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It’s time for your streaming defense options for Week 11. I’ll start off with a thank you to Jeremy Marin for his generous outlook on my Week 9 picks which were admittedly brutal. And he’s thrown down the gauntlet after his excellent Week 10. Two of his primary selections finished in the top 12 and both of his honorable mention selections were top 10. I’ve got big shoes to fill this week.
But I think I’ve given enough credit to Jeremy for one article, so let’s get right into it. Taking a quick look at the Streaming D App for Week 11, we see four defenses on bye this week, only one of which has been particularly exciting this year.
ESPN Ownership: 37.5 Percent, Yahoo Ownership: 25 Percent
Since taking over as the Broncos starter in Week 9, Brock Osweiler has thrown three interceptions and two touchdowns. The two opposing defenses have both finished top 10 for the week in scoring. Over the last two seasons, Osweiler has been largely unimpressive as illustrated by the RotoViz AYA App.
The Bengals defense ranks 15th on the season and has three games with more than 10 points. They’ve forced seven turnovers and are tied for seventh in sacks. If the Bengals can add to their turnover total and sack Osweiler multiple times, they should be among the top-12 defenses.
ESPN Ownership: 47.1 Percent, Yahoo Ownership: 46 Percent
A few weeks ago, this matchup would have been a must-avoid, but Tom Savage changes everything. Using the RotoViz Screener, Deshaun Watson is clearly the better QB on a per game basis, this season.
In the three games that Savage has started, Houston has averaged just over nine points and opposing defenses have scored 29, 9, and 16 points. Sacks will likely be the biggest avenue for success against the less-than-mobile Savage who has been sacked multiple times in each of his starts. The Cardinals have only two double-digit fantasy weeks and are the 23rd-highest scoring defense, but this matchup looks to be a positive one.
New Orleans Saints
ESPN Ownership: 46.9 Percent, Yahoo Ownership: 49 Percent
The Saints defense creeps closer and closer the the 50 percent ownership threshold, but in what may be their final eligible week, they’re a streaming option against a Washington team that allows 1.6 points above league average to opposing defenses. According to the AYA App, over his career, only 17.7 percent of Kirk Cousins‘ passes are over 15 yards. This should benefit the New Orleans defense, which has allowed below average catch rates and PPR points at depths less than 15 yards since Week 3, according to the Air Yards Team Defense tool.
And if this isn’t already clear from the past 10 weeks, this isn’t the Saints defense of old. They are currently the fifth-highest scoring defense on ESPN, and that’s with two negative performances to start the year. If those games had been zero points each, they would rank third. It’s time to get this defense over 50 percent owned, and with another positive matchup in Week 15, this could be a defense to stash for your playoff run.
The Kansas City Chiefs defense probably feels like a disappointment if you drafted them earlier than the second to last round, but for the fans of streaming, this has made them more available than they should be. Currently available in 39 percent of ESPN and 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, the Chiefs are a strong play against the New York Giants who allow 1.1 points above league average to opposing defenses. If they’re available in your league, they deserve serious consideration as a long-term stash with matchups against the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins still to come.
The Baltimore Ravens are another defense that should be 100 percent owned but are available in over 30 percent of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues. Currently ranking third for the season, they play against Brett Hundley and the Packers, a squad that allows 0.9 points more than league average. The Ravens should have their sixth double-digit scoring week.