The NFL wrapped up Week 9 last night, and we’re now fully into Week 10. If you are streaming fantasy football defenses, as you should be, you’ll need to consider some of these waiver wire options.
We don’t get a bonanza of quality options, but there are a few teams on the wire which you can give a shot this week. With the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington all on byes, these plays take on even more significance. Below are five defenses available on the waiver wire in a majority of ESPN fantasy football league.
Baltimore Ravens (33.6 percent) — @Bengals
The Ravens just held Tom Brady to 285 yards, one touchdown, and one interception and his third-lowest completion percentage of the year. Now they travel to Cincinnati to take on newly anointed quarterback Ryan Finley. Finley showed well in preseason and may be able to put up some fantasy points on lesser competition, but with Jimmy Smith back, the Ravens are poised to shut down the passing game.
Indianapolis Colts (37.4 percent) — vs. Dolphins
Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to move the offense along, but he also continues to chuck interceptions. He had a strong game at home last week against the hapless Jets but had four turnovers in his two previous games. The Colts aren’t going to knock teams in the mouth, but they are going to limit them offensively while giving their quarterback some pressure as the 11th best team in adjusted sack rate.
New York Giants (2.6 percent) — @Jets
The Giants have the seventh-best sack percentage and adjusted sack rate on the season. They’ve had a lot of trouble stopping the passing game, but Sam Darnold has also had a lot of difficulties performing well in the passing game. On the year, the Jets have given up the most fantasy points to D/STs per game and Darnold has been in a major funk.
Cleveland Browns (30.4 percent) — vs. Bills
The Browns have a lot of talent on defense but can’t seem to put it together. Myles Garrett is a beast and has helped his team to sixth in adjusted sack rate while their secondary slowly gets healthier. Cleveland has been on the road the last two games and will return this week to take on the Bills. Buffalo had 11 turnovers in their first five games but just one in their previous three. The Bills have played three straight home games and five of their last six at home as well. They’ll need to readjust to the Dawg Pound or at least what’s left of it.
Miami Dolphins (1 percent) — @Colts
We’re scraping the bottom of the pickle barrel here, but if Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback for the Colts, there will likely be turnovers. Hoyer is a gunslinger in a below-average quarterback’s body. He could put up big points on you or completely meltdown, with the latter, a distinct possibility.