The NFL wrapped up Week 8 last night, and we’re now fully into Week 9. If you are streaming fantasy football defenses, as you should be, you’ll need to consider some of these waiver wire options.
We get some quality matchups in Week 9, as a few lesser owned D/STs face some turnover-prone quarterbacks. Below are five defenses available on the waiver wire in a majority of ESPN fantasy football league.
Denver Broncos (22.9 percent) — vs. Browns
Baker Mayfield has thrown seven touchdowns to 13 interceptions this season and has a two to six ratio over his last three games, while the Broncos have come on strong defensively after a slow start. Over the Broncos’ last six games they’ve totaled 17 sacks and five interceptions, including four sacks last week against a Colts offensive line that had allowed just seven in their first six games.
Philadelphia Eagles (42.9 percent) — vs. Chicago
Bears coach Matt Nagy has lost all confidence in Mitchell Trubisky and for a good reason but Trubisky will likely need to do more than he’s capable of versus an Eagles defense that stonewalls the run for 3.4 yards per carry and has averaged 29 points a game at home. If Trubisky is asked to win the game, the Eagles should have ample opportunities to accumulate fantasy points.
Cleveland Browns (17.1 percent) — @ Broncos
Joe Flacco is out this week with a neck injury, so the Broncos will go to Brandon Allen, a quarterback who lost out to Blake Bortles in a competition for the Rams backup quarterback job. Allen could always surprise, but there’s no reason to think he won’t have trouble in his first NFL game.
New York Jets (10 percent) — @ Dolphins
Miami might not be the worst team in the league but they are near the bottom and before last night, no defense had finished outside the Top-10 when facing them. The Jets also get a great schedule moving forward, with the Giants, Washington, Raiders, Bengals and the Dolphins once again, all on the docket.
Seattle Seahawks (37.8 percent) — vs. Buccaneers
Jameis Winston has turned the ball over 18 times in his first seven games and despite putting up good offensive stats, the Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season.