Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 12
Week 11 was not good to us on the Streamable Defenses of the Week forefront. Combined, we scored a total of 11 fantasy points across three suggestions. That isn’t going to cut it. However, each of our three suggestions are now within the top ten of the season-long overall D/ST standings. That’s a plus. Let’s see what Week 12 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.
Our top suggestion for Week 11 was the Washington Commanders who allowed 25 points to the New York Giants but did record nine sacks en route to nine fantasy points. The magic in Minnesota may have ended as the Vikings’ defense scored just two fantasy points against the Broncos while allowing 21 points and recording two sacks. The Titans were our less than ten-percent owned suggestion and posted a goose egg while allowing 34 points to the Jaguars and recording just one sack.
Week 11 Results
Washington Commanders vs. New York Giants - 9 Points
Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos - 2 Points
Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers - 0 Points
Top Suggestion - 82 Points (D/ST10)
Middle Suggestion - 87 Points (D/ST7)
Under 10% Owned - 115 Points (D/ST2)
Week 12 Suggestions
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants - Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 28.1% of ESPN Leagues
To begin with, the Giants have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses so far this season. This Patriots’ defense has not been great as of late by any means, but it has been consistent. They’ve recorded an interception in each of their last five games and recovered a fumble in three-of-their-last-four. The Patriots have also recorded six sacks across their last four games as well. Tommy DeVito was sacked nine times last week at the hands of the Washington Commanders. The combination of Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and DeVito have been sacked 62 times this season, that’s an average of 5.5 times per game.
Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns - Owned in 33% of Yahoo and 5.3% of ESPN Leagues
With Deshaun Watson on the IR, the Browns will continue on with Dorian Thompson-Robinson as their starting quarterback. The fifth round rookie did not look great in his last start against the Pittsburgh Steelers and will get an even tougher test this week with this inspired Broncos’ defense. Thompson-Robison threw for 165 yards on 24-for-43 passing with an interception. This Broncos’ defense hasn’t allowed more than 23 points in each of their last six games. They have 16 takeaways in those six games as well. This is going to be a tough one for the Browns this week.
Tennessee Titans vs. Carolina Panthers - Owned in 5% of Yahoo and 4.8% of ESPN Leagues
I know the Titans burned me last week, but I’m going back to the well. Let’s put this simply, the Carolina Panthers’ offense is god awful. They have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing defenses at this point of the season. Beyond last week’s game against the Jaguars, the Titans defense has allowed at most 24 points in six consecutive games. The Panthers scored ten, 13, 13 and 15 points across their last four games. This Titans’ defense should have a decent week.