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 15. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Buffalo Bills
The Bills have had an average fantasy defense that ranks 18th in the league. They have three double-digit scoring performances on the season, but also have three negative scoring performances. In week 14 against the Steelers, they had one of their best games of the season, scoring 14 points.
While they will be on a short week, the Bills have a favorable matchup against the Broncos. Denver ranks 28th against opposing defenses this year. They will have to be careful, as Drew Lock is back healthy and just had a great performance, but they should be able to succeed. The Bills are owned in 49.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona has had a solid fantasy defense this year and rank 16th in the league. They have three double-digit performances and three negative scoring performances this year. The Cardinals are coming off their best performance of the season, scoring 20 points against the New York Giants.
This week, the Cardinals play the Eagles, who rank 29th against opposing defenses. There will be a change of gameplan though, as Jalen Hurts is now starting at quarterback. They will have to account from his dual-threat abilities, but they should be able to cause the rookie to make mistakes. The Cardinals are owned in 35 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings haven’t been a good defense this year and rank 24th in fantasy. They have two negative scoring performances, which occurred before their bye in week six. Since that point, they have two double-digit scoring performances. Those games came against the Bears and the Jaguars.
In week 15, the Vikings play the Bears again. After scoring 12 points against the Bears earlier in the season, the Vikings should be able to have another decent game. Both teams are fighting for playoff position, so it won’t be easy, but the Vikings should be able to put up some points. Minnesota is owned in 39.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. New England Patriots
They aren’t as good of a defense as they were last season, but the Patriots still rank ninth in fantasy. The Patriots have three double-digit scoring performances and only one negative performance on the year. They just had a great performance in week 13 against the Chargers when they scored 28 points.
New England will match up with the Dolphins this week, who rank 17th against opposing defenses. In week 1, the two teams played and the Patriots’ defense came away with 12 fantasy points. They could replicate their performance, even if rookie Tua Tagovailoa is under center for the Dolphins now. New England is owned in 46.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers haven’t had a great season, but their defense ranks 18th in fantasy. They have two double-digit performances and no negative scoring performances. Over the last four weeks, they have scored 28 fantasy points.
The Raiders will play the Chargers this week. In week 9, the Chargers scored two points as a defense. Things have changed since that point though. Las Vegas is struggling mightily. Las Vegas has only won two games since then and one of those was nearly a loss to the Jets. Quarterback Derek Carr has thrown five interceptions in the last four weeks as well. It is more of a risky play, but the Chargers are owned in 29.1 percent of ESPN leagues and could take advantage of the Raiders’ woes.
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