Defenses in fantasy football are a fickle beast to figure out. Touchdowns can sway the course of a defense's fantasy season, but are nearly impossible to predict. This is why many fantasy players are fans of a strategy called "streaming defenses." If you've been playing for years, this is nothing new to you, but for those unaware, what this entails is using a waiver claim most weeks to acquire a defense with an enticing matchup. This doesn't always work, but for many players it's a better option than rolling the dice with an average defense week after week.
So with this in mind, here are some lesser-owned defenses to target for Week 15.
The Texans forced Joe Flacco into one of the worst performances of his career last week, and this week get to face a banged up Blake Bortles in Reliant Stadium. Oh, and let's not forget J.J. Watt desperately wants to get to the postseason and will let nothing stop him from doing everything he can to get there. I wouldn't be surprised if Watt single-handedly wins this game for the Texans with one or two game-changing plays on defense.
Over his last three road games, Stafford has thrown zero touchdowns, four interceptions and averaged a paltry 230 passing yards per game. Putting him in the cold at Lambeau Field in front of a raucuous crowd could be a recipe for disaster. I like the Packers as a streaming option this week, but there's definitely some risk as Calvin Johnson could wreak havoc against a secondary that struggled to cover Julio Jones a few weeks ago.
Can the Dallas defense put up three straight dominant fantasy performances? My guess is yes, considering their Week 17 opponent is the hapless Washington Redskins.
Yes, I know Washington beat the Eagles last week in a surprise upset, but that could make them primed for a letdown. Not to mention the fact that their offensive line still has issues and RGIII is, well, RGIII. He could force a few turnovers, which Dallas will likely jump on as they did against Andrew Luck last week. The Cowboys will be riding high off of last week's win, likely looking to make a statement as they head into the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Good matchups:NE vs. BUF, SEA vs. STL, DEN vs. OAK, MIN vs. CHI
Matchups to avoid:DET at GB, PHI at NYG, NYG vs. PHI
Frisky and risky streaming plays: