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 to stream 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 point out the best streaming defenses for week four.
Streaming Defenses Option #1:
Tennessee Titans (50% rostered) at New York Jets
We are now entering week four of the NFL season, so the savvy NFL observer will start to pick up on exploitable trends. I’ve crunched the numbers and run multiple simulations and I can unequivocally state that the New York Jets are very bad at the game of football. Like, incredibly bad. It is honestly really impressive just how surprisingly bad they are. It’s the Jets. I expect them to be bad and yet I am still surprised at how incredibly awful they are. Like, giving up the most sacks, the most interceptions, and the most fantasy points to opposing teams bad. I am just playing the odds here. Through three weeks, all three teams that have played the New York Jets have been a top-ten fantasy defense and two of them had top-five performances. I’m not betting on the Titans here. I’m betting on the Jets continuing to be the Jets.
Streaming Defenses Option #2:
Cincinnati Bengals (50% rostered) at Jacksonville
Honestly, everything I just said about the New York Jets can be equally applied to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They suck terribly and have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. While they aren’t quite the spectacular failure the Jets are, they are still pretty bad. The difference here is that the Cincinnati Bengals have the ninth-best fantasy defense three weeks in the season, along with one top-ten finish. I’m not sure I buy the Bengals being a good defense, but if the Titans aren’t available, they are a solid consolation prize, provided you read this before Thursday Night Football!
Streaming Defenses Option #3:
Chicago Bears (29% rostered) at Detroit
I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I feel about this one. The numbers on this one are pretty favorable. The Chicago Bears are the DEF8 on the season, which almost sounds like defecate, which is also the ranking of the Bears offense. Yes, they are playing the Lions at home, and yes the Lions have found a way to consistently snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but it is still the Bears. I just watched that team get embarrassed in the most soul-crushing of manners. Do I think the Bears, on paper, are a solid defensive streaming option in week four? Yes. Yes, I do. Do I also believe that the Bears are equally likely to subject me to levels of despair that are hitherto yet unimagined? Also yes.