Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 13
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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With the fantasy playoffs in full swing (or at least on the verge), we’re now streaming in crunch time, as a budding defense and strong performance could mean the difference between moving on, or going home.
New York Giants (@ Jacksonville)
The Giants haven’t exceeded five points since Week 4, but they make the list this week for two (obvious) reasons: they’re on sale for Black Friday ($2,800 at DraftKings) and they’re playing the Jacksonville Jaguars!
New York isn’t going to give you much return on sacks, but they do provide good upside with their 13 interceptions (tied for third-best in the league) and Blake Bortles has thrown 15 through nine games. Although the Giants have allowed at least 30 points in four of their last five games, the Jaguars provide a different sort of threat.
Because it’s at or around playoff time in most leagues, no one can fault you for passing on the Giants and looking for more security elsewhere. However, if your selection is limited, New York is sure to be hanging around on the waiver wire and they give you some flexibility in daily formats.
Miami (@ New York Jets)
Before its last game against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, the Miami defense had racked up 66 points in their previous four outings. They’ll get a shot at returning to that kind of output this week when they take on the struggling Jets, who are set to start Geno Smith at quarterback again.
The game total set at just 43 is something of a surprise given the Dolphins offense this season, but that helps us envision a simple game script of: Dolphins score lots of points and Jets don’t score many.
With the Dolphins having faced the Lions, then Bills, then Broncos… there’s a good chance you can get them off the wire after other owners cooled on them, but you’ll have to act fast. It doesn’t take long for people to catch-on that streaming against Geno Smith is a solid strategy.
St. Louis (vs. Oakland)
Saving the best for last, here’s your kind-of-surprising-but-not-really streamer of the week.
Why I Like the Rams this week:
– Oakland feels like they’re in store for a let-down situation after logging their first win of the year last week.
– The Rams defense is averaging 9.8 points per game over its last seven.
– Despite his positive play in spots, Derek Carr continues to throw dangerous passes.
Why I Don’t Like the Rams this week:
– They’ll cost you $3,200 at DraftKings, which feels too high, although it’s probably not.
Gimme the Rams. Vegas has a low total (42) on this one and the situation feels right for St. Louis. We’ve seen the Rams perform well against good teams (they held Denver to 7 points!), while the Raiders are still living off last week’s upset over the Chiefs. The Raiders are good for at least a couple turnovers and they will be without their most effective running back, Latavius Murray.
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.