1. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams defense has been up and down thus far. They managed to limit the Cowboys and Eagles to start the season, then were torched by the Bills this past Sunday. Going against an ailing New York Giants team is however, a recipe for fantasy success. Daniel Jones has struggled this year, and losing Saquon Barkley has made things worse. The Giants will likely be playing from behind throughout out this contest, and will be forced to “air it out” to try and catch up in the game. Any defense playing against Daniel Jones when he is forced to throw 30-40 times is a good start for your lineups. Aaron Donald should have pressure on him all game, meaning multiple turnovers are certainly possible.
2. Denver Broncos
Denver has had an extremely disappointing season this year, mostly due to injuries. Losing defensive stars Von Miller and A.J. Bouye have weakened their defensive unit which was supposed to be the team’s strength. However, this shouldn’t matter much against the Jets, whom the Broncos face Thursday night. Simply put, this Jets team is easily the worst in the NFL. They seem incapable of scoring points or even sustaining drives. Sam Darnold has regressed immensely and is fond of throwing to opposing defenders. He threw two pick-sixes last Sunday and there’s a strong possibility he throws another this Thursday. Most defense’s will be streamable against this Jets until they show any sign of being competitive.
3. Houston Texans
Again, we are targeting bad quarterback play on a bad team. Houston has had a rough three weeks, playing against some of the better offenses in the league. They get a chance to right the ship against a Kirk Cousin’s led Vikings squad. The Vikings have a terrible defense, meaning Cousin’s will once again play this game in catch up mode. Minnesota has a below average offensive line that should struggle against the Texans skilled pass rushers. Cousin’s is not good under pressure, which could lead to some bad interceptions, sacks, and fumbles.
4. Cleveland Browns
This is certainly an unconventional pick and not for the feint of heart but considering Cleveland is taking on Dallas’s high-powered offense. However, we have seen Cowboy’s quarterback Dak Prescott make some mistakes. He threw two interceptions in his last game, and has fumbled twice on the year as well. Dallas’s offensive line is not what it used to be, and the Browns pass rush should be able to disrupt his rhythm. Also, if Cleveland is able to get some secondary players back from injury, they could somewhat limit this Cowboys passing game. Cleveland makes for an interesting stream with some real upside.