This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
On paper, Week 9 looked great for streaming, with a handful of low-owned defenses drawing friendly matchups. In practice, the output from our five selections was mediocre, as only Carolina reached double-digit fantasy points. The lone consolation was a low-scoring week for team defenses overall, which meant six points from the Eagles or Jets was enough to tie for 11th-best.
The upcoming week has six teams on bye, thinning out the pool of streamers to choose from. However, many of the best matchups go to low/medium-owned defenses, so it isn't the desperate situation we might otherwise fear. It starts with a near-tie at the top, where both Baltimore and Indianapolis land in cushy spots.
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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 10
1. Baltimore Ravens (at Cincinnati Bengals)
49% Yahoo ownership, 34% ESPN
Team implied total: 27.75
Opponent implied total: 17.75
Upcoming Ranks — Week 11: 13th (vs. HOU), Week 12: 15th (at LAR)
The Ravens' past two games featured 18 fantasy points against the Seahawks and 13 more against the Patriots, albeit on the basis of three defensive touchdowns. A lackluster pass rush is a real concern for January, but it shouldn't matter too much Week 10