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 11. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins’ defense and special teams have impressed over the last several weeks. They rank seventh in fantasy and have four double-digit scoring performances on the year. Miami did have bad performances against Buffalo and Seattle, but have otherwise scored positive points every week. They have specialized in big plays with three touchdowns, eight interceptions and six fumble recoveries on the year.
This week, the Dolphins play the Broncos, who rank 31st against opposing defenses this year. The Broncos are still without the injured Courtland Sutton and may be without Drew Lock who is day to day with a rib injury. Miami should be able to take advantage and have a big day. The Dolphins are owned in 48.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
With the 20th-ranked fantasy defense this season, the Chargers have not played good football this season. They have one double-digit scoring performance this year, which came in week 1 against Cincinnati. They have no negative scoring performances, but they have scored 0 points three times.
The matchup this week heavily favors the Chargers, as they play the Jets. The Jets rank 32nd against opposing defenses this season. Even though the Chargers have struggled, they should have a solid day against the Jets. The Chargers are owned in just a third of ESPN leagues.
3. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have had a solid season for fantasy defenses, ranking 15th in the league. They have two double-digit scoring performances this year, which came against Washington and Indianapolis. Against the Ravens, they scored 0 points and against the Cowboys they scored -1 points, but for the most part they have been solid.
Philadelphia is traveling to Cleveland to take on the Browns this week. The Eagles rank 29th against opposing defenses this year, which should give the Browns a huge opportunity. With Myles Garrett healthy and Carson Wentz taking a lot of sacks, at the very least, Cleveland will have a few sacks. The Browns are owned in 20.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota has had a rough season defensively. They rank 30th as a fantasy defense and have had two negative performances, one against the Green Bay and the other coming against Atlanta. Their best performance came in week 10 against the Bears, when they scored 12 points.
The Vikings play the Cowboys this week, who rank 27th against opposing defense. While Andy Dalton is on track to start this game, the offensive issues for Dallas rest in the offensive line. Minnesota should be able to have a decent game on the defensive side of the ball. They are owned in 36.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Washington Football Team
Washington has had a rough year, but their defense has been relatively good. They rank 14th as a fantasy defense and have two double-digit performances. With one 17-point performance against Philadelphia and another against Dallas, Washington has proved to be inconsistent this year. They also have two negative scoring performances.
This season, Washington has excelled against the pass, which will come in handy when they play Joe Burrow and the Bengals. The Bengals rank 25th against opposing defenses this season. Washington is owned in 45 percent of ESPN leagues.
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