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!
New York Jets Defense (40% owned) @ Denver Broncos
If you haven’t been paying attention, the New York Jets may actually be good now. I know, I was surprised too. Over the last three weeks, the Jets’ defense has had 9 sacks, 7 turnovers, and 1 defensive touchdown. If I seem a little smug over here, note that I was very vocal about how the Jets were one of my favorite teams to turn things around and had to listen to people tell me how I should remember they were still the Jets. Well, the Jets are working hard to take the sting out of being the Jets. In week seven, they get to play the Denver Broncos. I could list all the ways the Broncos fail you, but they have already been on prime-time four times this season. If you watch football, you know the Broncos are finding ways to lose, so I’ll just tell you that they give up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses and that the Jets should be your number-one defensive streaming option for week seven.
Arizona Cardinals Defense (9% owned) @ New Orleans Saints
The week seven Thursday Night special is the Arizona Cardinals. Last week in my defensive streamer article, I told you that every Thursday night game this year, the team that won had a fantasy defense that finished in the top twelve of fantasy defenses. This is exactly the range of outcomes you are looking for in a fantasy defense. In week six, the Washington Commanders were the number four fantasy defense so the streak continues! This week, I like the Cardinals mostly because I’m not sure there is anyone left alive on the Saints to challenge them. The Saints’ only healthy receiver is Chris Olave and since week two, Byron Murphy Jr. has not allowed an opposing team’s number one receiver to have more than 50 yards. To put it in context, Cooper Kupp, AJ Brown, DK Metcalf, and Davante Adams between them had 11 catches, 109 yards, and 1 touchdown. When you consider that the Saints also lead the NFL in turnovers and are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the Arizona Cardinals seem like a pretty decent streaming option if you didn’t spend too much time watching them play football this year. And if you think the Saints are going to win, just stream them instead. Like I said, Thursday Night Special! Terrible football to watch, but great streaming options for defense!
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense (40% owned) @ New York Giants
I could tell you that the New York Giants offense gives up a little more than 3 sacks per game to try to justify this pick, but the truth is that the Giants aren’t the best match-up. They are surprisingly good, considering how talent deficient they are. Truth be told, my picking the Jags is a gut feeling. I just have a hard time believing that Daniel Jones will go on the road to Jacksonville and dominate this defense after they just got embarrassed last week by a Colts offense that had been the worst in football. After a couple of losses in a row, I think Jacksonville gets right against the Giants. If the first two options aren’t available, Jacksonville is a solid streaming flyer.
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