It wasn't a pretty week for fantasy owners who rely on streaming defenses, but there were plenty of points to be had from unlikely sources. The Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints gave owners more than they could ask for, logging the third, fifth and sixth-highest fantasy point totals of the week heading into Monday night.
But it wasn't easy for owners to see those point totals on the horizon for the aforementioned teams, and owners wouldn't be faulted if they couldn't make do with a serviceable fantasy output. This week, the crystal ball is a little clearer, and there are several options to choose from. Let's take a look:
New Orleans Saints (vs. New York Jets): Savvy owners picked up the New Orleans Saints last week when they faced the Buffalo Bills, and those who did pick them up can just roll with them for another week. The New York Jets are next on the schedule, a team that just had its secondary picked apart by Andy Dalton, Marvin Jones and A.J. Green.
With Drew Brees coming to town, there's no reason not to expect more of the same to happen. The Jets are still unforgiving against the run, so expect the usual pass-heavy attack for the Saints. It's one that's potent enough to bury an offense led by rookie Geno Smith in an early deficit, and he may have no choice but to have the world asked of him as a result. When that happens with young quarterbacks, mistakes can happen. Though Smith has plenty of promise, he's not immune to making mistakes. Expect a few sacks and turnovers for the Saints in what could be a one-sided contest. The Saints are still available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues, which leaves plenty of room for owners to stake a claim.
Oakland Raiders (vs. Philadelphia Eagles): The Matt Barkley-led Philadelphia Eagles are not exactly a force to be reckoned with. The Eagles managed just one touchdown last week versus a struggling New York Giants team, and it was done via special teams. This week, they will face the Oakland Raiders, who are by no means a powerhouse, but have been serviceable on the defensive side of the football. They are allowing an average of 21 points per game, which is 12th in the NFL, and also present a tough task for LeSean McCoy as a unit that is allowing just 3.6 yards per carry.
For all the hype that surrounded Chip Kelly's new-look offense, the Eagles are in a real rut having posted a season low of 201 yards on offense and going two straight games without scoring a touchdown. Even versus a beatable defense like the Raiders, expect that trend to continue. The Raiders can be had in 89 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Tennessee Titans (vs. St. Louis Rams): Going into Monday night versus the Seattle Seahawks, the St. Louis Rams ranked 30th in the NFL in net yards per game on offense and 18th in the NFL in points per game. Now, without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, it will be rough goings for the Rams offense going forward, and things don't get easier with the Tennessee Titans next on the docket.
The Titans boast a seventh-ranked pass defense and it is led by Alterraun Verner, who is shutting down receivers at an elite rate. Opposing quarterbacks have a rating of 19.4 when throwing in Verner's direction, and he has allowed just 12 passes to be completed in his direction. Kellen Clemens will have the odds stacked against him once again, and fantasy owners who start the Titans defense can cash in. That defense should be up for grabs in most leagues, as only 36 percent of Yahoo! leagues have the Titans on a roster.