One of the biggest strategies in fantasy football is streaming defenses. Each week owners will look at matchups and make waiver wire acquisitions almost every week to find their starting defense. Here are fantasy football defenses to stream in week 10. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore’s defense has been solid this season, but has played well the last two games. They scored 18 points against the Seahawks, then scored 12 points against the Patriots. The acquisition of Marcus Peters and the return of Jimmy Smith from injury has vastly helped this team.
This week, the Ravens play the lowly Cincinnati Bengals, who are the only team in the NFL without a win. Cincinnati does get A.J. Green back, but their offensive line is still bad. With a rookie quarterback starting in Ryan Finley, the Ravens should have a lot of success. Their defense is owned in 33.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have had a decent defense this season, but specifically have played well in the last four games. They have scored at least eight points a week over their last four games and those games include matchups against top offenses like the Chiefs and the Texans. With Darius Leonard back healthy, the defense looks good.
Indianapolis also has a favorable matchup this week, which should make them a popular add on the waiver wire. The Colts play the Dolphins. Miami is one of the worst offenses in the league despite their win against the Jets this past week. The Colts are owned in 37.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Cleveland Browns
Although they have had an up and down season defensively, the Browns have been more consistent as of late. The 23rd-ranked fantasy defense has scored five points in each of the last two weeks. One of those was against the Patriots and the other was against the Broncos.
Now, the Browns will play the Bills, who don’t score many points. They average just 19.8 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the league. The Bills don’t do much damage against fantasy defenses either and the Browns should be able to produce some fantasy points by getting pressure on Josh Allen. The Browns are owned in 30.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. New York Jets
The Jets don’t have a great defense, but they are brought down by the fact that their offense doesn’t always sustain drives. They are ranked 16th as a fantasy defense, but that is mostly because they had big days against Buffalo and New England earlier in the season. They scored six points against the Dolphins last week and should score similarly this week.
Adam Gase’s team will play the Giants this week. The Giants have had trouble moving the ball and turning the ball over this season. They are owned in 20.5 percent of leagues and can be a defense to pick up for desperate owners.
5. New York Giants
Both defenses in the battle for New York can be played this weekend. The Giants are one of the most sporadic defenses in the league. They scored 24 points against the Redskins, but also scored -8 against Dallas in the opener. The Giants rank 20th as a fantasy defense.
Sam Darnold is “seeing ghosts” and turning the ball over in crazy ways. The Giants still have good players on their defense, and former Jet Leonard Williams will want revenge against his former team. They are owned in just 2.7 percent of ESPN leagues.