If you read my article on playing the waiver wire game, you know that it is an essential part of winning your fantasy football league. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? I just told you it’s an essential part of winning your fantasy football league! Why do you hate winning? One of the best ways to maximize your weekly scoring is streaming defenses. This strategy is simple – we aren’t as concerned about good defenses, so much as finding defenses that are playing terrible offenses. Bad offenses are more likely to keep playing bad because if they knew how to be good, they would already be good. Because of this flawless logic, I will be pointing out the best streaming options on a weekly basis.
Streaming Defenses Option #1: Arizona Cardinals Defense (51% rostered) @ New York Jets
I said it last week and I’ll say it again this week – always start the guy who is playing the New York Jets. This week, that means the defense you want to add is the Arizona Cardinals. As was mentioned last week, the New York Jets have given up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. In four weeks of football, every team that has played the Jets has finished as a top-twelve defense. To put it simply, if you are streaming defenses and you don’t start the defense playing the Jets, you are bad at fantasy football.
Streaming Defenses Option #2: Dallas Cowboys Defense (28% rostered) @ New York Giants
The only thing worse than the Dallas Cowboys on defense is the New York Giants on offense. The New York Giants are last in total yards and total scoring. They only score on 30% of their drives, which is the third-lowest total in the NFL. They have the third-most turnovers in the NFL. Also, the third-most sacks. Yeah, the Dallas Cowboys defense is pretty bad, but the only way the New York Giants could be worse is if they were the New York Jets. If you can’t pick up the Cardinals defense in week five, pick up the Dallas Cowboys.
Streaming Defenses Option #3: Cleveland Browns Defense (14% rostered) @ Indianapolis Colts
If you are unable to pick up either the Cowboys or the Cardinals, streaming defenses becomes a little trickier in week five. My deep-dive defensive streamer for week five is the Cleveland Browns. On the surface, the Indianapolis Colts seem like a bad match-up, having given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing defenses. However, a closer look at their offense brings up a lot of question marks. First off, they are in the bottom half of the league in both total yards and points scored. Second, they have had a pretty favorable schedule to date, having played the Jaguars, Vikings, Bears, and the Jets. Outside of the Bears, all of those teams defenses rank in the top ten for points allowed. Simply put, the Colts have put up a lot of points against bad teams.