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!
Tennessee Titans Defense (49% owned) @ Houston Texans
Sometimes, I forgot the Titans exist. What I will never forget is to look for defenses to stream against the Houston Texans. Because who could forget a team that gives up the third-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the second-most turnovers, and score the third-fewest points per game? Don’t be fooled by the last two weeks of competitive football for the Texans. The Titans are on a four-game losing streak and only have a one-game lead in their division. They know they need this game and the Texans are not very good. I expect the Titans to absolutely demolish the Texans.
Los Angeles Chargers Defense (29% owned) @ Indianapolis Colts
If the Chargers were a better defense this year, they would be my number-one option this week. The Chargers defense is as talented as it is injured. Because of this, they’ve been a huge disappointment. However, the Colts are finding new and exciting ways to disappoint. They are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses, have the most turnovers, the third-most sacks, the third-fewest yards per play, and score the fourth-fewest points per game. If there is something you can do on offense, the Indianapolis Colts are bad at it. To paraphrase Rich Eisen, the Colts are so bad at football that they ended up firing Frank Reich and then stole his record for the greatest comeback in NFL history.
Cleveland Browns Defense (27% owned) @ New Orleans Saints
If you can’t get the Titans or Chargers, the Browns are a solid floor play with some real upside. The Saints give up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses and have the third-most turnovers in football. The reason this might be an incredible value is the weather this week in Cleveland. As of today, they are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow, with winds that could be as high as 60 miles per hour and wind chills at 20 below zero. Right now, Vegas has the current point total for the game at 32.5, which means they do not expect a lot of scoring, which is exactly what you want with a defense you are starting.