This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
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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 8
1. Cincinnati Bengals (at NYJ)
21% Yahoo, % ESPN
Team implied total: 26.5
Opponent implied total: 16.5
Upcoming Ranks (Projected) — Week 9: 13th (vs. CLE), Week 10: BYE
The Bengals are an easy No. 1 among widely available defenses, heading to the Meadowlands after a five-sack showing against Lamar Jackson in Sunday's romp over the Ravens. Despite forcing just six turnovers in seven games, Cincinnati's defense has been impressive from a real-life standpoint, ranking 5th in NY/A (5.8), 7th in YPC allowed (4.0) and T-5th in sacks (19).
The Bengals shouldn't have too much trouble with Joe Flacco, who figures to start for the Jets just six days after being acquired in a trade. Flacco did play for the team last year, but that was with HC Adam Gase and OC Dowell Loggains, not Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur. It'll probably still be a disaster, even if it's slightly less of a disaster than the Zach Wilson show.
2. Seattle Seahawks (vs. JAX)
12% Yahoo, 7% ESPN
Team implied total: 23.25
Opponent implied total: 20.25
Upcoming Ranks (Projected) — Week 9: BYE, Week 10: 26th (at