The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 3

Chandler Jones was all over Matt Cassel like Elvis on a pound of bacon this Sunday.
Chandler Jones was on Matt Cassel like Elvis on a pound of bacon Sunday.

Week 2 was nuts, both on and off the field. There were injuries all over, reports of domestic violence and child abuse and big upsets. Hop aboard and let’s take a nice ride down the stream!

New England Patriots: New England is almost universally 100% owned in leagues but if they happen to be on your waiver wire pick them up! They play Oakland this week, and after their huge game at Minnesota, I think we will see much of the same in against the Raiders.

Indianapolis Colts:  Andrew Luck and company head to Jacksonville, who, putting it lightly, have trouble scoring. The Eagles (14) and Redskins (18) have both put up double-digit fantasy points on defense against this squad. The Colts are about to enjoy their slice of the pie. The Colt defense is widely available and has looked improved. Playing against a bad offense should get them on track, I like Indy as a streaming option this week.

Houston Texans: After two big time performances, Houston should be owned in more than 63.5% of leagues (ESPN). Houston heads to the Big Apple and are seem ready to take a bite. The Giants have given up double-digit fantasy points to both opposing defenses thus far. Injuries, inconsistency and adapting to a new offense are the perfect ingredients for a Texans blowout. Bonus: Houston has a great week 4 matchup too so if you get them, you’ll want to keep them longer than just this week.

Dallas Cowboys: I know, the only thing you’ve heard all season about the Dallas defense is that it’s well, horrid. This pick is 100% matchup based. America’s team is playing the Rams who let Minnesota’s suspect defense walk all over them in week 1, including two picks (and one for a defensive score). The purple and gold also got to the Rams 3rd string QB five times in a 34-6 route. I think Dallas has a chance to rack up the points against a poor offense.

San Diego Chargers: Remember my opening paragraph? The NFL was weird last week; let’s focus on the Chargers on this one. So far San Diego has played the Cardinals and Seahawks. Both known for defense, yes, but each team can score. The Chargers defense has done well against both of them and I expect better production against the Buffalo. Sammy Watkins will get his share, but in the end I think San Diego has the last laugh. Can you believe the Chargers beat Seattle last week?!

There you have it! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing weekly. Good luck.

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!