Waiver wire week 10 defense

Week 10 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

We complained about bad D/ST weeks earlier in the season, but we really should have save those gripes for this week. Not only are their six teams on bye (Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Redskins, Texans), but there are also wacky matchups all over the board. The result is a rough Week 10 fantasy defense rankings with a bunch of potential waiver wire streamers but very few actual “sleepers”, all of which will make start ’em, sit ’em decisions a nightmare this week.

Cases in point: The Cardinals (@ Bucs), Giants (@ Jets), and Jets (vs. Giants) all have great matchups this week — and all are pretty bad defenses. The same goes for the Colts (vs. Dolphins), Browns (vs. Bills), and Ravens (@ Bengals), all of which are available in roughly half of fantasy leagues.

So, yes, there’s no shame in streaming your defense from the waiver wire this week. A good chunk of our top-12 D/STs are widely available, which is pretty rare. It doesn’t help that stalwarts like the Vikings (@ Cowboys), Steelers (vs. Rams), Saints (vs. Falcons), Panthers (@ Packers), Bears (vs. Lions), and even the 49ers (vs. Seahawks) have difficult matchups. Some of those units, paraticularly the 49ers and Steelers, are still playable, but this is a downright brutal week.

The good news is most fantasy owners are in similar predicaments, and we all know that fluky things will happen. The Patriots have allowed defensive TDs to the Jets, Giants, and Ravens this year, so you never know when big performances will be had by bad defenses. We all need to remember that as we set our lineups in Week 10.

Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis!

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