Defensive scoring in fantasy football depends more on weekly matchups than maybe any other position. There are very few true every-week starting options out there, and all but the absolute worst defenses can be worth using if they're in the right matchup.
Every week there are plenty of defenses worth starting that are available on the waiver wire, and it pays to be vigilant in keeping up with the best weekly plays at the position.
With that said, here are the top three fantasy football streaming defenses for Week 4, all of which are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.
3. Carolina Panthers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (16% Owned)
The most widely-available defense on this week's list, the Carolina Panthers have quietly been a top-12 unit in fantasy, racking up 35 points over four games. That comes thanks in part to an elite pass rush, which leads the league in both sacks (18) and QB hits (34). The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of only 12 teams to allow sacks on at least 7.0 percent of their drop backs and became the first team to give up a sack to the Denver Broncos this year in Week 4. That combination gives the Panthers some serious upside this week.
2. New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42% Owned)
The New Orleans Saints offense may look lost without Drew Brees, but their defense just held the Dallas Cowboys, a team that had scored 97 points in their first three games, to just 10 points on Sunday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed the eighth-most sacks and seventh-most interceptions in the NFL this season, and the Saints are 3-point home favorites this week on FanDuel Sportsbook. If Tampa Bay is forced to play from behind, the Saints have a good shot at piling up some turnovers and sacks this weekend.
1. Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets (40% Owned)
The Philadelphia Eagles are available in 60 percent of leagues before waiver wires process this week, but they are the third-best defense in our Week 5 rankings. The New York Jets, meanwhile, are likely starting Luke Falk here, which does not bode well for their offense. In two games with Falk at the helm, the Jets have scored only 17 points, with 14 of those coming from defensive and special teams touchdowns. Falk has been sacked seven times and thrown one interception on only 47 pass attempts, and those numbers are likely to balloon with the high-passing volume he could be forced into in Week 5.
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