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 week 11. (Note: All defense mentioned are rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
*All stats and rankings from before Monday Night Football
1. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have had a great fantasy defense this year, averaging 7.7 points per game and ranking fourth in the league. They have six double-digit performances, which can really help a fantasy manager win a matchup. The Panthers do have a -6-point performance, which came against Dallas for their worst outing of the season.
Carolina plays Washington in week 11. Washington scores just 20.6 points per game and has struggled to get the ball in the end zone with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback. While they played better than the Buccaneers in week 10, the team still has offensive struggles. With the Panthers having one of the best fantasy defenses in the league, they are worth playing. Carolina is rostered in just under 50 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Miami Dolphins
Miami has an average fantasy defense, ranking 15 and scoring 4.8 points per game. They have been on fire as of late though, scoring 17 and 18 points respectively in their last two contests. The Dolphins do have two negative scoring performances on the year, but those days might be behind them with the way they are playing.
This week, the Dolphins play the Jets. It looks like whoever ends up starting at quarterback for the Jets, whether that be Mike White or Zach Wilson, has problems throwing interceptions. With Miami having a good secondary, they could capitalize on that. On top of that, the Jets score just 17.9 points per game, so they aren’t much of a threat to hang a lot of points must weeks. The Dolphins are rostered in just 15.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has the 10th-ranked fantasy defense this season and they score 6.1 points per game. They had one really bad performance, which came against the Cardinals in week 1 when they scored -2 points. From weeks 7 through 9, they played extremely well, scoring double-digit points each week. They only scored five points against the Saints, but have still been playing decently.
The Titans have a huge opportunity in week 11, as they play the Houston Texans. The Texans score a league-worst 14.2 points per game and don’t have much talent on the roster. Tennessee could score in double-digits again. They are rostered in 45.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco is ranked 22nd in fantasy scoring for defense at 4.0 points per game. They have two negative-scoring performances on the season, with the most recent being in week 9 against the Cardinals with Colt McCoy at quarterback. The 49ers have scored seven points, their season-high, twice on the season. They played on Monday night and have a short week, but get a favorable matchup in week 11.
In week 11, the 49ers play the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are only scoring 16.8 points per game and just allowed the Colts to have some pretty big special teams plays against them. San Francisco should be able to limit their scoring and create some turnovers. The 49ers are rostered in just under 48 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati has the 20th-ranked defense in fantasy football at 3.7 points per game. They have two negative-scoring performances, which came against the Jets and Packers. Their season-high came against Pittsburgh when they scored 11 points. They are coming off of a bye and could regain their form from earlier in the season.
The week 11 opponent for the Bengals is the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders have gone through a lot this season and have struggled recently. They scored 16 and 14 points respectively in their last two contests and their games weren’t against teams that are known for their defense in the Giants and Chiefs. With the bye week to prep, the Bengals should be ready for the Raiders. The Bengals are rostered in 18.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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