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.
New England Patriots Defense (50% owned) @ New York Giants
If you are a fan of both these teams, you are rooting for your team to lose because this is the battle for Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. Both these teams are terrible, but the difference in this game is we have Tommy Devito vs Bill Belichick. To date, the Giants have scored the fewest points per game, giving up the most sacks, and have the fewest yards per play. This is my favorite defensive matchup of the weekend.
Minnesota Vikings Defense (47% owned) @ Chicago Bears
The Bears’ spirit was broken in week 11 against the Lions when they gave up a 17-point lead with under 5 minutes to play. I expect a big letdown for the Bears against a Vikings team that already was the number one DST in week 6 against this same opponent. The Bears have the 4th most drives ending in a turnover and give up the 6th most sacks. While my heart as a Bears fan says they could be competitive, my eyes that have watched them play know they will find new and interesting ways to lose.
Los Angeles Rams Defense (5% owned) @ Arizona Cardinals
If you can’t get the Vikings or the Patriots, the Rams are a solid streaming option for week 12. The Cardinals give up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing defenses and the Cardinals are one of the worst teams in football. The Cardinals have the 7th fewest drives ending in a score, the 9th fewest yards per play, and have given up the 9th most sacks to opposing defenses. My only concern with this play is that with Kyler Murray back, the Cardinals have looked better. If you can’t get the other two defenses, this is a last-ditch resort.