Originally posted: November 28, 2017
Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of Yahoo fantasy leagues to be eligible as a streaming option. This ensures we are talking about defenses that are readily available.
Last week, the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers were our top-scoring defenses with 17 fantasy points against the Dolphins and Jets, respectively. They finished as the DST2 in most formats. In Week 12, our targets averaged 12.6 points and, overall, our streaming picks are averaging nearly 10 FP/game.
Continue to target a defense facing a below average or rookie QB or making a long road trip. Week 13 is here, and for a lot of you, fantasy playoffs are beginning. Here are the defenses we’re targeting for the upcoming week.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Browns
The Browns traveling circus makes the West Coast trip to visit the Chargers, who have revenge on their mind, as they were the lone win for the Browns last season.
Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were held without a sack last week but should find the sledding easier against Cleveland’s offensive line. Bosa, even without the sack, still generated a 17% pressure rate against the Dallas offensive line.
Deznel Perryman has returned to improve the linebacker position.
Casey Hayward has 3 INTs in the last two weeks and also has 16 defended passes. Jahleel Addae leads the team in tackles and has 5 defended passes on the year.
The Browns allergic reaction to points continues and have only scored more than 20 points twice. Cleveland has allowed the second-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to opposing defenses and I’m still surprised to see such a low ownership for the Chargers. They are available in 68% of leagues this week.
Washington Redskins @ Cowboys
Take advantage of the slumping Cowboys while you can. They have hit the skids without Ezekiel Elliott and have lost three games in a row.
Matt Ioannidis has been one of the bright spots of the Redskins defense, producing 3.5 sacks and 13 QB hits. He’s a big play specialist who’s generated a 12% pressure rate this season.
Zach Brown is the team leader in tackles (110) and has a few big plays—2.5 sacks and 5 QB hits. Ryan Kerrigan is going to get most of the attention from the Cowboys offensive line, as he’s registered 9 sacks and a 15% pressure rate. Preston Smith has 4.5 sacks and 15 QB hits.
Kendall Fuller and DJ Swearinger are big-play specialists who have combined for 7 INTs. Beshaud Breeland doesn’t have a pick but has defended 12 passes.
The Cowboys have lost three straight games and are scoring fewer than 10 points in each of those games. Dak Prescott looks like an average QB without Zeke in the backfield and he’s having trouble getting the ball to his playmakers. Washington’s defense is available in 83% of leagues this week and Dallas is allowing the sixth-most schedule-adjusted points to defenses.
Chicago Bears vs. 49ers
The Bears are coming off a rough outing, however, they welcome the 49ers into Soldier Field for Week 13. The Bears defense has been a surprise this season, limiting opposing receivers and generating pressure.
Akiem Hicks leads the defensive line, and team, in sacks with 7 and is generating an 11% QB pressure rate.
Leonard Floyd is turning in a solid sophomore campaign, generating a 13% pressure rate, resulting in 5.5 sacks and 13 QB hits.
The secondary has had issues turning the ball over but Adrian Amos has produced 3 turnovers this season.
The Bears are in a good position to produce this week, as the 49ers rank 26th in aFPA to opposing defenses. San Francisco just doesn’t have the weapons to keep the Bears defense honest. Chicago’s defense is available in 83% of leagues.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Packers
It’s the battle of the Bays at Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s offense has sputtered since Aaron Rodgers went down for the season.
I’m hoping Robert Ayers returns this week, as it would be a big boost for the pass rush. Ayers, while he didn’t record a sack, was generating pressure and has had 5 QB hits in his previous two games. Gerald McCoy leads the team in sacks.
Lavonte David leads the team in tackles and has been responsible for 4 turnovers, so he’s capable of stripping the ball. Kwon Alexander also makes big plays, as he’s been responsible for 3 turnovers.
Opposing QBs tend to stay away from Brent Grimes, leaving opportunities for Robert McClain and the safeties.
In Green Bay’s four losses since Brett Hundley took over, they’ve averaged just 11 points. Tampa has playmakers on the defense and it’s just not a good offense without Rodgers. Green Bay’s defense is available in 92% of leagues.
- Tennessee Titans vs HOU – Tom Savage is going to throw it to DeAndre Hopkins, and for the most part, opposing defenses expect that. The Texans are allowing the 8th-most aFPA to opposing defenses.
- Detroit Lions @ BAL – The Lions have a solid secondary that features Darius Slay with capable pass rushers up front in Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel.
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