The best defenses in fantasy football usually live up to their expectations. But there are always a few surprises.
Such was the case in Week 1, where the top-scoring defense/special teams unit was … the New York Jets, who had a field day against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions despite being owned in just 1 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
It’s tough to predict those kinds of performances on a week-to-week basis, but you can do pretty well playing the matchups to identify both high-profile defenses and under-the-radar units that will do well.
With that in mind, here are five defenses all fantasy owners should target in Week 2.
Los Angeles Rams (vs. Arizona Cardinals): This is our no-brainer of the week. The Rams’ star-studded defense jumped all over Derek Carr with three interceptions (and one touchdown) in Week 1 and should cause all sorts of problems for Sam Bradford and the visiting Cardinals, who mustered just 213 yards of total offense in Week 1.