallying five sacks and four turnovers. A similar performance could be in store for them when they face an ailing Denver Broncos squad this Sunday. Denver will be missing both starting quarterback Drew Lock and receiver Courtland Sutton. This spells trouble for the Broncos, who will have trouble moving the ball. Especially with Tampa’s stout run defense, which should have no issue keeping Melvin Gordon in check. Streaming against a backup quarterback is usually a sound strategy, and Tampa should deliver in spades for owners this weekend.