This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
With bye weeks now kicking in, competition for streaming becomes a bit tougher. I've never been one to look too far ahead in the season for D/ST strategy — partly because QB injuries throughout the year have such a huge impact — but it is good to have at least a loose plan for the upcoming 2-3 weeks. Per usual, we're here to help.
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Note: These recommendations are limited to team defenses that are rostered on less than 60 percent of teams on Yahoo or 45 percent on ESPN. Any references to fantasy points are based on Yahoo standard scoring, which doesn't include yards allowed.
Top Streaming Options for Week 6
1. Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU)
49% Yahoo, 47% ESPN
Team implied total: 26.5
Opponent implied total: 16.5
Upcoming Ranks (Projected) — Week 7: 18th (at SF), Week 8: 16th (vs. TEN)
As bad as the Indianapolis defense looked Monday night in Baltimore, this is still the obvious streaming pick for Week 6 if you're able to make it happen. The Texans' implied total (16.5) is two points south of any other team, while they and the Giants are the only underdogs facing spreads of more than seven. Houston has given up the sixth most fantasy points to team defenses, including five or more in four straight.
2. Green Bay Packers (at CHI)
25% Yahoo, 23% ESPN
Team implied total: 24.75
Opponent implied total: