This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
It's usually suboptimal to carry more than one D/ST on a fantasy roster, unless your league has deep benches or uses an unorthodox scoring format intended to emphasize the position. But that strategy changes late in the season, especially for fantasy teams that are clearly headed to the playoffs.
If things are going well for your team, you probably have at least one bench player who is highly unlikely to find his way into the starting lineup over the next month and a half. A defense to stash for the playoffs is more valuable than that sixth wide receiver or fifth running back, even if it's a player who will quickly be scooped up on waivers by an inferior team.
With that in mind, you'll find a new section at the bottom of the page this week — estimated D/ST ranks for Weeks 14-16. We'll give special attention to any teams that land inside the Top 10 more than once in that three-week stretch.
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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 12
1. New York Giants (at CIN)
12% rostered on Yahoo, 22% on ESPN
Team implied total: 23.25
Opponent implied total: 18.75
Upcoming Ranks (Projected) — Week