Streamable Defenses of the Week (Week 11)
It was a very productive Week 10 for the Streamable Defenses of the Week. We didn’t have a lights out performance but we had three options that scored over eight points. That’s a win in my books. As we creep closer to the fantasy football playoffs, there is still work to be done. Let’s have another big week in Week 11!
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 every fantasy player. You can find last week’s results below and previous week’s results at the bottom of this article.
The Titans held the Broncos to just ten points and sacked Russell Wilson six times. They also recorded an interception. Not a good day to be a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. The Cardinals’ defense continued to play well. They allowed just 17 points to the Rams while recording an interception and recovered a fumble. To continue the trend, the Giants held the Texans to just 16 points while recording four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Week 10 Results
Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos - 12 points
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams - 8 points
New York Giants vs. Houston Texans - 9 points
Top Suggestion - 82 Points (DST5)
Middle Suggestion - 53 points (DST23)
Under 10-Percent Owned - 90 Points (DST3)
Week 11 Suggestions
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (Owned in 29% of Yahoo and 35.5% of ESPN Leagues)
The Bengals’ defense this week could very well be the DST1 for Week 11 overall. They get the dreadful Pittsburgh Steelers who haven’t scored over 20 points in a game since Week 1. I saw something on the day of writing this that the Steelers’ longest touchdown of the season was just eight yards. Through ten weeks. That is not a typo. The Steelers also are the league’s second worst in points scored averaging just 15.6 points-per-game. Anyone getting the Steelers at this point of the season needs to be played. The Steelers have also allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Washington Commanders at Houston Texans (Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 17.5% of ESPN Leagues)
Following a big win against the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, the Commanders are riding high. They’ll roll into Week 11 with a matchup with the Houston Texans who have allowed the tenth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Texans also only average 16.6 points-per-game. They recovered three fumbles on Monday Night Football and intercepted Jalen Hurts once. This could be another big week for the Commanders’ defense.
Houston Texans vs. Washington Commanders (Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 1.7% of ESPN Leagues)
Why not play both sides of what should be a sloppy game. Although the Commanders had a big win against the Eagles, that was mostly due to their defense who had four takeaways. They average just 19.1 points-per-game and that is a bit inflated due to their 32 point performance against the Eagles. This is still a limited offense that does turn the ball over. Between Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke, they have thrown ten interceptions, which would tie them for the league lead in most interceptions thrown.