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Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 13

Overall, it was one of our most successful weeks on the Streamable Defenses of the Week forefront of the season. Each of our three suggestions we made for Week 12 got into the double-digits for fantasy points scored. I know there was no massive home run hit, but this is the first time all season where all three of our suggestions topped ten points scored. Let’s keep the ball rolling into Week 13!

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 who played the New York Giants. They scored 12 fantasy points behind ten points allowed, six sacks and a fumble recovery. The Denver Broncos continued their improbable mid-season turn around with a 16 fantasy point performance against the Cleveland Browns. The Broncos allowed 12 points while recording four sacks and three fumble recoveries. The Tennessee Titans were our less than 10–percent owned suggestion and they posted ten fantasy points behind four sacks, a fumble recovery and ten points allowed against the Carolina Panthers.

Week 11 Results

New England Patriots vs. New York Giants - 12 Points

Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns - 16 Points

Tennessee Titans vs. Carolina Panthers - 10 Points

Overall Results

Top Suggestion - 94 Points (D/ST8)

Middle Suggestion - 103 Points (D/ST7)

Under 10% Owned - 125 Points (D/ST2)

Week 13 Suggestions

Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets (Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 16.5% of ESPN Leagues)

I’ve featured the Atlanta Falcons several times in this series throughout the season and I constantly cite the fact that the Falcons are a better defense than paper suggests and I stand behind that statement. They’re not flashy and don’t post huge numbers, but they do play solid defense. They get the Jets this week who have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Jets have not topped 13 points scored over their last four games. They scored 13 against the Giants, six against the Chargers, 6 against the Bills and 13 against the Dolphins. Neither of those four listed defenses are as good as the Falcons. The Jets have no clue what they’re doing at quarterback either but whoever they roll out there, is not a good option.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers (Owned in 34% of Yahoo and 15% of ESPN Leagues)

The Carolina Panthers are a team I’m constantly following with this article series. They are what we call god awful. The Panthers have not topped 15 points scored in each of their last five games and 21 points in their last six. They scored 15 against the Texans, 13 against the Colts, 13 against the Bears, ten against the Cowboys and ten against the Titans. They made a rather poor Titans’ defense look good last week. The Buccaneers are also not a great defense but the Panthers are one of those offenses that can make a poor defense look good. The Panthers have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns (Owned in 8% of Yahoo and 4% of ESPN Leagues)

With Deshaun Watson out after undergoing surgery on his right throwing shoulder, the Browns remain in a bad spot with their quarterback situation. Dorian Thompson-Robinson suffered a concussion that took him out of the game against the Broncos in the third quarter. P.J. Walker finished the game. The quarterback situation seems to be up in the air for the Browns for Week 13 against the Rams. Either way, it’s not going to be a good situation for the Browns. The Browns turned the ball over three times last week as well. This Rams defense is nothing great, but another ‘right place at the right time.’ On the season the Browns have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing defenses.

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