This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
Week 11 worked out favorably for streamers, with our top choice (Oakland) scoring 13 fantasy points and our second pick (New York) tallying nine. Nos. 3 and 4, Washington and Carolina, combined for just seven points, but the fifth and final streaming pick, Cleveland, came up big with 16.
The week ahead appears suboptimal for finding D/ST starters via waivers, but things should get a bit easier once byes are all out of the way. There also tends to be a bit less competition among fantasy managers late in the season, as teams with no shot at the playoffs often don't bother to add/drop defenses and kickers. It's probably a little early to burn top waiver priority on a D/ST, but don't be afraid to use FAAB if you've got plenty to work with.
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Note: These recommendations are limited to team defenses with ownership of less than 60 percent on Yahoo or 30 percent on ESPN as of Tuesday morning. Any references to fantasy points are based on Yahoo standard scoring, which doesn't include yards allowed.
Top Streaming Options for Week 12
1. Cleveland Browns (vs. Miami Dolphins)
50% Yahoo ownership, 29% ESPN
Team implied total: 27.25
Opponent implied total: 16.75
Upcoming Ranks — Week 13: No. 10 (at PIT), Week 14: No. 3 (vs. CIN)