Originally posted: December 26, 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 Arizona Cardinals were our top scoring defense, scoring 24 fantasy points against the Giants. They finished as the DST1 in most formats. In Week 16, our targets averaged 14.3 points and, overall, our streaming picks are averaging nearly 10 FP/game.
We’re in the final week of the season. Week 17 is here and for a small number of you, hopefully, a chance at your league’s ‘ship. Here are the defenses we’re targeting for the final week of the season.
Detroit Lions vs. GB
Packers got shut out by the Vikings last week and have been knocked out of the playoffs. They’ve gone back to Brett Hundley and he couldn’t do anything against the Minnesota defense.
Zeke Ansah is coming off a monster 3 sack game against the Bengals and should be able to take advantage of Green Bay’s offensive line. He’ll look to make up for his 2 tackle game in their first go around. Anthony Zettel looks to snap his 4-game streak without a sack.
Tahir Whitehead leads the team in tackles and is the defensive playcaller. He can make plays around the ball.
Darius Slay is their shutdown corner and followed up his 2 INT game with 3 defended passes against the Bengals. He’s the leader in INTs. Quandre Diggs has three consecutive games with an INT.
The Detriot Lions defense is available in 43% of leagues and look to be a solid streamer option. The Packers are struggling to score and have yielded 26 total points to opposing defenses over the last two weeks.
Washington Redskins @ NYG
The Giants are another team who seems to have mailed it in. The Cardinals shut them out and New York faces a tough Redskins defense in the final game of the season.
Anthony Lanier leads the Redskins in sacks and should be able to take advantage of one of the least efficient offensive lines when it comes to pass blocking.
Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan are Washington’s sack machines. Kerrigan leads the team in sacks with 11, while Smith has produced 21 QB hits.
DJ Swearinger leads the defense in INT, after picking off Brock Osweiler in Week 16. Kendall Fuller has recorded 4 INTs of his own.
The Giants are allowing an average of 13.3 fantasy points to opposing defenses over the last three games, thanks to a huge 24 point effort from the Cardinals. The Redskins are available in 61% of leagues this week.
Houston Texans @ IND
Houston faces an offense a bit worse than the Pittsburgh offense they faced in Week 16. The Texans get a better matchup, even though it’s on the road, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Jadeveon Clowney had a sack taken away by penalty in Week 16. He still leads the team in sacks, and is always a threat to get to the QB.
Zach Cunningham has been solid from the ILB spot, recording 28 tackles and 1.5 sacks over the last four weeks.
Andre Hal leads the secondary in INTs.
This could be a low-scoring game and Indianapolis could play their bench a bit more this week. The Texans are available in 50% of leagues and the Colts rank 26th in aFPA to opposing defenses.
Buffalo Bills @ MIA
The Bills are a low-owned option this week against a Miami Dolphins offense which has failed to score more than 16 points in their last two games.
Jerry Hughes recorded his first sack since Week 4, however, he’s still producing a pressure rate near 10%.
The strength is their secondary and their ability to cause turnovers. Micah Hyde leads the team in INTs with 5, while Jordan Poyer is right behind with him 4. Tre’Davious White has turned in a solid rookie campaign with 4 INTs and 18 defended passes.
Miami ranks 29th in aFPA to opposing defenses and the Bills defense is available in 65% of leagues.
- Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU – The Colts defense is also in play with Houston’s rotation of concussed QBs.
- Cleveland Browns @ PIT – Cleveland is only worth considering if the Steelers decide to rest Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell. It does look like Antonio Brown is already out.
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