Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 11
Whether it’s your college re-draft league, your intense dynasty team, or daily tournaments, the golden rule in fantasy football is to never break the bank for a defense.
As the most volatile position in fantasy football, nearly every defense in the league is a viable starting option for a given week. In daily fantasy, creating new rosters and therefore selecting new defenses is the name of the game. In other formats, over-drafting a defense or sticking with the same unit for an entire season is more like shooting yourself in the foot. With that approach, you’re simply not squeezing the position for all it’s worth.
Take these fun numbers from last season for example:
- Every one of the league’s 32 defenses posted at least two top-12 finishes
- 28 of the league’s 32 defenses posted at least one top-five finish
- 22 defenses recorded at least two top-5 finishes
There’s value to be had with every defense. Knowing who to play and when to play‘em is the key.
Using a rough criteria consisting of everything from turnover opportunities to betting lines, GX will help you manage fantasy football’s most volatile position by bringing you the top streaming defensive options each week for the entire season.
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Last week was the week of the wings, as the Cardinals, Ravens, and even the Falcons provided us with double-digit streaming options. This week we look to lean on a couple road favorites and a somewhat questionable underdog.
Denver (@ St. Louis)
You aren’t likely to find the Broncos available on your waiver wire, but for just $3,000 over at DraftKings, Denver is a great option this week against the Rams in St. Louis.
Even with the almighty Maryland alum Shaun Hill set to get the start now that Austin Davis has been figured out as the Case Keenum of 2014, don’t expect the Rams to protect the ball any better than what they have. They’ve played only two games in which they haven’t committed a turnover, and they give up more than three sacks per game.
With the expected game script reading like a blowout (o/u 50.5), the Broncos feel like a heavy favorite for at least 12 points on Sunday.
Pittsburgh (@ Tennessee)
It might be hard to trust the Steelers after their unexpected loss to the Jets last week, but as fantasy owners we have to be able to recognize the outlier and move on.
Pittsburgh is a six-point favorite on Monday night in Tennessee and their pass defense wouldn’t necessarily be all that to write home about if not for the Zach Mettenberger they’re preparing to face. In all three of the games he’s played this season, Mettenberger has thrown an interception and has recorded three losses by an average of more than 17 points.
Meanwhile, the Steelers are right in the thick of a very competitive AFC North, where no team can afford to lose. They’re set up well for a rebound this week in which Big Ben and the offense can get back to familiar successes and the defense can feast on a rookie quarterback making just his third career start.
With a $3,200 price tag this week, Pittsburgh is well worth a start.
Minnesota (@ Chicago)
This is a division game between two teams in which one defense feels the relief of good timing, while the opposing offense feels the pressure of a landslide. As fantasy owners, we can stream the Vikings this week and take advantage of the former.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Chicago Bears have been a near dumpster fire this season, committing 18 turnovers in nine games and suiting up a defense that’d probably struggle to stop TCU. The head coach is under fire, the quarterback doesn’t particularly seem to mind, and they’re currently in the midst of a three-game slide in which they’ve been outscored 133-51.
On the other side this week are the Vikings, who entered their bye last week following two consecutive wins and toting a defense ranked sixth in the league in yards allowed. Over their last three games they’ve racked up 16 sacks and average better than 13 fantasy points per game.
The $3,200 could be a bit lower, but it’s still a solid value if you’re comfortable with playing the hot hand against the dead legs. Minnesota has shown to be a good defense under new head coach Mike Zimmer and the Bears are sliding fast while giving away the football at every chance.
Shae hails from Maryland, graduated from Towson University, serves as a Redskins correspondent at Bleacher Report, leads his own circus at Bet Big DC, yells at the television from the couch, is a devout food enthusiast, takes pride in fantasy sports bargain shopping, is a sucker for the arts and is brimming with useless pop culture knowledge. When he’s not drudging away behind his outdated laptop, Shae enjoys eating, traveling and rooting for teams that usually don’t win.