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 14. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are a middle of the pack fantasy defense this year, ranking 14th. They are one of the few defenses that don’t have a performance of no or negative points. Last week against the Titans, they scored 11 fantasy points, despite allowing 31 points.
Indianapolis has a favorable matchup this week, which makes them playable. They play the Buccaneers, who rank 27th against opposing defenses this season. The Colts should be able to force turnovers, as Jameis Winston has thrown 20 interceptions this season. They are owned in 42 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Another average fantasy defense is the Dallas Cowboys. They rank 16th in fantasy points and have three double-digit scoring performances this season. Dallas averages 6.5 points per game, despite the fact that they have trouble causing turnovers.
This week, the Cowboys play the Bears, which should provide them an opportunity for a big game. Mitch Trubisky has struggled this season and they rank near the bottom of the league in most major statistical categories. Dallas is available in almost 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Houston Texans
Houston has one of the worst fantasy defenses in the league, as they rank 26th. Their secondary has been awful and they have had to deal with injuries, specifically to J.J. Watt. They do have three double-digit performances this year, but also have two negative scoring performances bringing them down.
Luckily for the Texans, they have a game against the Broncos this week. Denver ranks 25th against opposing defenses this season. Drew Lock got his first win as an NFL quarterback in his first start, but still has some growing pains to go through. The Texans should be to score some points this week. Houston is owned in 14.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. New York Jets
The Jets are not having a good season, but they actually have a good fantasy defense. They rank seventh in fantasy scoring this season. New York has five double-digit scoring performances this year, giving them a great chance to score points any given week.
Now, the Jets get to play the Dolphins. The Dolphins rank dead last against opposing defenses, meaning the Jets are due for another double-digit performance. Their defense is owned in just under 35 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay’s defense started out the year hot, but has since come down to earth. They rank 24th as a fantasy defense and have just two double-digit scoring games this season. To offset that, they have three negative scoring games and one game in which they scored 0. They did seem to get back on track with nine points against the Giants this week.
A week after playing the Giants, the Packers have a chance for another big scoring outing against the Redskins. The Redskins rank 28th against opposing defenses this season. They have started winning, but the Packers should be able to limit their offense in this game. The Packers are owned in 24 percent of ESPN leagues.