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Best available D/STs on Week 16 fantasy football waiver wire

We break down the best defenses to consider off the waiver wire in a spot start for your Week 16 fantasy football championships.

Tashaun Gipson of the Houston Texans is tackled by Phillip Lindsay of the Denver Broncos after an interception during the third quarter at NRG Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Here are a few defenses with under 50 percent ownership on mainstream fantasy outlets that fantasy owners can consider streaming for their Week 16 matchups:

Houston Texans (19 percent owned)

The Texans have a matchup against turnover-prone Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have given the ball away at the highest clip in the NFL, and Winston has thrown 24 interceptions, easily the most in the league. Five of Winston’s picks have been returned for touchdowns, also the most in the league. Winston has fumbled the ball 12 times, tied for third most among all players, and Tampa Bay has also allowed more sacks than average.

Indianapolis Colts (43 percent owned)

The Colts are in good position against a Panthers team that has given the ball away at the third highest clip. Panthers QB Kyle Allen has fumbled the ball 12 times, tied for third most, and has thrown 15 interceptions in 12 games, also tied for third most. Carolina has also allowed the second most sacks.

Denver Broncos (18 percent owned)

The Lions are down to their third string QB in David Blough, who has thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes. In three starts with Blough under center, the Lions are averaging just 15 points per game.

Washington (15 percent owned)

It’s unclear who will be under center for the Giants in Week 16, but if it’s turnover machine Daniel Jones, Washington will be in good position for takeaways. Jones has fumbled the ball a ridiculous 15 times in 11 games and has added 11 interceptions. Eli Manning has started the Giants’ last two games due to an ankle injury to Jones, and Manning also represents a decent target for fantasy defenses given his degrading skills at age 38.

Cincinnati Bengals (2 percent owned)

The Bengals have been one of the worst D/ST options all season for fantasy production, but a Week 16 matchup against a turnover and sack prone Dolphins offense makes them a rare fantasy consideration. The Dolphins have given the ball away the fourth most times and have allowed the most sacks. Cincinnati is available in almost all leagues.