This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
Week 12 was a mixed bag for my steaming recommendations, with the Cowboys (nine fantasy points), Browns (eight) and Bills (seven) all providing above-average scores, while the Colts (three) and Bengals (negative four) fell flat on their faces.
Fortunately, we should have an easier time finding reliable streamers now that bye weeks are over and injuries have thinned out the number of starting-caliber quarterbacks around the league. I have a high degree of confidence in each of my five streaming picks this week…probably the first time I've been able to say that since October.
The five recommendations actually correspond directly with the top five of my Week 13 D/ST rankings, as the best matchups belong to defenses owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues. There are also some strong choices that didn't quite make the cut — namely Kansas City in a road game against the woeful Raiders.
Note: These recommendations are limited to D/ST units with under 60 percent ownership on Yahoo as of Tuesday morning. Any references to fantasy points are based on Yahoo standard scoring.
Top Streaming Options for Week 13
1. Seattle Seahawks (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
27% Yahoo ownership
Brilliant while leading a blowout win over the Raiders in his first career start, Nick Mullens predictably regressed the past two games with four interceptions against a pair of lousy defenses (Bucs and Giants). Assuming he gets another start, the 2017 UDFA will get his first taste of a real NFL defense,