One of the biggest strategies in fantasy football is streaming defenses. Each week owners will look at matchups and make waiver wire acquisitions to find their starting defense. Here are fantasy football defenses to stream in week 10. (Note: All defenses mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues. Stats from before Monday Night Football)
1. Tennessee Titans
The Titans have the 14th-ranked fantasy defense this season, averaging 6.4 points per game. Their worst performance came against Buffalo in week 2, when they scored -5 points. They have two double-digit-scoring games, which includes their season-best 20-point outing against Indianapolis. On the year, the Titans have eight interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 23 sacks.
In week 10, the Titans play the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are ranked 30th in the league in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Denver is still struggling to generate offense and the Titans have played teams tough this season. In week 9, they held the Chiefs to 20 points scored. They can do much better against the Broncos. Tennessee is rostered in just 15.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. New York Giants
The Giants are scoring 4.6 points per game in fantasy, ranking them 24th. Their season-low for points was -1, which came against the Cowboys. They have one double-digit-scoring performance, which was a 15-point game against the Bears. New York has one interception, nine fumble recoveries and 16 sacks on the season.
For the matchup this week, the Giants take on the Houston Texans. The Texans score 16.6 points per game. While Dameon Pierce has run the ball well for them, Brandin Cooks was inactive in week 9 after not being traded. With the Giants coming off of a bye, they can play well against Houston. They are rostered in 5.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are the 31st-ranked fantasy defense this season with an average of 2.4 points per game. They have three negative-scoring games this year, including their matchup with the Jaguars in week 9. Their best performance was against the Broncos, when they scored 13 points. Las Vegas has two touchdowns, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and nine sacks this season.
Fortunately for the Raiders, the play the Colts in week 10. After firing head coach Frank Reich, the Colts don’t have one person on their staff who has called offensive plays. They also score just 14.7 points per game, which ranks last in the league. The Raiders are available in nearly 94 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have scored 5.1 points per game, which ranks them 20th before their Monday Night Football game against the Ravens. Their worst game was against the Cardinals when they scored one point. They played their best against the Raiders in week 8, when they registered 16 points. New Orleans has two interceptions, five fumble recoveries and 19 sacks on the season.
In week 10, the Saints play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh is scoring just 15 points per game. They have yet t get running back Najee Harris going, which has not helped quarterback Kenny Pickett get acclimated to the league. New Orleans, even on a short week, could play well against the Steelers. They are rostered in 45.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta has the 26th-ranked fantasy defense at 3.9 points per game. They played a bad game against the Bengals when they scored -6 points. Their best showing was against the Rams, which resulted in a 16-point game. The Falcons have three touchdowns, eight interceptions, five fumble recoveries and 12 sacks.
The week 10 matchup for the Falcons is with the Carolina Panthers. Carolina is scoring 19.9 points per game and to add to their woes, they have traded away Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson this season. They also have a quarterback controversy, as P.J. Walker was benched at the end of their week 9 game for Baker Mayfield. Atlanta can play well and the defense is owned in just 11.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
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