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 badly 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.
Minnesota Vikings Defense (29% owned) @ Denver Broncos
The Minnesota Vikings are one of the most low-key fun defensive streaming options over the last few weeks. In their last five games, they have 2 double-digit scores, 2 scores of 8 points, and a score of 5 points. Also during that stretch, the Vikings have 14 sacks, 11 turnovers, and a defensive touchdown. After a slow start, the Vikings’ defense has just been getting better. On the other hand, the Denver Broncos are playing on a short week, have given up the 8th most sacks to opposing defenses, and have given up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Vikings are a
Washington Commanders Defense (47% owned) @ New York Giants
When last these two teams met, the Commanders were the DEF9 on the week. I also predicted the Giants would win and be better and was right. Now that the Commanders have traded away half their defensive line, do I still think the Giants will be better? No, I do not. Why is that? Two words: Tommy Devito. The Giants are spiraling right now. They give up the most sacks, the fewest yards per play, and score the fewest points per game. Most important of all, they give up the most fantasy points to opposing fantasy defenses. The Washington Commanders are a very strong start this week.
Detroit Lions Defense (49% owned) @ Chicago Bears
If you can’t get the other two, the Detroit Lions are a strong option against the Chicago Bears. The reason they are not my number one defense is that the Lions’ defense is traveling cross-country from last week’s emotional win and I worry they might not be as sharp as they’ve played. On top of that, the Bears’ offense is fully healthy for the first time this season. With that said the Chicago Bears are still bad at football AND fantasy football. They are 6th in sacks, 3rd in turnovers, and give up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Starting the Lions just makes sense.