It’s Week 8 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 8.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
You know the Seahawks are a juggernaut of a team but they’re not undefeated anymore after last week. A defense actually got to Russell Wilson and Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph frustrated the Seattle QB to throw three picks. It showed that opposing defenses have a chance against the Seahawks after all–but it’s rare.
Seattle has been relentless this season, scoring at least 31 points in every one of their games but one, when they scored 27 against the Vikings in Week 5. Their punter, Michael Dickson has punted fewer than five times in five of seven games.
So the Niners have their work cut out for them. They’ve been a sleeping giant until last week when they gave the Patriots a brutal thumping. I just wish injuries didn’t wipe out their pass rush. They won’t have it so easy against one of the best teams in the NFC.