With one game remaining in Week 15, it is a good time to look at the waiver wire in fantasy football. If you are still competing in your respective fantasy football league, then you are likely in the championship round. If you are one of the fantasy football managers that needs a spark, there are still a good selection of defenses/special teams available on waivers. Let’s break them down below!
Washington Football Team (34 percent)
Next up — CAR, @PHI
The Washington Football Team has been one of the better defenses in the NFL this season. They have the second-best pass defense in the league, only giving up 200.2 yards per game and recorded 40 sacks. Against opposing quarterbacks, they are only allowing 16.3 fantasy points game. In Week 16, WFT’s defense is projected to score 6.70 fantasy points against the Carolina Panthers.
Arizona Cardinals (34 percent)
Next up — SF, @LAR
The Cardinals’ defense is around league average in both against the run and pass. But they ranked 13th in the league in scoring defense at 23.5 points per game. This team feasts off of takeaways and sacks. On Sunday against the Eagles, they gave up 33 points and did not force a single turnover on rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. However, that should change on Saturday when they play the Niners, who are down Deebo Samuel and quarterback play is iffy with Nick Mullens.
Houston Texans (17 percent)
Next up — CIN, TEN
The Houston Texans have one of the league’s worst defense, but they surprisingly have some starting value in Week 16. They will be going against a Bengals’ offense that might be starting Ryan Finley for the second week and does not have a competent run defense. This season, Houston’s defense is only giving up 19.4 fantasy points per game and 31 sacks to opposing quarterbacks. Yahoo projects them to score 8.27 fantasy points, which is third-highest behind the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
Philadelphia Eagles (27 percent)
Next up — @DAL, WFT
The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense is ranked third in the NFL with 44 sacks, just a couple of spots behind the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the issue with the Eagles is their lack of takeaways. But in their last two games, they accumulated four takeaways, giving them a paltry 1.1 per game this season.
On Sunday, they will be going against a Cowboys team that they had two turnovers and four sacks against. Now granted that was with Ben DiNucci under center, but if the Eagles’ defensive line can apply pressure and if Darius Slay is healthy, then they could be a solid play.
Los Angeles Chargers (29 percent)
Next up — DEN
The Los Angeles Chargers do not dial up a ton of blitzes, averaging 17.2 percent blitzes per drop back. But they still find a way to generate pressure with 10.1 percent quarterback hurries per drop back, ranking them eighth in the league. In Week 16, they will be facing a Denver Broncos’ offense that is only allowing two sacks per game. However, Drew Lock has 13 interceptions on the season. Yahoo projects the Chargers’ defense to score 6.34 fantasy points.