These fantasy football streaming defenses for Week 14 are ones to look for as potential waiver wire pickups.
Welcome Back, Mark!: New York Giants
I shouldn’t have to recommend this team, but with the amount of good streaming options this week, I believe it is important to stake my case over why this team should be the team you stream in Week 14 (thanks, Dr. Seuss).
The New York Giants just came off of a great performance against the Chicago Bears. Eli Manning and company were firing on all cylinders and their defense pulled through to give them the win. The stat line showed the Giants defense getting two interceptions, one fumble, five sacks, and one touchdown. That is an elite performance. But can it be trusted?
The answer to that question is Mark Sanchez.
Last week, the Giants faced a backup quarterback and capitalized off of his mistakes. This week, they have the infamous quarterback whose turnovers are more talked about than his successes (butt fumble). The Giants again will face a mistake prone quarterback, one that has only started in 10 games since 2013, and eight of those games came in 2014. It is now 2018 and he will be very rusty. Look for the Giants to repeat the elite performance of last week.
Verdict: If Washington wants to somehow make the playoffs, they are going to need to see some plays from Sanchez. It will not be possible for them to rely on Adrian Peterson because the Giants will just stack the box. It is very likely that the coaching staff will limit the options Sanchez has and leave most of his throws to shallow, safe options. But when it comes to pick six’s, a fair amount of them come from a defense getting a jump on a shallow thrown ball to a receiver or running back and taking it to the house.
Prediction: PA: 10-17, Total Yards: 200-250, Sacks: 3, Fumbles: 0, Interceptions: 2, TD: 1, Fantasy Points: 8-12
Do You Feel Luck(y), Punk? Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are the second rated defense in the league, scoring an average of 9.4 points per game in ESPN leagues. They have put up double digit points in two of the last three games and have been a solid option for most league owners every week. But for the playoffs, it might not be worth the risk.
The Texans will face off against Andrew Luck and the Colts this weekend. In the beginning of the year, I would say the Texans will produce decent numbers against a rusty Luck. But the rust is off and the Colts offense is scoring in bunches. Although last week was not a great showing for the Colts’ offense, it was an outlier. For most of the season, Luck has been a nightmare to opposing defenses. On average, the Colts’ offense has limited turnovers (less than two per game) as well as sacks (less than one per game). With that known, there is not a lot of opportunity for the Texans to rake up the bonus points, and with Luck’s offensive potential, it could end up terrible for the Texans.
Verdict: It is very unlikely that the Texans score negative points for the game, but I highly doubt they will score more than five. The Colts’ offense is clicking and is limiting the amount of turnovers. I imagine a shootout between the teams with both defenses giving up loads of points. There is the possibility of a defensive touchdown, but I don’t know if the playoffs is the time to rely on that.
Prediction: PA: 24-31, Total Yards: 350-400, Sacks: 1, Fumbles: 0, Interceptions: 1, TD: 0, Fantasy Points: 0-5