Check out Marc Caviglia’s fantasy football rankings and hot takes on the Week 2 team defense matchups:
- The San Francisco 49ers defense was a big disappointment in Week 1. They recorded just 2 sacks and forced just one turnover in a 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. I didn’t expect them to be a top tier defense against a good Cardinals offense but the lack of pressure they were able to get up front was concerning. However, that should change in a quality Week 2 matchup with the New York Jets. Quarterback Sam Darnold has been pressured more than any other signal caller since the start of the 2019 season and the 49ers will bring the heat on Sunday. The Jets will be without starting running back Le’Veon Bell and they turned the football over twice and allowed three quarterback sacks in the opener, look for the 49ers to match those totals and be a top-5 defense this week, even with cornerback Richard Sherman heading to the 3-week Injured Reserve list.
- The Washington Football Team were the biggest surprise team defense in Week 1. They sacked Carson Wentz eight different times and forced three turnovers in a promising win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Their 17 fantasy points was tied for the top defense last week but fantasy owners shouldn’t get too excited. Chase Young will bring the pressure and showed us why he was drafted No. 2 overall but they won’t be able to contain mobile quarterback Kyler Murray in this matchup with the Cardinals. Washington is nothing more than a streaming DST and this isn’t the week to rely on them.
- The Los Angeles Chargers looked balanced on defense in Week 1. They allowed just 13 points and 295 total yards to the Cincinnati Bengals and made Joe Burrow’s NFL debut a forgettable one. Joey Bosa was on another level recording 5 tackles a sack and 2 tackles for loss. Casey Hayward Jr. had 12 tackles on his own. While this defensive unit looks primed for a top-7 fantasy performance in 2020, they should be avoided against Patrick Mahomes & the Kansas City Chiefs for obvious reasons. The Chiefs are averaging 30.25 points per game against the Chargers over their last four meetings and I fully expect Kansas City to hit that total again in Week 2.
- The Chicago Bears defense finished with 0 fantasy points in Week 1. They had one interception and one sack on Matthew Stafford but the 23 points allowed negated the points they received from the sack and forced turnover. That should all change in a home tilt with the New York Giants. We all know that quarterback Daniel Jones is bound for at least one interception (it’s usually 2+) and the Giants offensive line looked like they were stuck in shelter-in-place on Monday night. I fully expect linebacker Khalil Mack to have first big game of the season and for Akiem Hicks and Roquan Smith to make some big plays as well. The Bears are the best streaming defense on the market this week.
Rankings are based on the following scoring:
2 point per interception
2 point per fumble recovery
1 point per sack
2 points for safety
6 point for defensive/return touchdown