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. Anyone who got 26 points from the Kansas City Chiefs last week can certainly attest to that.
Here are our top three defenses, rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, to target as streaming options in Week 8.
Fantasy Defenses to Stream Week 8
3. Detroit Lions (vs Indianapolis Colts)
In his third season at the helm, defensive guru Matt Patricia finally has the Detroit Lions' defense playing at a semi-acceptable level. Detroit is currently No. 14 in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metrics, and the Lions just held the high-octane Atlanta Falcons' attack to 22 points. And it would've likely been 17 had Todd Gurley not accidentally fallen into the end zone. Detroit won't provide much in the way of sacks, but the Lions force interceptions at a 2.4% rate (T-No. 13). Pair that with a matchup against the erratic Philip Rivers, who has 6 INTs in 6 games and a bottom-10 INT%, and the Lions have a good shot at forcing an interception or two here.
2. Green Bay Packers (vs MIN)
The Green Bay Packers' defense the same fearsome pass-rushing unit we saw last season, but a date with the Minnesota Vikings could be just what the doctor ordered. Kirk Cousins is giving the ball away for free, as his 10 interceptions are tied for the league high despite the fact that he's played one fewer game than Carson Wentz. He's also coming off a 3-INT game against a Falcons' defense that ranks No. 31 against the pass in DVOA. Plus, Cousins is getting sacked at the league's ninth-highest rate (7.4%), so look for Z'Darious Smith (6.0 sacks in 2020) to get home a few times on Sunday.
1. Tennessee Titans (at CIN)
The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the most fun offenses in the league this year, but Joe Burrow's high-flying antics don't come without a cost. Burrow has been sacked 28 times this season, tying him for the most in the league alongside Wentz. He's also thrown 5 picks and fumbled 8 times, 3 of which were lost. The Tennessee Titans' defense isn't what many hoped it would be this year (No. 17 in DVOA), but Mike Vrabel's squad should be expected to be playing with a lead, as 6-point road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook. With Burrow playing catchup, this defense should have plenty of chances to rack up sacks and interceptions in Week 8.
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