This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
There's no beating around the bush — Week 7 wasn't our finest work for streaming recommendations. The top pick and fifth pick scored 10 fantasy points apiece, but it required a pair of blocked punts to get there, with the Saints converting one into a safety while the Giants recovered another for a touchdown. Elsewhere, the Packers and Titans came away with four fantasy points each, while the Lions (minus-four) were a brutal disaster.
Week 8 brings us a pair of first-rate streamers that are available in most leagues, but the quality of choices drops off a cliff thereafter, as the majority of favorable Week 8 matchups belong to defenses that already are owned in competitive leagues. There is one defense, Tennessee, that narrowly missed out on the ownership requirements for this space. The Titans get our No. 10 ranking this week, ahead of three of the defenses discussed below.
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Note: These recommendations are limited to team defenses with ownership less than 60 percent on Yahoo or 30 percent on ESPN as of Tuesday morning. Any references to fantasy points are based on Yahoo standard scoring, which doesn't include yards allowed.
Top Streaming Options for Week 8
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Miami Dolphins)
46% Yahoo ownership, 34% ESPN
Team implied total: 28.5
Opponent implied total: 14.0
Upcoming Ranks — Week 9: 12th (vs. IND), Week 10: 10th (vs. LAR)
The Miami offense was a pleasant surprise Week