The NFL heads into Week 7, and the schedule is not great for fantasy football defense options. We get a couple quality matchups, but many of the options available on the waiver wire in a majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues are facing difficult matchups. Instead, if you’re looking to stream defenses, you might just have to get a little creative. With that in mind, here are a few options for you to consider with your waiver wire priority.
Denver Broncos (32.8 percent) — vs. Chiefs
This might seem like a bad idea, but a short week divisional game is always interesting. The Broncos defense is rolling in recent weeks. The Chargers and Titans aren’t exactly big offenses, but the Broncos are showing signs of life on defense. I think they give the Chiefs some trouble on Sunday.
Detroit Lions (2.7 percent) — vs. Vikings
The Lions got some turnover luck on their side against the Packers, but it was a solid all-around performance with an interception and two fumble recoveries. The Vikings are rolling right now, but I feel like they’re a bit overvalued for the moment. I suspect we see Kirk Cousins come back to earth in Week 7, so why not benefit with the Lions fantasy defense?
Green Bay Packers (37.6 percent) — vs. Raiders
The Packers has been inconsistent the past three weeks, but they come out of a tough game with Detroit set to welcome the Raiders off a bye. I think the Raiders could give Green Bay some trouble, but I also think the Packers defense is due for some turnovers. Given the dearth of options this week, the Packers are worth a look.
Pittsburgh Steelers (25.3 percent) — BYE
Normally I wouldn’t recommend adding a defense going on bye at this point in the season. But, the Steelers are on a roll, with four straight double digit fantasy performances. More importantly? They host the Miami Dolphins in Week 8. The matchups don’t get any better.