It’s Week 11 the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football is already testing players. The 2020 season is proving to be full of hard decisions in selecting the right waiver wire claims and knowing when to drop a player. But now players are needing navigate the COVID-19 situation as it disrupts games and schedules across the league.
It’s time to make the most crucial decision of them all–setting your lineups! Let’s about the Team Defenses.
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I get asked every week about which defenses are worth streaming, and to be honest, it’s a tough position to call because really good team defense plays rely on teams getting turnovers, sacks and special teams touchdowns. The points allowed measurable is such a difficult one to cash in on because even in garbage time, the worst teams score close to 20 points per game.
So if I have a consistent strategy to share, it’s to look for defensive line vs. offensive line matchups (for sacks), look for opposing quarterbacks and running backs who are careless with the ball (turnovers), and yes even which team defenses have good special teams players (for return touchdowns). More sophisticated leagues that utilize options such as 3 and outs, 4th down stops and yards allowed give you more to consider.
Let’s see which ones do NOT pass the grade for Week 11.
New England Patriots at Houston Texans
Finding a good team defense that delivers is not an easy task. Most team defenses don’t have enough to consistently score points that win you fantasy games. So while New England has players the numbers show that they haven’t lived up to the name the year. After three top 10 finishes through Week 6, the Patriots have not been able to get higher than DST16 in their last four games, averaging under 5.0 fantasy points in that stretch.
Meanwhile, the Texans have not allowed an opposing defense score over 6.0 points in six straight games. Even last week, when they were held to seven points, the Browns could only add two sacks. The Texans have been playing clean football, with just two fumbles as their only turnovers in the last four straight games combined. And it appears they’re catching the Patriots at the right time.