Fantasy Football: Defenses to Stream in Week 13

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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 13.

Five D/ST to Stream for NFL Week 13

Widely available and still playing very well despite losing some key pieces to injury this year, San Diego might be the best streaming option in deeper leagues this week. While Jameis Winston and Mike Evans were able to burn the elite Seahawks secondary (with two starters inactive) early last week, Tampa fizzled down the stretch and couldn't really possess the ball in the second half. Winston scrambled around and made some good plays, but he was far too risky with the ball as per usual and if he makes any mistakes, the Chargers will capitalize. This is a unit with 14 interceptions through 11 games this season and they should feed off the home crowd this week.

As bad as the Packers secondary has looked over the past couple of weeks, Brock Osweiler has been even worse. The overpaid Texans QB threw the ball directly to the opposite team twice and wound up tossing a third interception last week. The week before that, he essentially had two interceptions dropped that the Raiders could've run back for TDs to produce huge FP totals, and he's been a sitting duck in the pocket all season. Green Bay still has a solid run defense and a good front seven, plus the return of Damarious Randall in Week 12 gave them at least one legitimate CB, so perhaps they can contain the Texans receivers and force Osweiler into some more bad decisions.

The Jets were a laughing stock defensively throughout most of the year and they still lack talent in the secondary, but this unit looked alright while shutting Tom Brady and the Patriots down over three quarters last Sunday and they face a banged-up Colts offense that can't really protect its quarterback. Indy QBs have absorbed 38 sacks this season, which is second to only the lowly Browns, and Luck could have a harder time exploiting the Jets porous secondary with T.Y. Hilton (back) questionable for this game. With no real rushing attack to speak of, the Colts should become one dimensional and open the door for the Jets tough front seven to rush Luck.

The Cowboys have not been a high-upside option as a D/ST this season, but they have a very solid floor thanks to the team's ability to control the line of scrimmage and keep the clock moving by running the ball. Where available, Dallas makes for a very good streamer on Thursday night against the struggling Vikings offense that is arguably the least talented in the NFC. When Stefon Diggs (knee) is inactive, Minnesota really struggles to move the ball and Diggs is expected to be hobbled if he's able to suit up this week. Sam Bradford is a turnover machine and his offensive line has struggled all year, so the sacks and interceptions might start to come for a solid Dallas defense.

While the Redskins struggling run defense predictably struggled in Dallas last Thursday, this unit will be able to completely key in on David Johnson and the Cardinals ground attack given how ineffective Carson Palmer's been all season. After starting out hot in Atlanta last week, Palmer faded away in the second half while the Falcons made proper adjustments and took away his primary read in Larry Fitzgerald. The Redskins have the personnel to contain Arizona's big wide receivers with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland on the outside and this is a team on the rise with Kirk Cousins playing great ball and the NFC East crown within sight.

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Nathaniel Weitzer

Nathaniel Weitzer

Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player that specializes in Daily NBA and MLB advice. He's currently working as a sports journalist in Boston, but writing about fantasy sports is way better than doing "human interest" pieces on local athletes, so he contributes to multiple fantasy sites on a daily basis. Follow him @nweitzer7 for year-round fantasy sports advice.