This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
There's no point beating around the bush — last week may have been the worst performance in my four years of writing up D/ST streaming recommendations. The five units I discussed combined for just 21 fantasy points, with 10 of those coming from the fifth and final selection, Green Bay.
The worst part? I was expecting a great week, as we had defenses with low-to-medium ownership in matchups against the Redskins, Dolphins, Bengals, Broncos and Giants. I've had a ton of success over the years streaming mediocre defenses against mistake-prone quarterbacks, so it was a major surprise to see face-plants from four of the five picks for Week 13.
Unfortunately, the week ahead looks rather difficult, featuring a major drop off after the second selection. On the bright side, we do have three defenses that technically don't meet our ownership criteria for this space but may nonetheless be available in some competitive leagues. The Vikings, Brown and Jets are 62-to-65 percent owned on Yahoo and each land in the top-seven of my Week 14 rankings. I'd start any of them over our Nos. 3-5 picks below: Dallas, Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
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Note: These recommendations are limited to team defenses with ownership of 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.