FanDuel Defense/Special Teams Targets: Week 16

By Matt Johnson on Monday, December 18th 2017
FanDuel Defense/Special Teams Targets: Week 16

Top Plays

Los Angeles Chargers D/ST @ New York Jets, ($4,900)

While Los Angeles' defense didn't quite find success against the Kansas City Chiefs, the matchup against New York should be easier. Facing a Jets' offensive line that allowed the ninth-most sacks (40) in the NFL, Los Angeles' pass rush duo of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa should create problems for the offensive line and put constant pressure on quarterback Bryce Petty. Even when Petty isn't under pressure, he simply isn't a good quarterback. With a 43.8 completion percentage on 48 pass attempts this season and more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (four) in his career, Los Angeles offers a great shot at finishing Week 16 as the best fantasy defense.

Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST @ San Francisco, ($5,600)

Jacksonville's defense is consistently a top unit, but we put them below Los Angeles given the $700 price differential. The Jaguars' D/ST isn't a unit we'll want to use for a high percentage of our lineups, but they always carry extreme upside for turnovers, sacks and potential defensive/special teams touchdown(s). A matchup against one of the game's best offensive minds, 49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan, will present some problems schematically and he should find a few places to attack this defense. However, San Francisco just isn't in a place right now to attack this defense sufficiently. A bad offensive line will crumble against Jacksonville's front four and the Jaguars' corners can easily match up against the 49ers' receivers.

Value Plays

Los Angeles Rams D/ST v. Tennessee, ($4,600)

Simply put, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is a legend even at his age. One of the game's best defensive minds, Phillips is turning this Los Angeles defense into one of the league's best even with multiple injuries to key players. While things didn't go well against Philadelphia with 37 points allowed, they match up significantly better against the Tennessee Titans offense. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is still struggling in his third season and has not been aided by a running game with an aging DeMarco Murray and a coaching staff that doesn't trust Derrick Henry. Los Angeles should put pressure on Mariota this week and create a few turnovers, putting together a strong fantasy performance.

Kansas City Chiefs D/ST v. Miami, ($4,500)

Against the Chargers' high-powered offense, Kansas City racked up two sacks, three interceptions recovered a fumble and allowed only 13 points. While Philip Rivers is a gambler and prone to the occasional mistake, which Kansas City took advantage of, Jay Cutler is on a whole different level. Miami's running game, specifically Kenyan Drake will pose some problems for Kansas City can rack up the points with its pass rush and potential turnovers. Plus, Tyreek Hill is always a threat to take a punt back for a touchdown, increasing the potential upside of the defense.

Fade Plays

Chicago Bears D/ST v. CLE, ($4,800)

Chicago's D/ST will be a popular play and can be started in season-long leagues, but it's a unit we'll want to avoid on FanDuel this week. While DeShone Kizer is certainly prone to turnovers and the Bears' defense and allowed only 42 points over its past three games, the price point just isn't worth it. DFS users can save $200 and play a better defensive unit in the Chargers or save even more money and turn towards one of our value plays above. Cleveland boasts enough offensive weapons around Kizer that will help them rack up the yards and could find the end zone twice. Given the price, find another D/ST on FanDuel in Week 16.

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