The best defenses to stream in fantasy in Week 4

Things are coming into focus for fantasy defenses, and Mike Tagliere has some ideas for sneaky plays this week.

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The best defenses to stream in fantasy in Week 4


It was definitely a better week for those streaming defenses last week, as the Raiders, Dolphins and Buccaneers all came through as fine plays. But it only gets tougher from here, as the bye-week blues begin this Sunday — the Packers and Eagles get the week off.

Strolling through the potential streamers this week, one thing was apparent. There aren’t many home favorites that are less than 60-percent owned, which brings us a tough spot. Ideally you want to shoot for the home defense in a game they’re projected to win, but Week 4 makes that tough.

But we aren’t throwing darts here; it’s somewhat of a science (though Trevor Siemian doesn’t seem to care about that). On the other hand, if you did grab the Bengals last week, it’s wise to stick with them vs. Miami this week. The only reason they aren’t in here is because their ownership is now over 60 percent. Let’s take a look at which defense you should be aiming for when waivers clear this week.

New York Giants (at Minnesota Vikings)

It was a shock to see the Giants just 18 percent owned, but numbers don’t lie. They have played extremely well this year despite the tough start to their schedule, having played two divisional opponents (Cowboys and Redskins) and the high-powered Saints offense. In that time, they’ve allowed just three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

  • ebrian

    Let’s review last week’s picks (scoring may vary):
    Cincinnati: -1
    Oakland: 17
    Tampa Bay: 4
    New York Jets: 14

    Pretty good results. As more data comes in, I suspect Mike is going to get better and better :)

  • Lee DiNapoli

    Jax is in London right? I’d hesitate on using them.