Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 12
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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Road teams weren’t the kindest of streamers last week, so we’re back with a trio of home favorites for Week 12 that come by way of pretty lopsided match-ups.
Buffalo (vs. New York Jets)
Buffalo has been one of the best fantasy defenses this season thanks to their league-leading 39 sacks and 21 forced turnovers (good for third-best in the NFL). They’ve also scored at least nine fantasy points in eight of their 10 games, which bodes well against a 2-8 Jets team with 18 turnovers on the year.
As one of the lowest totals on the card this week, Vegas has this game currently set at 39, with the Bills giving up three points. Despite the Jets’ surprising upset of the Steelers and subsequent bye week heading into this game, that New York offense should be no match for Buffalo, with or without Michael Vick.
The game’s relocation to Detroit due to inclement weather and the wrench thrown into the Bills’ practice plans this week leading up to the game is some cause for some concern. Because of the conditions (and only those conditions), it wouldn’t be nuts to skip out on Buffalo this week and go with the next two (seemingly safer) options.
Indianapolis (vs. Jacksonville)
As streaming defense enthusiasts, we sorely missed Jacksonville’s offense last week. Thankfully, the Jags are back, they’re traveling to Indy and they’re preparing to take on a respectable Colts defense. Happy streaming!
The Colts will set you back $3,200 over at DraftKings this week and for good reason, but don’t forget to check your league’s waiver wire too. Although Indianapolis was handing out strong performances on a regular basis from Week 3 to Week 6, they’ve fallen off a bit over their last three games with just seven total points.
Vegas has a 50.5 total on this game, which is usually high enough to look elsewhere. Andrew Luck and the Colts are one of the top offenses in the league, meaning the wise guys are doing nothing more than predicting a blowout. Combine Indy’s offense with the Jaguars’ turnover tendencies and a very leaky defense and everything is in favor of the Colts.
San Francisco (vs. Washington)
There was a short stretch earlier in the season when some cooled on San Francisco after a couple 2-3 point performances. However, now the 49ers are on a bit of a hot streak, averaging nearly 12 ppg in four of their last five games (the bad performance coming in Denver against the Broncos). Although things are a bit tougher without Patrick Willis, San Francisco has a solid back-up in rookie Chris Borland, Aldon Smith is back and they remain a huge takeaway team with 21 through 10 games.
Who even knows where to begin with the Washington Redskins? Same drama, same crap and now one has to wonder how the team responds following the latest press conferences and underlying statements. Do the offensive playmakers leave it all out on the field despite the recent grumblings regarding the quarterback and his relationship inside the locker room?
Aside from the drama, the Redskins offense hasn’t been threatening enough (except sometimes with DeSean Jackson) to warrant much concern, especially against a top-ranked defense like San Francisco.
The 49ers are nine-point favorites at home and you’d have to think odds-makers are banking on a majority of the 44-point line coming from Colin Kaepernick and the San Fran offense. This game has all the makings of a double-digit win.
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.