Streaming Defenses: Week 11 Targets
For those new to Streaming Defenses (also called Defensive Team By Waiver Wire, or DTBWW), the strategy goes like this: Each week, you target a mediocre defense on the waiver wire, looking for a good matchup (i.e. bad quarterback, suspect offensive line, etc.), preferably at home. You will typically get good defensive production without having to burn a semi-valuable pick on draft day. Or if you do draft a defense and they start to disappoint, you can stream the rest of the way.
Note: For more on selecting a defense each week, read Chris Raybon’s excellent piece about what factors go into an attractive defensive matchup. I have come to some of the same conclusions over the years, but he added a few new factors to consider.
I have been writing this streaming feature for five years -- offering readers several available-on-the-waiver-wire defense picks each week -- and they averaged DT5, DT6, DT7, DT10 and DT8 numbers from 2009 to 2013. Generating top 10 DT numbers off the waiver wire allows fantasy owners to basically ignore the position on draft day, instead focusing on more important areas.
Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of Yahoo fantasy leagues to be eligible. This ensures that we are talking about defenses that are readily available.
Last week, the Packers (19 FP, DT3), Ravens (15.5, DT5) and Cowboys (11.5, DT7) all finished in the top 10, while the Saints (6.0, DT17), Jaguars (5.0, DT18), Dolphins (5.0, DT18) and Steelers (4.0, DT22) had disappointing (but not disastrous) days.
On the season, these streaming picks are averaging 9.2 FP, or DT8-type numbers.
Let’s take a look at the top streaming picks for Week 11:
Browns (vs. HOU)
The Texans haven’t been a great matchup for opposing defenses, but this will be Ryan Mallett’s first NFL start and the Browns are playing pretty good defense in recent weeks. They posted 18.5 against the Bengals in Week 10 and have scored 7.5-plus in five straight weeks.