This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
This is a strange week for streaming and just about everything else, with six teams on bye and five of 13 games featuring a point spread of seven or more. That includes three games with spreads of 13-plus, as a bunch of the league's heavyweights draw home matchups with cellar dwellers. Ideally, we'd be able to pick our D/ST streamers from those games, but we'll also include fallback options below.
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Note: These recommendations are limited to team defenses that are rostered on less than 60 percent of teams on Yahoo or 45 percent on ESPN. Any references to fantasy points are based on Yahoo standard scoring, which doesn't include yards allowed.
Top Streaming Options for Week 7
1. Arizona Cardinals (vs. HOU)
59% Yahoo, 61% ESPN
Team implied total: 32.0
Opponent implied total: 15.0
Upcoming Ranks (Projected) — Week 8: 19th (vs. GB), Week 9: 12th (at SF)
The Cardinals narrowly meet our ownership qualification, and thus figure to be rostered in more than half of competitive leagues. They already rank second in D/ST scoring (10.5 per game) and now draw the mother of all matchups, a home game against Houston. That may be a good use of a few FAAB bucks, if you have the chance, though the Cardinals do face Aaron Rodgers next week.
2. New Orleans Saints (at SEA)
42% Yahoo, 52% ESPN
Team implied total: 24.25
Opponent implied total: 19.25