This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
Before we get to the meat and potatoes for the few leagues still going in Week 17, allow me to take a brief victory lap for an impressive performance with recommendations in championship week.
The five defenses I wrote up last week included the four highest scoring units that met our streaming qualification (sub-60 percent ownership on Yahoo), with the Redskins, Bears, Cardinals and Panthers each scoring at least 14 fantasy points to finish among the top eight overall at the position. I still didn't quite meet my objective of landing all five teams in the top half of scoring, as the Lions (my No. 5 recommendation) tied for 20th with five fantasy points.
I did write last Tuesday that Week 16 likely would be fruitful for defense streaming, and while I wish I could say the same thing this time around, reality points in a far different direction. The top matchups largely belong to teams that already are widely owned, leaving us with only three streaming options I have any comfort level using.
The good news, at least, is that we could have some viable additions to the list once it becomes clear which teams intend to rest their starters. The Eagles, Jaguars and Chiefs are all locked into their current seeds, potentially making the Dallas, Tennessee and Denver defenses solid options for Week 17. We should probably still acknowledge that the Cowboys and Titans don't inspire a ton of confidence even if they're facing second-stringers, while the Broncos