Squeezing the Defense:
Top Streaming Options for NFL Week 15
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 a nice dive into playoff time. Three of our four streamers logged double-digit totals (/subtle hand gesture to the Packers).
For those streaming in season-long leagues, playoff time can get a little easier without so many owners looking to add the same defense off the wire. However, the problem you may run into is a team having missed the playoffs still holding onto that defense you’re after.
Baltimore (vs. Jacksonville)
Baltimore is probably your easiest play of the week, but the Ravens will cost you a chunk over at DraftKings ($3,400) and Baltimore’s last four games have likely kept them on a roster and off the waiver wire.
The Ravens sit at 8-5 with three very winnable games to close out the season (JAX, HOU, CLE). The AFC North is entirely too tight to let a game like this slip. Everything seems to feel right about a Baltimore play this weekend.
New York Giants (vs. Washington)
Despite what records may say, Washington is currently the worst team in football. If you can find the worst team in football, you can also find the best stream-against option in a given week.
The Giants aren’t exactly a blockbuster defense, but they’ve done a nice job of feasting on bad teams as of late, scoring nearly 40 fantasy points over the last two weeks against both Jacksonville and Tennessee. Luckily for the Giants, the Redskins aren’t much more threatening.
Whether it be Robert Griffin III or Colt McCoy under center for the Redskins, the Washington offense is more than capable of sputtering. The combination of poor play among both passer and offensive line can quickly turn brutal.
As luck would have it, it’s the sacks (15) and minimal points allowed (14) over the last two games that have made the Giants an appreciated streamer and make them a worthy play for just $3,100 over at DraftKings.
New England (vs. Miami)
Thanks to a relatively cheap $2,800 salary, the Patriots can be considered a bargain buy this week and almost a sleeper too.
The most important thing to remember about this game: this isn’t the same Patriots team that lost to Miami 33-20 in Week 1. Quite the contrary in fact, as the Pats could be considered the best team in football right now.
While the Dolphins have earned respect this season, it’s hard to ignore their weak offense the past two weeks, producing just 29 points and barely getting past a miserable New York Jets team in Week 13. Meanwhile, the Pats have won eight of their last nine games and the defense has generated at least one turnover in five of its last six.
The New England defense is sturdy, and capable of limiting the Dolphins rushing attack. But even more so, it’s the potency of Tom Brady and the Pats offense that will set the tone for this game and potentially help the other side of the ball. At this price, it’s a risk worth taking.
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.