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D/ST Rankings & Streamers for Week 2 Fantasy Football

All in on the Arizona Cardinals' defense. Full D/ST rankings and top streaming options for 2021 Week 2 fantasy football.

It was a mixed bag when it came to my fantasy football D/ST rankings in Week 1. Accuracy-wise I was bang in-line with the average over at Fantasy Pros, which I’ll take and see if what I learned from the first weekend of the new season and apply to the Week 2 rankings.

My biggest wins came from the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos and Washington who I had ranked as top-10 D/STs. My my biggest misses came from the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, who all finished outside the top-10 positions that I ranked them in.

I’ll continue to post my D/ST rankings for fantasy football each, and will break down the key teams you can look to start, top streamers, and my favorite value DFS play for the week ahead.

These rankings are subject to change throughout the week, so check back as any quarterback news drops to see how it’s reflected in my rankings. If you have any specific quarterback rankings or starts and sits questions, drop them in the comments or you can get me @PaddiCooper on Twitter.

Start of the Week

New England Patriots @ New York Jets — I’m following the age old trope of how rookie quarterbacks struggle when facing Bill Belichick’s defenses here but I think this has some legs. Zach Wilson was far from perfect in his debut and you know the Patriots are going to throw things at him that he’s never seen before. That all adds up to multiple potential turnovers a Patriots defense that pushes for double digit points in Week 2.

Top Streamer of the Week

Arizona Cardinals vs Minnesota Vikings (4% rostered) — My streamer for Week 1, the Los Angeles Chargers did well last week, finishing as the DST8 with eight points against Washington. This week I’m looking at the Cardinals as my top streaming option. They are an incredibly low rostered team despite finishing as the DST1 in fantasy in Week 1 as Chandler Jones turned into the Hulk as he finished with five sacks. This week they welcome the Vikings to the desert, a team that allowed three sacks in Week 1 and are a good match up for a Cardinals team flying after their opening week victory. Available almost everywhere, they are a must as a streaming option for Week 2.

DFS Value Play of the Week

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints ($2,700) — Last week’s DFS value play of the Colts didn’t hit as they only managed three points in the loss to the Seahawks. This week there looks to be some good value in the Panthers as they face the Saints at home. Though the Saints dominated the Green Bay Packers in their surprise Week 1 victory, a series of short fields meant they overwhelmed the opposition. That sort of lopsided game isn’t normally repeated and I fancy the Panthers to get after Jameis Winston this week better than the Packers were able to. The Panthers recorded six sacks in their victory over the Jets, tied for the most in the league and should be able to put some pressure on Winston and cause some turnovers.

Week 2 D/ST Rankings

(% Rostered via Sleeper)

RankTeamOpp% Rostered
1Carolina Panthers@ HOU19%
2Denver Broncosvs NYJ69%
3New England Patriotsvs NO66%
4Pittsburgh Steelersvs CIN77%
5Baltimore Ravens@ DET61%
6Buffalo Billsvs WAS65%
7Arizona Cardinals@ JAC37%
8Cleveland Brownsvs CHI70%
9Tampa Bay Buccaneers@ LAR80%
10Washington Football Team@ BUF78%
11New Orleans Saints@ NE43%
12Las Vegas Raidersvs MIA1%
13Los Angeles Ramsvs TB80%
14Green Bay Packers@ SF33%
15New York Giantsvs ATL7%
16San Francisco 49ersvs GB69%
17Kansas City Chiefsvs LAC20%
18Chicago Bears@ CLE14%
19Seattle Seahawks@ MIN7%
20New York Jets@ DEN1%
21Miami Dolphins@ LV16%
22Los Angeles Chargers@ KC7%
23Cincinnati Bengals@ PIT2%
24Tennessee Titansvs IND4%
25Philadelphia Eagles@ DAL2%
26Indianapolis Colts@ TEN28%
27Minnesota Vikingsvs SEA13%
28Atlanta Falcons@ NYG0%
29Dallas Cowboysvs PHI2%
30Houston Texansvs CAR0%
31Jacksonville Jaguarsvs ARI3%
32Detroit Lionsvs BAL0%