Defenses to Stream – Week 16 NFL Fantasy Football

DFS Army’s Gthom goes over the defenses to stream this week. The defenses to stream listed below are normally found in at least 40-percent of leagues (prior to waivers).

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Chargers D/ST vs Indianapolis Colts

Available in 83% of Sleeper Leagues

Your weekly edition of “start whoever is playing the Colts” features the Chargers this week. Los Angeles’ defense is finally coming around as a unit. Especially if Joey Bosa gets healthy and plays.

Against Minnesota last week, the Colts coughed up one turnover and allowed seven sacks. The Colts allow the third most sacks in the NFL, now with 49. Indianapolis has out-paced all other teams in the giveaway department too; they currently have a league-leading 27 turnovers for the year.

Colts have been horrendous against opposing defenses all season and allow an average of 11.1-FPPG. That has not changed over their last three contests where they have given up 12-FPPG and 3.6 fantasy points above expectation.

Titans D/ST vs Houston Texans

Available in 70% of Sleeper Leagues

At this point there are a lot of defenses that I would not stream against Houston. The Texans’ offense has figured things out with Mills returning under center.

Facing the Texans in Houston during Week 8, the Titans defense finished with eight fantasy points on the afternoon. Tennessee logged three sacks and forced one turnover as well. It is worth pointing out that Houston’s offense has played better of-late, but for the season they allow 10.3-FPPG to opposing D/ST’s. That metric is third worst in the NFL.

Two huge factors should have you on the Titans this week: they are fresh off a tough loss to the Chargers and they control their own destiny for a playoff spot (they are currently 1st in the division).

Expect Tennessee to come out, at home, and role the Texans… Even without starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.

Broncos D/ST vs Los Angeles Rams

Available in 69% of Sleeper Leagues

Los Angeles has allowed 9.3-FPPG to opposing defenses and surrendered 3.4 fantasy points above expectation, over the last three weeks. For the season the Rams are the second worst team in the NFL against fantasy D/ST’s.

Despite trading a star linebacker, and the woes on offense, this Denver defense has played well over the last three weeks of the fantasy season. They average the seventh-most points in that time frame and they get a wheelhouse opportunity against the struggling Rams who just allowed the Packers D/ST to score 11 fantasy points.

The Rams have allowed 51 sacks on the season and that is tied for the most in the NFL. The Broncos have forced 19 turnovers this season, tied for the 10th most in the NFL, along with 35 sacks.

Buccaneers D/ST @ Arizona Cardinals

Available in 49% of Sleeper Leagues

Tampa’s defense against a third-string quarterback? Sounds pretty good for streaming! Trace McSorley will be the Arizona quarterback and last week in his limited opportunities he had 15 pass attempts and threw two interceptions. McSorley did not finish with a touchdown either.

Streaming the Buccaneers D/ST is more about the opportunity with McSorely as Arizona’s quarterback, and not about Tampa’s recent performance. In their last three games the Bucs D/ST has averaged 1.3-FPPG… GROSS! This shouldn’t scare you though because the Cardinals’ season is essentially over and Tampa Bay is fighting for a playoff spot… with Tom Brady on their team.

The Bucs should be ready for this game. A pick-six and/or multiple turnovers is in the realm of possibilities for this defense.

Sleeper Defenses to Stream:

  • Bengals D/ST @ New England Patriots
  • Chiefs D/ST vs Seattle Seahawks



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