That’s right: after spending the better part of two weeks pleading with you to sell your beloved Chiefs’ defense — the highest scoring in fantasy — I’m saying it’s far from the worst idea to roll with KC when they take on Peyton’s Perfect Machine Sunday night in Denver.
I’ve ranked them eighth, ahead of most Week 11 streaming options. It’s more than just banking on a spectacular defense; it’s what Kansas City does on the defensive side of the ball that makes them a viable option, even against the Broncos.
The Chiefs apply ceaseless pressure on the quarterback, ranking as Pro Football Focus’ third-best pass rush and averaging a league high 4.1 sacks per contest. The Colts’ defense last month created some sort of blueprint for how to at least slow Peyton’s Perfect Machine: pressuring Manning, getting in his face, knocking him down. I think Kansas City can replicate Indy’s blueprint, and do it better than the Colts.
If you’re fretting about who you’re going to deploy in the fantasy playoffs, you’ve done well. It’s a good problem to have. It means you’ve secured — or almost secured — a playoff spot, which should be our singular goal from Week 1.
Here’s a quick look at the best defensive options for Weeks 14-16, according to the fabulous rotoViz Steaming D app. The app is updated every week, so buy a subscription if you want to keep up to date. These are all subject to change.
|Week 14||Week 15||Week 16|
|Chiefs (at WAS)||Seahawks (at NYG)||Lions (vs. NYG)|
|Oakland (at NYJ)||Chiefs (at OAK)||Browns (at NYJ)|
|Houston (at JAC)||Bengals (at PIT)||Cowboys (at WAS)|
|Dolphins (at PIT)||Panthers (vs. NYJ)||Titans (at JAC)|
|Chargers (vs. NYG)||Bills (at JAC)||Broncos (at HOU)|
|Falcons at Buccaneers||43.5|
|Jets at Bills||41|
|Lions at Steelers||47.5|
|Washington at Eagles||52.5|
|Chargers at Dolphins||45.5|
|Browns at Bengals||42|
|Ravens at Bears||46|
|Raiders at Texans||42|
|Cardinals at Jaguars||41.5|
|Chiefs at Broncos||49.5|
|Vikings at Seahawks||46|
|49ers at Saints||47.5|
|Packers at Giants||42|
|Patriots at Panthers||46|