The boys are back to hit you with their Week 3 Defense Streamers article. Robby, Ben, and Nate give you their favorite D/ST streamers for the week. After you see their picks, don’t forget to check out our in-depth Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups article!
Ben – Washington Football Team (ESPN rostered %: 11.2%)
It may be hard to believe, but the Washington football team is a stream-worthy defense in week three against the Browns. The Browns may have played well on Thursday night but let’s not be fooled into thinking they’re a good team just yet. Yes, they beat Joe Burrow and the Bengals, but there’s a reason why the Bengals had the #1 pick to snag Joe Burrow in the first place; they’re still poorly coached and sloppy. On the Washington Football team front, their defense has started the season off strong (currently the 3rd ranked DST at the time I’m writing this) and hopes to keep the ball rolling week three. They annihilated the Eagles offensive line in week one (8 sacks) and managed to get 3 sacks on the wildly-elusive Kyler Murray in week two. Baker hasn’t proven to perform well under pressure so far this season and if Washington can keep him from being comfortable, they should have a good day defensively.
Nate – Los Angeles Chargers (ESPN rostered %: 25.7%)
The Chargers just slowed down arguably the best offense in the league (the Chiefs) last week, and now they play one of the worst (the Panthers). Losing Derwin James sucks, but Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are still wreaking havoc at the line of scrimmage. Teddy TwoGloves hasn’t looked like even an average QB this year, so give me some Chargers at home. Remember the mantra: “home team defense against an opponent who gives up a lot of sacks”. The Panthers have allowed 3 sacks per game in 2020, good for 3rd worst in the league. Thus, the Chargers fit my streaming narrative.
Robby – Arizona Cardinals (ESPN rostered %: 47.2%)
Arizona has quietly been a pretty solid defense so far this season. They are coming off a strong performance where they had four sacks and forced two fumbles against Washington. They are averaging only 17.5 points allowed in a two-game sample thus far and face a Detroit Lions team who is struggling to find their identity offensively as they are in the bottom half in scoring and yardage. The Cardinals are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 7 sacks through just two games and the Lions just lost their starting LG Joe Dahl for the season. Detroit will now roll out two middle-round rookies at both guard spots on Sunday against Arizona. The bonus with this defense is, after Week 3 against the Lions, the Cardinals will face the Panthers (four turnovers in two games) and the Jets (bottom of the league in scoring). You can pick up the Cardinals this week and not have to worry about who you’re streaming for two more weeks after.