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Top Fantasy Football Streaming Defenses for Week 13

Jason Schandl
Top fantasy football streaming defense picks for Week 13, including the Las Vegas Raiders.
Top fantasy football streaming defense picks for Week 13, including the Las Vegas Raiders. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Few defenses are true every-week starting options in fantasy football. That's why "streaming" the position, picking defenses off the waiver wire as needed every week, can be such a useful strategy.

Here are our top three defenses, rostered in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, to target as streaming options in Week 13.

Fantasy Defenses to Stream Week 13

3. Tennessee Titans (vs CLE)

The Tennessee Titans defense is rolling, with double-digit fantasy points in two of their last four games. The Cleveland Browns offense has put up 20-plus points in back-to-back games, but those were both soft matchups (Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles), meaning this matchup isn't nearly as bad as it might look. Baker Mayfield has also been sacked 6 times while throwing just 2 touchdowns in three games since the Browns' bye week.

2. Los Angeles Chargers (vs NE)

Scoring 10 fantasy points against the New York Jets in Week 11 may not have made the Los Angeles Chargers defense look too scary. Scoring 9 the following game against the Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, is a great sign. The Chargers have now racked up 8 QB hits in each of their last two games, and they get a good matchup as they close out their AFC East tour against the New England Patriots in Week 13. Cam Newton has thrown 9 interceptions to just 4 touchdowns in 2020, and he's been sacked 5 times in the last two weeks.

1. Las Vegas Raiders (at NYJ)

This is the easy one. The Las Vegas Raiders defense has not been very good this year, so they're available in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Luckily, a matchup with the Jets has been a cure-all for defensive woes. There's probably not a single defense in the NFL that wouldn't be a viable streaming option in a matchup with the Jets at this point. They've allowed at least 7 fantasy points to opposing defenses eight times, including four games with at least 14 fantasy points allowed. A league-low 25.6% of the Jets' offensive drives have ended in points, their 30 sacks allowed are tied for the eighth most in the NFL and their 11 interceptions are tied for the sixth most.

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