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Top Fantasy Football Streaming Defenses for Week 4

Jason Schandl
Seattle Seahawks could be solid fantasy football option in Week 4.
Seattle Seahawks could be solid fantasy football option in Week 4. / Abbie Parr/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.

These three defenses, rostered in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, are the top waiver wire streaming options in Week 4.

3. Los Angeles Rams (vs. New York Giants)

We're making an exception to the "50 percent or less" rule here because the Los Angeles Rams are arguably the top fantasy defense for Week 4 and are still available in over 40 percent of leagues. The Rams are massive 12.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, making them Week 4's biggest favorite by a significant margin. The New York Giants scored just 9 points in their first 2020 game without Saquon Barkley in Week 3, and things aren't likely to get much better in Week 4 against a Rams D that ranks top-10 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric.

2. Denver Broncos (at New York Jets)

The Denver Broncos may be in for some serious struggles thanks to Drew Lock's injury, but a matchup with the New York Jets is still hugely exploitable in fantasy football. Sam Darnold has thrown 4 picks to 3 TDs on the year, being sacked 6 times while the Jets have averaged just 12.3 points per game. The Broncos are pressuring opposing QBs on a middling 19.5 percent of dropbacks (No. 22 in the NFL), but considering they have the league's fourth lowest blitz rate (18.8 percent), their pass rush is playing fairly well. The Jets have allowed the sixth-highest pressure rate (26.6 percent), and Darnold will likely be forced into plenty more mistakes this week.

1. Seattle Seahawks (at Miami Dolphins)

The Seattle Seahawks have allowed an NFL-high 1,492 yards in three games this season, but that's not a concern this week. The Miami Dolphins' offense is an entirely different animal than the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots or Dallas Cowboys' offenses. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been sacked 5 times on the year, and he already has a 3-interception game under his belt in 2020. Seattle has forced 6 turnovers this year (T-No. 3 in the NFL), and this D should be in for a bounce-back game against a Miami offense that has averaged the leagues seventh-fewest yards per play (5.2).

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