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 7. (Note: All defense mentioned are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
*All stats and rankings from before Monday Night Football
1. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have had a great fantasy defense so far this season. They rank third in the league and average eight points per game. They have specialized in getting interceptions, as they have nine on the season. New Orleans also has eight sacks on the year.
In week 7, the Saints are playing the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Seattle will be without starting quarterback Russell Wilson and are also without starting running back Chris Carson. The Saints should be able to limit the Seahawks offensively and force turnovers in the game. They are available in just over 50 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay ranks 11th as a fantasy defense so far this season. They average six points per game. The Packers have scored nine points three times for their season-high. Their season-low happened in week 1, when they scored -3 points against the Saints. The Packers have 14 sacks, six interceptions and three fumble recoveries this year.
This week, the Packers play the Washington Football Team. They are already playing with a backup quarterback in Taylor Heinicke, but also have starting running back Antonio Gibson playing through a stress fracture in his shin. The Packers should be able to have a solid day against Washington. They are available in just over 50 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco has an average fantasy defense, ranking 16th in the league. They score 4.4 points per game on the year. The 49ers opened the season with two seven-point performances for their season-high. Their season-low is -1 points, which was against the Packers. They struggle to force turnovers, which has held them back.
The 49ers play the Colts in week 7, which presents a solid opportunity for them. Indianapolis scores just 23.2 points per game. Their season-high in points per game came against the Texans last week. That likely won’t happen against the 49ers. The 49ers are rostered in 48.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has had a tough fantasy year. They rank 31st, averaging 0.2 points per game. They have three negative scoring performances on the year and their season-high in points is six points, which came against Indianapolis. The Seahawks have recorded 11 sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries on the season.
In week 7, the Seahawks play the Saints. The gameplan for the Seahawks will be to run the ball and shorten the game with a backup quarterback in. That means the game should be low-scoring. With Jameis Winston at quarterback for the Saints, Seattle could force some turnovers. They are currently rostered in just 5.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. New York Jets
The Jets rank 22nd in the league averaging 2.8 points per game. They have one negative performance, which came against the Falcons. Otherwise, they are putting up anywhere between two and five points per game. So far, they have 13 sacks and four fumble recoveries.
This week the Jets play the Patriots. New England scores just 20.8 points per game. They lack outside weapons and Mac Jones is still finding his way as a rookie quarterback. The Jets have a chance to force some turnovers and get sacks this week. They are rostered in just 1.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
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