Streamable Defenses of the Week - Week 8 (2023)
It was another week with our less than ten-percent owned suggestion leading the way. This week it came with the New York Giants against the Washington Commanders. Their 14 points have pushed our under ten-percent owned suggestion to D/ST2 on the season. Our other two suggestions had quality weeks as well. Overall, it was another good week on the Streamable Defenses of the Week forefront! Let’s see what Week 8 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 7 was the Washington Commanders as they played the New York Giants. The Commanders posted nine fantasy points by allowing just 14 points to the Giants while sacking Tyrod Taylor four times and recovering two fumbles. Our middle suggestion for Week 7 was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who played host to the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs allowed 16 points while recording a sack and recovered two fumbles. Our big winner of the week was our less than ten-percent owned suggestion in the New York Giants who posted 14 fantasy points. The Giants allowed just six points while sacking Sam Howell six times and intercepting him once.
Week 7 Results
Washington Commanders at New York Giants - 9 Points
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons - 6 Points
New York Giants vs. Washington Commanders - 14 Points
Top Suggestion - 57 Points (D/ST10)
Middle Suggestion - 52 Points (D/ST16)
Under 10% Owned - 75 Points (D/ST2)
Week 8 Suggestions
Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans (Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 19.7% of ESPN Leagues)
Ryan Tannheill is unlikely to play in the Titans’ Week 8 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. This leaves the likes of Malik Willis to start for the Titans. Willis started three games with the Titans last season where he went 25-for-49 for 234 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Those aren’t his stats for one game, those were his stats for all three games. I’ve talked about the Falcons’ defense previously. It is not as bad of a defense as paper suggests. They’ve allowed over 20 points just twice in seven games and are fresh off arguably their best defensive game of the season against the Buccaneers where they allowed just 13 points while recording three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. The Titans have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 33.4% of ESPN Leagues)
This is a Jaguars’ defense that forces a lot of turnovers. Across their last four games, the Jaguars have seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries. The Jaguars have also allowed less than 24 points in each of their last four games and less than 20 points in three of them. Pittsburgh currently ranks second to last in the entire NFL in offensive yards-per-game at just 273.5. They also rank 26th in points-per-game with just 17.2. The Steelers have also allowed the 17th most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season.
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (Owned in 5% of Yahoo and 6.1% of ESPN Leagues)
This Houston Texans’ defense has been sneaky good over its last few outings. In three-of-four outings prior to the team’s bye week in Week 7, the Texans posted at least ten fantasy points. In those same three games they allowed at most 17 points and allowed 13 and six points in their other two games in that aforementioned stretch. They also have five sacks and three interceptions in those three games as well. The Panthers have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing defenses on the season as well.