No one likes agonizing over what defense or what kicker to start in their fantasy football lineup. The truth is that most of the time all we do is check to make sure that the defense or kicker we have on our roster isn’t on a bye that week and then forget about it.
So here are some DSTs and kickers to start and sit if you happen to be one of the brave who like to stream their defenses and kickers week-to-week.
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Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
The Dolphins have an awesome pass rush led by Cameron Wake and Vernon Oliver, oh and they added some guy named Ndamukong Suh in the offseason. This week the Dolphins get to play against a quarterback in Tyrod Taylor who is only starting his third career game (even though he’s looked pretty good so far), but most importantly they get to go up against a Bills offensive line that allowed eight sacks last week to the Patriots. Wake and Oliver have to be licking their chops.
New York Jets (vs. PHI)
Believe in head coach Todd Bowles' system. The former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator has the Jets' defense firing on all cylinders to start the 2015 season. They are a turnover machine that just made Andrew Luck and the supposedly high-powered Colts look like the Jaguars. This week the J-E-T-S matchup against an Eagles offense that is struggling and can’t get out of its own way. Start the Jets DST and enjoy the 10-plus fantasy points.
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Dallas Cowboys (at ATL)
The Cowboys' defense was awesome last week against the Eagles, scoring an outstanding 17 fantasy points. That said this week Dallas goes up against the Falcons, who despite losing rookie running back Tevin Coleman, are firing on all cylinders and so far it seems impossible to stop the Matt Ryan to Julio Jones connection. So far defenses going up against the Falcons have averaged only three fantasy points, making the Cowboys' D a must sit.
St. Louis Rams (vs. PIT)
So far the Rams' defense has failed to live up to lofty expectations, both on the field and in fantasy circles. They were taken to school last week by Redskins rookie running back Matt Jones. This week St. Louis has a date with the Steelers, who just so happen to be welcoming Le’Veon Bell back into their lineup. The Rams will figure it out and be a solid D soon, but this is a tough matchup.
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Steven Hauschka, SEA (vs. CHI)
So far this season Hauschka is the No. 9 kicker in terms of fantasy points. This week the Seahawks play the lowly Bears in their home opener. It's an appealing matchup that should provide all the Seahawks offensive studs, including Hauschka, plenty of opportunities to score points.
Matt Bryant, ATL (vs. DAL)
The Cowboys may take the bend-but-don't-break approach this week to try and slow down Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. If this is the case, that means a lot of scoring opportunities for Bryant, who is currently among the top 10 fantasy kickers.
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Robbie Gould, CHI (at SEA)
Gould has been on fire to start the season, already scoring 26 fantasy points in his first two games, which has him tied for most fantasy points at his position. Unfortunately for Gould, things are trending downward this week as the Bears now have Jimmy Clausen lining up under center and are playing in Seattle this week.
Cody Parkey, PHI (vs. NYJ)
Last season Parkey was one of the best fantasy kickers, but he’s been less than impressive to start 2015. In fact, he’s currently the 26th-best fantasy kicker. Things don’t look like they are going to get any better for Parkey this week as the Jets have allowed only 2.5 fantasy points per game to opposing kickers.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.