Fantasy Defensive Streamers: Week 2
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
The Superbowl champs collected their rings and made quick work of the Houston Texans during the NFL season opener Thursday night. They have another tempting defensive matchup Week 2 against the LA Chargers. On Thursday night the Chiefs chased Watson out of the pocket or forced an early throw on 18 of their 58 snaps, finished with the 4th most knockdowns per pass attempts, and recorded the highest QB pressure percentage, by a considerable amount, in Week 1 with 60%. The next closest was the Falcons with 33.3%. The Chiefs were able to record 4 sacks, on 10 QB hits, and are facing an offensive line that gave up 2 sacks to the Bengals’ defensive line on Sunday. If Tyrod Taylor is named the starting quarterback for the LA Chargers in Week 2 he will look to improve on his 4th worst Week 1 QB rating of 75.6 but the Chiefs' defense is set up for a productive fantasy day.
Los Angeles Rams at Philidelphia Eagles
The last-minute offensive pass interference call will remain the talking point from the Rams' Week 1 performance but their defense as a whole proved worthy of a streaming option for Week 2. During Week 1, the Rams' finished 15th in yards per offensive play at 4.8 yards, 11th in 1st downs allowed, and 13th in QB pressure on dropbacks pressuring Dak Prescott on 7.1% of his dropbacks. The defensive line sacked Prescott 3 times and Aaron Donald proved, once again, that he was worth his 99 Madden rating, with 4 QB hits. The Rams defensive line could feast against the Eagles’ offensive line that gave up 8 sacks to the Washington Football Team in Week 1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers
The Buccaneers had a tough day all around against the future Hall of Famer Drew Brees and the Saints. However, I am not writing them off for the season and their defense is primed for a bounce-back week in Week 2 against the Panthers. In 2019, The Buccs ranked 15th in interceptions, 11th in QB pressures, 9th in sacks, and had one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL. If the Buccs can contain Christian McCaffery, which the Raiders seemed to do in Week 1 holding him to only 96 yards despite his 2 touchdowns, the Buccs can be an adequate streaming option for Week 2.
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