Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 10 (2023)
It was another lights out performance by the Streamable Defenses of the Week in Week 9. Although it wasn’t our top or middle suggestions posting a massive stat line, it was once again our less than ten-percent owned suggestion that led the charge. The Colts posted 26 fantasy points against the Carolina Panthers as our other two suggestions (Patriots and Falcons) posted eight and nine points respectively. Through nine weeks of the season, our less than ten-percent owned suggestion is the D/ST1 on the season! Now, let’s see what Week 10 has in store for us!
I’m one to never invest a high draft stock into team defenses. I play the waiver wire every single week to find my D/ST for the upcoming week. Due to this, I find myself never drafting a defense and waiting for just before the start of Week 1 to grab my first defense of the season. This is where this series comes into play. Every week I will be suggesting my favorite three team defenses that are regularly available on waiver wires across most formats. I will also keep a running total of how my selections measure up across the season below.
The premise of this article is to bring forth three streamable defenses that fantasy football players should look to use for that respective week. To qualify for this series, defenses must be owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. At least one of the suggested defenses will be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues to cater to as many fantasy players as possible. You can find last week’s results below and previous week’s results at the bottom of this article.
The New England Patriots were our top suggestion last week as they hosted the Washington Commanders. The Patriots allowed 20 points while recording three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery en route to eight fantasy points. Our middle suggestion was the Atlanta Falcons against the Minnesota Vikings who posted nine fantasy points. They allowed 31 points to the Vikings but recorded four sacks and two fumble recoveries. As previously mentioned, our big winner of the week was the Indianapolis Colts who were our less than ten-percent owned suggestion and posted 26 fantasy points against the Carolina Panthers. The Colts allowed 13 points while recording four sacks, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
Week 9 Results
New England Patriots vs. Washington Commanders - 8 Points
Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings - 9 Points
Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers - 26 Points
Top Suggestion - 68 Points (D/ST14)
Middle Suggestion - 72 Points (D/ST10)
Under 10% Owned - 108 Points (D/ST1)
Week 10 Suggestions
Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Commanders (Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 34.6% of ESPN Leagues)
The Seahawks have five takeaways in their last two games against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. They also get the struggling Commanders at home this week, who have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season. Sam Howell also continues to lead the league as the most sacked quarterback at 44 times. That’s 13 more than second place Zach Wilson. He’s also thrown nine interceptions in nine games as well. This seems to be the perfect storm of an average defense playing in one of the NFL’s best homefield advantages.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans (Owned in 28% of Yahoo and 18.1% of ESPN Leagues)
Will Levis came back to earth last week on Thursday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers where he threw for 262 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception after throwing for four touchdowns in his NFL debut in Week 8. Now he gets a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense that has four takeaways across their last three games. The Buccaneers; defense has been in a stretch of games against teams that don’t allow many fantasy points to opposing defenses (Bills and Texans) but get a chance this week to feast on the Titans who have allowed the 14th most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season.
Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers (Owned in 3% of Yahoo and 1.6% of ESPN Leagues)
This is strictly matchup based as the Panthers have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing defenses and just allowed the Colts defense to score 26 fantasy points a week ago. This Bears’ defense is not good, but they were able to add Montez Sweat at the NFL trade deadline to help. I’m simply hanging my hat on the fact that this Panthers’ offense may be the worst in the entire NFL.