One of the biggest strategies in fantasy football is streaming defenses. Each week owners will look at matchups and make waiver wire acquisitions almost every week to find their starting defense. Here are fantasy football defenses to stream in week 2. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers had a tough matchup in week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams. They still managed to get four fantasy points despite the tough opposition. This week, Carolina gets a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jameis Winston can’t stop turning the ball over. He threw three interceptions in week 1 against the 49ers. The Panthers should be able to at least force a turnover or two in this game. This is also a short week of preparation, which usually favors defenses, as it is a Thursday Night Football Game. Carolina’s defense is owned in just over 10 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Dallas only scored one fantasy point against the Giants, which may make it appear like they played poorly, but they really didn’t. They allowed just 17 points, forced two fumbles and had a sack. The Cowboys will get a chance to improve on their performance against the Washington Redskins.
Case Keenum started off the game well against the Eagles, but the Redskins faltered down the stretch. They will be without Derrius Guice in this game who is injured. The Redskins also had offensive line problems against the Eagles. Dallas should be able to exploit a lot of these things and score a decent amount of fantasy points this week.
3. Tennessee Titans
Against the hyped up Browns, the Titans defense came to pay. They took advantage of a bad offensive line and forced three Baker Mayfield interceptions. The defense also had a touchdown and five sacks. Tennessee ranks as the second-best fantasy defense after one week.
The Titans are going up against a much better offensive line this week, which could cause some more problems. They are playing their division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts, so the Titans’ defense will be hoping to stay hot. With Jacoby Brissett starting at quarterback, the Titans should have a chance to slow down the Colts’ offense considerably.
4. Houston Texans
The Texans scored negative four fantasy points against the Saints. That is an awful performance, but there is a reason the Saints are so good every season. They did have an interception and a sack, but that was about all they accomplished.
Them being on this list is all about their matchup. Houston is playing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week who will be starting rookie Gardner Minshew in place of the injured Nick Foles. Minshew looked really good in relief for the first game, but could take a step back in week 2. The Texans need J.J. Watt to get back to form, as he didn’t register a tackle for the first time in his career on Monday Night Football.
5. Indianapolis Colts
Yes, the other team from the Colts-Titans matchup makes the list. In week 1, the Colts scored four fantasy points against a good Chargers team on the road. They had four sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. As one of the most improved defenses in the league last season, the Colts should still look forward to having a solid defense this season.
The Titans had an offensive explosion against the Browns, but it is hard to tell if they can keep that up. Last season, they had trouble being consistent, as they averaged just 19.4 points per game. If last season means anything, last season the Colts were good on defense and the Titans ranked near the bottom of the league on offense.