Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 15
Blah. I guess that’s an easy way to describe our results from last week. I did mention that there was slim pickings on the Streamable Defenses of the Week forefront and that showed. We’ve had worse weeks in this series in the past but we’ve had far better. Anyhow, the playoffs are here and we have a lot of work left ahead of us. The fun is just getting started!
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 Raiders allowed a last second winning touchdown to the Baker Mayfield led Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football or our result would have been much better. Either way, they recorded four sacks and a fumble recovery en route to seven fantasy points. The Steelers defense allowed just 16 points to the Ravens last week but only managed two sacks to total three fantasy points. The Cardinals’ defense was far from impressive on Monday Night Football as they sacked Mac Jones once and intercepted him once to record three fantasy points. Let’s see what Week 15 has in store for us!
Week 14 Results
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Rams - 7 Points
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens - 3 Points
Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots - 3 Points
Top Suggestion - 106 Points (DST6)
Middle Suggestion - 112 points (DST4)
Under 10-Percent Owned - 103 Points (DST6)
Week 15 Suggestions
Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams (Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 37.5% of ESPN Leagues)
I continue to pick on the Los Angeles Rams and that’s for good reason. Matthew Stafford is done for the season officially and Baker Mayfield is now the quarterback. That should say all it needs to say. The Rams have allowed the second most fantasy points through 14 weeks. The Packers are fresh off a bye week which only helps to improve the health of a team with the combination of rest. The last time we did see the Packers’ defense they recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Bears. In eight games, Mayfield has thrown six interceptions.
Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals (Owned in 44% of Yahoo and 34% of ESPN Leagues)
Kyler Murray is done for the season and that means Colt McCoy will be the starting quarterback. McCoy is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league and can hold his own, which is preventing this selection from being our top for the week. In their last two games, the Broncos’ defense has recorded 19 fantasy points against teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. The Cardinals have also allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season.
Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 7.6% of ESPN Leagues)
The Panthers’ defense has actually been pretty good over their last four games. In that five week time span the least amount of fantasy points the Panthers’ defense had scored is seven. They are averaging over nine fantasy points-per-game in that same time span. The Steelers have also allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. This is all adding up for a big week for the Panthers’, just in time for the fantasy playoffs.