This week is a barren landscape for streaming D/STs. The matchups are tough all around, and most defenses under 50 percent rostered are suspect at best. I ended up fudging above 50 percent on the Cowboys because I wanted to give you some hope that there’s a D/ST out there worth playing.
Week 11 brings us four teams on bye, with the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans all taking a rest. There aren’t any D/STs that aren’t dependent somewhat on matchups, so any of these teams could have been decent starts against the right teams.
Dallas Cowboys (53.6 percent) — @Lions
The Cowboys are above the ownership percentage threshold, but rules were made to be broken, and this week, we needed to break some rules to have a waiver wire post! The Cowboys are a middling defense statistically, but Matthew Stafford has a broken back, so I like their chances against Jeff Driskel if he continues to sub in for Stafford.
Oakland Raiders (1.2 percent) — vs. Bengals
The Bengals were taken to the woodshed by the Ravens, and Ryan Finley helped them to a few more points than they needed. The Raiders looked great against the Chargers last Thursday, and they’ll get time to get healthy for this easy matchup.
New York Jets (21.3 percent) — @Washington
Dwayne Haskins has zero touchdowns to four interceptions on the season and now takes over as the starting quarterback. The Jets beat up on Saquon Barkley last week and Washington will want to run the ball, but will likely have trouble.
Denver Broncos (18.6 percent) — @Vikings
It will be hard for the Broncos to go into Minnesota and win, but their defense is worth taking some risk on, as they are Top-10 in defensive DVOA against the run and the pass. I’m not going to run out and grab them if I have a better matchup out there to exploit, but the talent in Denver with Vic Fangio guiding them is worth a play if you’re strapped.
Washington (8.5 percent) — vs. Jets
Washington’s defense isn’t good, but Sam Darnold has played so poorly at times that there’s no reason to think he might not give up a pick-six or fumble-six or butt fumble-six.