In most leagues, only about 12-14 D/ST’s are on rosters leaving owners with a palatable amount of options if they are in need of a defense. Streaming your defense based on opponent strength and expected game script can give fantasy owners untapped upside on their roster.

(Author’s Note: This column will be updated by Friday afternoon every week to offer all of the latest injury news and analysis to aid in your decision-making).

Here are the three lower-owned (below 40%) options for Week 6:


  1. Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Cleveland Browns)

We're breaking one of our cardinal rules here -- the Bengals are only about 40% available across all platforms after facing New England in Week 6 -- but Cincinnati needs to be mentioned in this space. If the Bengals’ DST is still available after being dropped because of last week's matchup, make sure you remedy that. We have been attacking the Browns' offensive line all year with our streaming choices and Week 7 will be no different. After absorbing an insane six sacks in Week 6 vs. Tennessee, Cody Kessler's sack rate (7.6%) is now 5th highest among all quarterbacks. Through six games, Cleveland has permitted the 2nd-most sacks (19) in the league and the Browns have ceded 5 (Dolphins), 4 (Redskins), 5 (Patriots), and 6 (Titans) fantasy points to opposing defenses in the past four weeks. Without LG Joel Bitonio (foot), Cleveland is completely destitute across their offensive line sans LT Joe Thomas. Cincinnati should be able to light the Browns’ front-5 on fire coming off a frustrating 2-4 start. Pick up the Bengals DST where you can this week and play them with confidence. 

Friday Update: One of the Browns only weapons, Terrelle Pryor, is battling a groin issue and has not practiced all week. Cleveland’s HC Hue Jackson is “optimistic” that Pryor can play – but he will likely be very limited if he does go. This just further boosts the awesome spot the Bengals’ DST finds themselves in. If Pryor can’t suit up, the Browns two wide receiver sets will consist of Andrew Hawkins and Ricardo Louis. Note that Corey Coleman (hand) is also out. On the other side, the Bengals defense is actually very healthy heading into Week 7. DT Domata Peko and LB Vontaze Burfict were limited earlier in the week, but they are practicing in full and are expected to play. This is obviously a perfect spot to fire Cincinnati’s DST no matter what.


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at San Francisco 4...