The Packers and 49ers offenses will each be missing key players heading into a Week 9 Thursday night match-up, which can only help each of these respective D/ST’s. However, are the depleted offenses on either side of the ball a big enough factor to start one of these recently underperforming D/ST’s in your lineup? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Packers D/ST, 49ers D/ST
The Packers D/ST has managed to score a total of three points over the past three games, which is blatantly bad for fantasy purposes. It is worth noting that they faced three potent offenses in those weeks. In this week’s match-up, the Packers will face a second string quarterback, a back-up tight end, a fourth string running back, and a receiving corps that is missing their top wide receiver. With so many back-ups playing on offense, there should be plenty of opportunity for the Green Bay defense to capitalize. Due to this match-up, it may be okay to let the recent string of poor performances slide and start the Packers D/ST this week.
The 49ers D/ST has been a bit of a roller coaster this season, going from scoring 16.0 fantasy points two weeks ago, to a disappointing -2.0 points in Week 8. The 49ers offense has a lot of question marks this week and may not be able to stay on the field long if they struggle. This would put a strain on a defense that is already likely to be reeling as they take on Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers are also dealing with injuries on the defensive side, as Kwon Alexander (ankle), Jaquiski Tartt (groin), and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) have all been limited or DNPs this week. If they are unavailable, the outlook for this defense becomes even more grim. There are likely better options to start this week.
Start Packers D/ST
Sit 49ers D/ST