Two of the top six scoring fantasy football defenses this season didn't even crack the top 15 in offseason average draft position (ADP) rankings.
Fantasy production for defenses is all about matchups and situation. That's why so many fantasy managers opt to lean heavily on the waiver wire and "stream" the position by readily adding and dropping defenses every week to find a new starter.
If you're one of those managers, The Duel is here to help with our top fantasy football streaming defenses for Week 9.
Streaming Defense Fantasy Football Week 9
3. Baltimore Ravens (vs MIN)
Kirk Cousins turned in a great start to the season, but he's also now thrown just 1 touchdown in three of his las four games. Most interestingly for fantasy football, he's being protected by an offensive line that ProFootballFocus has ranked No. 31 in pass blocking. The Baltimore Ravens' pass rush is tied for 6th in the NFL in pressure rate, and the potential for a big sack total gives them plenty of upside here.
2. Miami Dolphins (vs HOU)
To say the Miami Dolphins' defense hasn't lived up to the hype would be an understatement. But there's nothing to cure those woes like a matchup with the Houston Texans. PFF has Houston graded as the NFL's worst offense, and they're allowing the NFL's second-most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses.
1. New Orleans Saints (vs ATL)
The New Orleans Saints' defense ranks No. 2 in the NFL in fantasy points per game (9.9). They're available in a ton of leagues as owners dropped them ahead of a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they ended up dropping 15 points there. They now get a much easier matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9. This is one of the best defenses in fantasy football, and adding them as a Week 9 streaming option also gives you a potential every-week starter at the position.
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