Who needs to draft a defense when you can scoop one off the waiver wire and potentially get high-level production from an unknown commodity? Take a look at our top options to stream for your fantasy football lineups in Week 12.
Five D/ST to Stream for NFL Week 12
Because they were scooped up to stream against the Bears by so many owners last week, the Giants are not widely available, but make for a great option if you can snag them. Some owners might drop the D/ST after they produced "just" 6 FPs while getting lit up by an inspired Jay Cutler last Sunday, but the Browns have very little weaponry with which to threaten them. The G-men are much better against the run and continue to shut down opposing passing attacks with Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie playing very well on the outside. Josh McCown is a bit more of a respectable QB than Cody Kessler, but he can't resurrect this terrible offense on his own.
I know I was forced to drop Baltimore's D/ST in a couple of leagues rather than feel compel to play them at Dallas, so this talented unit should be available in plenty of competitive leagues. More important than who they are facing, this defense is simply one of the best in the NFL in terms of stopping the run and guarding against the pass with Eric Weddle coordinating this in the secondary. Cincinnati's offense took a huge hit this past week with both A.J. Green (hamstring) and Gio Bernard (knee) suffering what appear to be season-ending injuries, which sweetens an already juicy matchup for the home team.
Stream the Saints D/ST? It's sounds crazy, but it worked out alright against a weak QB in Trevor Siemien the other week and it looks like a fine idea at home against Jared Goff in the rookie's second career start. The Rams dumbed down their offensive game plan to the point that it snakebit them in a loss to the Dolphins last week, as Goff managed to throw for just 132 yards while completing 17-of-31 passes. The Saints defense has improved dramatically from when it was a laughing stock earlier this season and they've even discovered a pass rush, that is sure to be more fierce with the Superdome rocking this Sunday.
They demonstrated some playmaking ability with an interception return for a TD against Blake Bortles last week and this Lions defense has a great chance to build on their momentum in a cake matchup against the pathetic Vikings offense. Minnesota is dead last in rushing and only managed to score enough points to down Arizona thanks to a lucky early TD, a Pick Six, and a KR TD from Cordarelle Patterson. There simply isn't enough skill on the Vikings offensive line to establish a running game, while Stefon Diggs remains essentially their only threat down the field.
Carson Palmer has completely fallen apart at this point in his career and he's now a recommended target for streamers. While the Falcons defense is a longshot to shut this unit down and contain prolific RB David Johnson, they have plenty of upside due to Palmer's sudden tendency to throw soul-crushing interceptions. Atlanta doesn't have a great rating against the pass, but they have plenty of ball-hawking DBs including elite CB Desmond Trufant and underrated slot CB Brian Poole, who could do a solid job on Larry Fitzgerald while the rest of Arizona's passing weapons continue to fade into irrelevancy.