Streaming Defenses: Week 3 Options

Streaming Defenses: Week 3 Options

This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.

Injuries were the dominant story of Week 2, impacting NFL franchises and fantasy teams alike. We also saw the continuation of a couple trends from Week 1, with penalties and turnovers down from previous seasons, while overall scoring (25.2 points per team game) now is on track for an all-time high by a 1.8-point margin.

The current averages for passing yards (248.7), yards per pass attempt (7.4) and net yards per pass attempt (6.6) would all set post-merger records if they held up over a full season, while 1.19 turnovers per team game and a 5.8 percent sack rate would represent new lows. A decline in offensive holding penalties seems to be playing a role, with 18 accepted in Week 1 and 27 in Week 2. Even that second number is a huge drop from the pre-2020 average.

All of this is having a big impact on team defense scoring, with only 12 D/ST units exceeding five fantasy points in Week 1 and only 10 doing so

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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