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: stop being concerned with finding good defenses, and find defenses that are playing against terrible offenses. Bad offenses are more likely to keep playing poorly because if they knew how to be good, they would already be good. Following this flawless logic, let’s find out who we should stream this week!
Carolina Panthers Defense (6% rostered) @ Los Angeles Rams
Fun fact. The Carolina Panthers are the eleventh-best fantasy football defense this year. It is insane that they are only 6% rostered in fantasy football leagues. The stink of their offense is so bad that nobody wants to start their defense. It is hard to look past the fact that in their only plus match-up of the year, they finished as the number two fantasy defense. This week, they are playing a Rams team that has given up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Los Angeles has the most drives ending in turnovers, the most sacks, and the fourth-worst scoring offense in football. If this were any other defense playing the Rams, you would start them. Matt Stafford, the newest spokesman for Little Caesers has 5 touchdowns, 10 turnovers, and 21 sacks on the year. And just like Little Caesers, I expect the Panthers to go right through Matthew Stafford.
Cincinnati Bengals Defense (36% rostered) @ New Orleans Saints
The Cincinnati Bengals are a very intriguing match-up in week six against the Saints. While we are wondering if they will face Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton at quarterback, we know in our heart of hearts that it is Taysom Hill’s time to shine. Honestly, I am not sure it matters who is starting, since the Saints are averaging 3 turnovers and 3 sacks a game. Meanwhile, the Bengals’ defense is eighth in the NFL in turnovers. The Saints have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and I don’t see that changing in week six.
Minnesota Vikings Defense (38% rostered) @ Miami Dolphins
I’ll be honest, I am only throwing this one out here because without Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater out there to man Miami, I have very little faith that the Dolphins won’t self-destruct. In week five, Skylar Thompson had 166 passing yards, 2 turnovers, and 2 sacks. On top of that, after the game, he was still named Skylar. I’m not sure things could get much worse for the Dolphins. If the first two streaming options aren’t available, I suggest you roll with my…
THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
Chicago Bears/Washington Commanders Defense (8/10% rostered) @ Washington Commanders/ Chicago Bears
Once I realized that every team that has won on Thursday Night Football this year has finished in the top twelve for fantasy defense on the week, I realized that I would be remiss if I didn’t urge you to consider one of these teams as a streaming option. If we have to subject ourselves to the horror of Thursday Night Football, (And if you do, please join us on our Thursday Night Farceball sidecast on Twitch) we should at least see our fantasy rosters benefit from a game that is making our eyes bleed. This week, we have the Washington Commanders playing against the Chicago Bears. The trick is determining which team is going to actually win on Thursday.
On the one hand, the Chicago Bears are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. On the other hand, the Washington Commanders are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Washington’s defense is averaging 3 sacks a game, whereas Chicago’s defense is averaging 2 turnovers a game. Washington is allowing 25.6 ppg, while Chicago is allowing 21.2 ppg. If I am being honest with myself, either of these teams could end up winning. Lucky for you, I am a Chicago Bears fan and am used to lying to myself so I can definitively say that the Bears are a stone-cold lock to win on Thursday. My logic is very simple. How does Carson Wentz respond to his coach saying he is the problem in Washington? Does he rise to the occasion and elevate his team to victory? Or does he continue to be Carson Wentz? My money is on Carson Wentz being Carson Wentz.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This man spent half his gambling bankroll betting the Bears would beat the Packers in week two, so take any guarantees of a Bears victory with a grain of salt.