Streaming Defenses: Week 12 Fantasy Football Targets

Streaming Defenses: Week 12 Fantasy Football Targets

By Mike Woellert (IDP Expert), last update Nov 21, 2017

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Mike is an IDP veteran, writing about and ranking IDP for over seven seasons and playing in IDP leagues since 2007. He finished 6th in overall IDP rankings and 1st overall In LB rankings in 2014 at FantasyPros. When he's not poring over IDP depth charts, he can be found agonizing over his Cleveland sports teams.

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Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of Yahoo fantasy leagues to be eligible as a streaming option. This ensures we are talking about defenses that are readily available.

Last week, the Los Angeles Chargers were our top-scoring defense with 25 fantasy points against the Bills and finished as the DST2 in most formats. In Week 11, our targets averaged 9.5 points and, overall, our streaming picks are averaging nearly 10 FP/game.

Continue to target a defense facing a below average or rookie QB or making a long road trip. Week 12 and that means two things: bye weeks are over and it's Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and thank you for reading this article weekly!

Cincinnati Bengals vs. CLE

We couldn't pick on the Browns last week, so here we are this week. The Browns will make the nearly four hour trip down 71 to Cincinnati. The Browns are going through the motions at this point.

Carlos Dunlap dominated the Broncos for 2 sacks and 4 QB hits and gets another favorable matchup with Cleveland's offensive line. Geno Atkins always seems to show up against Cleveland. Atkins was held to just a tackle in their first go around in Week 4, so I'd imagine he'll want to make up for his lack of production.

Vontaze Burfict is coming off a huge Week 11 with 12 tackles and a sack. Nick Vigil leads the team in tackles and also makes big plays from the second level.

There isn't anyone in the secondary who has more than one interception, but that could change this week.

Deshone Kizer has taken 21 sacks and tossed multiple INTs in four of nine games this season. The Bengals are available in 60% of leagues and the Browns are allowing the second-most aFPA to opposing defenses.

Continue reading for three more DST streaming options and two deep league candidates...

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