Our Week 12 fantasy defense rankings likely aren’t going to make you feel any better about your lineup this week. It doesn’t take long before waiver wire streamers start popping up — and weak ones at that. Some of the top D/STs have tough matchups, making start ’em, sit ’em decisions even more difficult.
We’ll start with those tough matchups. The Patriots (vs. Cowboys), 49ers (vs. Packers), and Rams (vs. Ravens) are all in spots where you wouldn’t normally play them, but it’s tough to doubt the Pats and Niners with how well they’ve played this year. Given the alternatives, you’re probably better off sticking with these defenses, though the Rams worry us the most.
The top streams this week include the Raiders (@ Jets), Lions (@ Redskins), Browns (vs. Dolphins), Redskins (vs. Lions), and suddenly hot Falcons (vs. Buccaneers). We don’t blame you for wanting to avoid any of these mediocre D/STs, but playing the matchup is generally a preferred strategy when it comes to D/STs. These units have the highest boom-or-bust upside this week.
Of course, we know any D/ST can pay off with one big play, so it’s always tough to say any defense is a must-start or a must-sit. In a week like this, you shouldn’t worry too much because many owners will be in similar positions.
NOTE: Check back for updates throughout the week.