Our Week 4 defensive streamers had a pretty strong showing, as the Giants finished with 16 points with the 2nd-best defensive performance of the week, while the Raiders and Jets also finished in the top 10 with double-digit performances. Even our misses for the week weren’t horrible, including the Vikings with six points in London.
Let’s see who our top defensive streaming options are for Week 5.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3% ROSTERED)
Week 5: @ New Orleans, 1 PM EST
Last week, the Seahawks did what probably should be impossible — they put up a respectable seven fantasy points while allowing 45 points to be scored against them. In total, they had one sack, one fumble recovery, and a 40-yard pick-six that gave them the chunk of their fantasy production for the day. They also won the game 48-45, leaving Seattle at a surprising 2-2 record heading into this week’s matchup with the Saints.
Seattle’s DST is averaging 7.5 fantasy PPG, which is tied for ninth-best in the league, while the Saints have yielded the most fantasy points to opposing defenses through four weeks at 13 points per game. They’ve lost six fumbles (most in the league), thrown five interceptions (second-most), and given up 13 sacks, which is the seventh-highest total in the NFL. They’re also a mess on the injury front, with Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas all missing last week’s game in London. Even at full strength, the Saints have been a turnover machine, and I’m expecting those woes to continue in Week 5.
TENNESSEE TITANS (9%)
Week 5: vs. Washington, 1 PM EST
Tennessee comes into this one fresh off a 10-point performance in Week 4 in a win over Indianapolis. The Titans forced three turnovers, including a late fumble by Jonathan Taylor just outside the red zone. Tennessee has created six turnovers through four games, but their inconsistent fantasy performance primarily boils down to sacks. In their two games with over nine fantasy points, they’ve sacked the opposing QB eight times. In their other two games, in which they’ve combined for zero fantasy points, they have two sacks. Tennessee’s DST is typically startable as long as they’re getting to the quarterback, and luckily for them, Washington is happy to let them get there.
The Commanders have lost three straight after a Week 1 win over Jacksonville, and they’ve spent the majority of those games picking Carson Wentz up off the turf. Washington’s allowed a league-high 17 sacks through four games, which puts them on pace to allow the fourth-most sacks in a season of all time. With such little time in the pocket, it’s no wonder they’re also tied for second in the league with five INTs. Brian Robinson could be back for this matchup, but it remains to be seen how he’ll be used and how it will impact their offense as a whole. Until we know those details, I’m comfortable streaming their opponent almost every week.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (13%)
Week 5: vs. Houston, 1 PM EST
Jacksonville has gotten off to a solid 2-2 start thanks not only to an improved offense around Trevor Lawrence but also to a defense that’s tied for the league lead in interceptions and fifth among fantasy defenses with 11.25 points per game. That average is inflated a bit due to a shutout, five-sack, three-INT showing in Week 2, but even in a loss vs. Philadelphia this past week, they finished with two sacks and a pick six for nine points on the day. Jacksonville boasts the eighth-best defense in the league against the run, which makes them a tough matchup for a run-heavy Houston offense.
The good news for Houston is that Dameon Pierce has started to look like the RB1 we expected him to be, with two straight 80-plus yard performances including Week 4 when he broke out for 131 and a TD on a whopping 9.4 yards per carry.
The bad news for Houston is… the rest of their offense. They’re a bottom-tier passing offense at just 207 yards per game through the air, and their 18.3 points per game through four weeks is near the basement as well. Houston will undoubtedly continue to lean on their rookie running back to generate offense, so if Jacksonville comes to play in the run game, it could be a lucrative day for them.
OTHERS TO TARGET
Minnesota Vikings (41% rostered): Minnesota has averaged just under 7 fantasy PPG on the year, while the Bears have yielded the fifth-most FPs to opposing defenses. Minnesota should be able to get some pressure on Justin Fields, who’s been sacked 16 times through four games.
Indianapolis Colts (41% rostered): Denver’s offense has improved a bit, but they still have the fourth-lowest scoring offense in the league and just lost Javonte Williams to a torn ACL. Indy is ranked 10th against the pass and sixth against the run, giving them the potential to stifle Denver’s offense on a short week.
Detroit Lions (4% Rostered): Tough showing for Detroit against Seattle last week, but they now go up against a Patriots offense that was struggling even before the slew of QB injuries. The main concern is Detroit’s struggles versus the run, considering New England’s likely run-heavy game plan.