Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 7 (2023)
If you’re in deeper leagues and have been playing our under ten-percent owned suggestion, you have to be pretty happy. After the Minnesota Vikings put up 21 fantasy points on the Chicago Bears, we have catapulted into the D/ST3 slot on the season. Our top and middle suggestions didn’t have big weeks but they held their own and are sitting at D/ST13 and D/ST15 respectively. Let’s have another big week!
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 6 was the Atlanta Falcons who posted five fantasy points. They allowed 24 points to the Washington Commanders while recording five sacks, doubling their season total. The Las Vegas Raiders were our middle suggestion and put up nine fantasy points against the New England Patriots. They allowed 17 points while recording four sacks and an interception. The Minnesota Vikings were the big winners of the week allowing just 13 points to the Chicago Bears while recording five sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown enroute to 21 fantasy points.
Week 6 Results
Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Commanders - 5 Points
Las Vegas Raiders vs. New England Patriots - 9 Points
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - 21 Points
Top Suggestion - 48 Points (D/ST13)
Middle Suggestion - 46 Points (D/ST15)
Under 10% Owned - 61 Points (D/ST3)
Week 7 Suggestions
Washington Commanders at New York Giants (Owned in 32% of Yahoo and 24.7% of ESPN Leagues)
The New York Giants’ are in shambles right now. They’re without Daniel Jones and turned to Tyrod Taylor in his absence. Last week against the Buffalo Bills the offense failed to score a touchdown and posted just nine points. Taylor managed just 200 yards last week without throwing a touchdown. The good thing was he didn’t throw an interception but did get sacked three times. The New York Giants have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season. The Washington Commanders have recorded 19 sacks so far this season, tied for the sixth most in the NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons (Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 21.6% of ESPN Leagues)
The Falcons have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing defenses to start the season. The Buccaneers had recorded an interception in each of their previous four games before playing the Detroit Lions last week and also have four fumble recoveries on the season. Desmond Ridder has also been sacked 19 times thus far this season, making him tied for the fourth most sacked quarterback. This Buccaneers defense has allowed more than 20 points just once through five games as well. Ridder and company are going to be in for a tough one on Sunday.
New York Giants vs. Washington Commanders (Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 1.9% of ESPN Leagues)
This is going to be a game for the fantasy defenses! I already made the Washington Commanders my top suggestion and now include the opposing team as my less than ten-percent owned suggestion. Sam Howell has been sacked 34 times already this season. That’s six more times than second most Daniel Jones, ten more than third place Justin Fields and 15 times more than a slew of quarterbacks in fourth. This isn’t a great Giants’ defense by any measures but the Commanders have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing defenses.