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 16. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Denver Broncos
The Broncos have a below-average fantasy defense this season, ranking 21st. They have two double-digit performances, against the Texans and the Titans. Even though they have lost good players to injury, such as Bradley Chubb, they still have some talent.
This week, the Broncos play the Lions, who rank 20th against opposing defenses this season. That ranking is trending downward too, as the Lions have been starting David Blough at quarterback due to a Matt Stafford injury. They are at home as well, making this matchup even better for them. The Broncos are available in over 80 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. New York Jets
While they don’t get much recognition, the Jets have a solid fantasy defense this season, ranking 10th in the league. They have five double-digit performances this year, which includes some games against good teams in the Patriots and Bills.
The Jets have a favorable matchup this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Duck Hodges is struggling at quarterback and Pittsburgh isn’t a threat to score a bunch of points. Their defense is owned in just 30.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis has a fantasy defense that ranks middle of the pack at 17th this season. They have two double-digit performances and can be really effective when they are relatively healthy. The Colts are coming off of a bad performance against the Saints though, as they scored -4 points.
The Colts play the Panthers this week, which gives them an opportunity to get back on track. Carolina is turning the offense over to rookie Will Grier because Kyle Allen has been struggling. Indianapolis is owned in just over 40 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Another team that isn’t getting a lot of recognition, but actually has a solid fantasy defense is Kansas City. The Chiefs rank 11th in fantasy defense this season and just signed Terrell Suggs. They have six double-digit performances, which includes the last three games in a row.
Now, the Chiefs play the Bears, who are doing better on offense, but still have deficiencies. Kansas City could keep up their hot streak this week. The Chiefs are owned in under 35 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Dallas Cowboys
Ranking 14th in the league, the Cowboys have an average fantasy defense. They have four double-digit performances this season. Dallas has had some bad performances, but the team looks like they are putting some things together after they beat the Rams this past week.
The Cowboys play the Eagles in a must-win game this week. Carson Wentz and the Eagles have been struggling to move the ball against good teams and their receiving core is depleted. Dallas is owned in 41.6 percent of ESPN leagues.