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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups - Defenses (D/ST)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy football leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy football defense (D/ST) waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy football teams. Be sure to also try our other lineup tools below.

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Week 11 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 11 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 11 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 11. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 11 Lightning Round

In case anyone felt in control after a chalky Week 9, the NFL brought a swift reminder of its chaos in Week 10. Among the low-owned studs and high-owned duds were a couple notable injuries, with Cooper Kupp's knee being the biggest (as of Sunday Night Football). We here at RotoBaller are here to get you actionable intel as fast (and as accurately) as possible, so consider this the waivercontinue reading...

Week 10 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 10 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 10 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 10. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 10 Lightning Round

Week 9 felt a bit "chalkier" than other recent NFL slates, with many big names going off and very few lower-owned players coming on to vulture touchdowns from the big guns. There also weren't any notable injuries (as of Sunday evening), so the waiver wire will consist more of underappreciated assets rather than replacements. We here at RotoBaller are always looking to get you actionable intel as fast (and as accurately) as possible, socontinue reading...

Week 9 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 9 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 9 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 9. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 9 Lightning Round

Week 8 featured another early start thanks to a tilt in London and brought many stellar performances throughout the day, some from known commodities and others from lesser-known players that you may want to add. We here at RotoBaller are always looking to get you actionable intel as fast (and as accurately) as possible, so consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 9. This column is published early every week andcontinue reading...

Week 8 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 8 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 8 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 8. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 8 Lightning Round

Week 7 was a particularly chaotic one, with several big names going down with injuries and smaller names stepping up before most of us woke up (thanks, London) all the way through the night. We here at RotoBaller are always looking to get you actionable intel as fast (and as accurately) as possible, so consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 8. This column is published early every week and thencontinue reading...

Cincinnati Bengals (DEF) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

ANALYSIS: The Cincinnati Bengals defense's next game will feel like a breeze compared to playing Kansas City. The Bengals will be at home against Tampa Bay, who still brings a strong passing offense but has at least been held under 30 points the last two weeks. Jameis Winston is always good for some turnovers - he's thrown two interceptions in each of his three games this season. In leagues where points allowedcontinue reading...

Washington Redskins (DEF) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

ANALYSIS: Through three quarters, the Washington Redskins defense had completely held the Cowboys in check, especially Ezekiel Elliott. A furious comeback attempt in the last five minutes padded some yardage onto the stat line but it was still a great showing by the Redskin D. While they will be on the road in Week 8, it will be against Eli Manning and a dysfunctional Giants offense. Manning has thrown four pickscontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

As a resident of New England, football Sundays and autumn weather just makes for a beautiful combination. Another great combo is RotoBaller’s waiver-wire workforce and winning. We’re always looking to get you the swiftest intel to act on, so consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 7. This column is published early every week and then updated after the MNF game. Each day of the week will also yield othercontinue reading...

Week 6 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 6 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 6 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 6. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Week 7 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 7 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 7 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 7. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 6 Lightning Round

Week 5 is largely in the books and was relatively quiet compared to the first four weeks of NFL action. Of course, there's still plenty of intrigue and stats to be gobbled up on the waiver wire! In the interest of getting you some no-huddle, hurry-up information, consider this our waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 6. This column is published early every week and then updated after the MNF game. Each day ofcontinue reading...

Week 5 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 5 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 5 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 5. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 5 Lightning Round

We have officially passed the quarter pole of the 2018 season, and if you blinked then you missed it! Week 4 has seen the electric passing trend continue with quarterbacks shredding defenses at a never-before-seen rate, with pass-catching RBs and deeper WR plays seeing considerable action. In the interest of getting you the most timely information, consider this our waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 5. This column is published early every week andcontinue reading...

Week 4 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

If you've read any of the prior iterations of Defense Streamers and Starts, first of all, thank you. Secondly, you might've noticed "by Leonard Francis II" and thought, "Who the hell is Leonard Francis II? And, more importantly, where's Bill?!" Well, Bill is out this week, so I'm stepping in to lead you to the Promised Land, Baker Mayfield style. (I was gonna go T.J. Yeldon there, given the wholecontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 4 Lightning Round

The first month of football is usually quite the wild ride with newcomers and old friends forcing us to reassess our rosters. Week 3 was no stranger to injuries and some standout performances, so how can you keep up with it all? In the interest of getting you the most timely information, consider this our waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 4. This column is published early every week and then updated after thecontinue reading...

Week 3 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 3 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 3 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 3. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker. Below we have brokencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 3 Lightning Round

There's always some degree of insanity at the outset of a new football season, but 2018 feels like quite the beast in this regard. We've got players being thrust into the spotlight due to injuries and sheer force of will -- some are new names, some very familiar -- but how can you keep up with it all? Well, in the interest of getting you the most timely information, consider this the waivercontinue reading...

Week 2 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

We're back and it feels so good! Below are RotoBaller's Week 2 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 2 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our tiered defense rankings are your guide to drafting defenses, making waiver wire pickups/adds to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 2. Starting the right defense every week cancontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 2 Lightning Round

Oh, football Sundays, there’s nothing quite like you. The whirlwind of emotions leading to fist-pumping highs, as well as great defeats marked by injuries and others vulturing your points. In the interest of getting you the most timely information for your title matchups, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 2. This column is published early every week and then updated on a daily basis. Each day of the week willcontinue reading...

Week 1 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

We're back and it feels so good! Below are RotoBaller's Week 1 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your 2018 drafts for Week 1 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our tiered defense rankings are your guide to drafting defenses, making waiver wire pickups/adds to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 1. Starting the right defensecontinue reading...

Defenses to Target for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season

Getting your strategy right when it comes to drafting defenses is really tough. Some people like to go early and lock up a stud defense, while others prefer to just play the matchups. However, no matter which strategy you go for there is one key element to picking your defense. Yes, matchups are important but the strength of the pass rush is a major selling point for defenses. Most quarterbacks in the NFL can havecontinue reading...

Sleeper Defenses for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season

Fantasy DST production is one of the most difficult things to predict on a yearly basis, with preseason favorites often not even registering in the top 12 come season's end. Remember the "juggernaut" Broncos last year? Didn't even finish in the top 15. While there is almost always some joker willing to pony up for the Jaguars or Rams in the 8th round in every league, you should make sure you aren't one of those people.continue reading...

Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

Ho, ho, ho and a Merry Christmas to you all. This piece is for the select few of you who are either in two-week championships or somehow got talked into doing a league where Week 17 is the sole week for determining titles. I'll avoid the soapbox for now, but the playing-time chaos that will unfold is not what we think about when testing fantasy football skills. Let's get you ascontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 17 Lightning Round

While many of you only have the Monday "Night" Football doubleheader left in your fantasy season, we here at RotoBaller still have those of you who play to the last minute of the regular season covered. In the interest of getting you the most timely information for your title matchups, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 17. This column is published early every week and then updated on a dailycontinue reading...

Week 16 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2017 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Time to go for the whole enchilada! Below are RotoBaller's Week 16 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream and start for Week 16 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our tiered defense rankings are your guide to drafting defenses, making waiver wire pickups/adds to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 16. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker, so we havecontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 17 Lightning Round

This column is published early every week, and then updated on a daily basis. Over the course of each week, we also publish more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. But in efforts of bringing you timely information, as fast as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 17. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken down by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

Week 16 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Week 16 IDP Waiver Wire Adds Happy Championship Week, Rotoballers. If you are reading this, congratulations! You have likely made the finals in your league, and are looking for some help in a pivotal IDP matchup. In the final installment of our weekly column to help you win on the defensive side of the ball, we are here to review some IDP waiver wire pickups for Week 16. The following players are not necessarily “must start” playerscontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 16 Lightning Round

This column is published early every week, and then updated on a daily basis. Over the course of each week, we also publish more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. But in efforts of bringing you timely information, as fast as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 16. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken down by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

Week 16 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2016 Fantasy Tiers & Rankings

Home stretch, RotoBallers! Below are our Week 16 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your 2016 drafts for Week 16 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our tiered defense rankings are your guide to drafting defenses, making waiver wire pickups/adds to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 16. Any and all _____ or ______ questions cancontinue reading...

New York Giants (DEF, NYG) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 33% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: If the Giants are somehow still out there, you should look into scooping their 2007-like selves with a date against Carson Wentz and the low-flying Eagles in Week 16. Opponents have only topped 16 points against them in one of their last five games, during which they’ve tallied a combined 17 sacks with 11 turnovers. Also, they’ve

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San Diego Chargers (DEF, SD) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 30% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Chargers have lost their last three games, but their defense hasn’t exactly folded on itself in the process. Even against a powerful Oakland offense in Week 15, they only allowed 19 points alongside two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. They’ve gone five straight weeks with a sack and four straight with a pick, which

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Waiver Wire Express - Week 15 Lightning Round

This column is published early every week, and then updated on a daily basis. Over the course of each week, we also publish more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. But in efforts of bringing you timely information, as fast as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 15. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken down by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

Week 15 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2016 Fantasy Tiers & Rankings

Are you still alive, RotoBallers? Below are our Week 15 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your 2016 drafts for Week 15 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our tiered defense rankings are your guide to drafting defenses, making waiver wire pickups/adds to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 15. Any and all _____ or ______continue reading...

Week 15 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Happy Playoffs, RotoBallers. If you are reading this, you have made the tournament and are looking for some help in a pivotal IDP matchup. Welcome to our weekly column to help you win on the defensive side of the ball. Today we are here to review some IDP waiver wire pickups for Week 15. The following players are not necessarily “must-start” players for IDP leagues, but rather players that currently have below 25% ownership levels (in Yahoo!continue reading...

Houston Texans (DEF, HOU) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 44% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: Facing Jacksonville is a pretty good look these days, with Blake Bortles still being his turnover-prone self and many of Jacksonville’s offensive pieces dealing with injuries. Bill O’Brien and the Texans’ defense just held Andrew Luck and the Colts to a mere 17 points in a huge divisional win, and will look to ride their defense

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Green Bay Packers (DEF, GB) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 32% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Bears may be performing admirably relative to their circumstances, but this is still a very bad offense that is attempting to play within its means while its defense tries to hold the boat steady. Green Bay is getting healthier and more confident, as they just held Seattle to only 10 points in frigid Lambeau Field. That means

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Atlanta Falcons (DEF, ATL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 43% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Falcons just put the smackdown on the Rams and now get to square off against the 49ers at home in Week 15. With Atlanta and Tampa Bay currently tied for first place in the NFC South, this is not a team that can take any chances. They should be able to jump out to another quick lead

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Defenses to Stream for the Fantasy Football Playoffs

As the fantasy football postseason is set to begin in Week 14, it is important to look ahead to this week and future weeks when picking your defenses to start. For those of us who don't own defenses like Seattle and Denver, it is important to look at matchups to make the best possible decisions for mixing and matching Weeks 14-17 when it counts the most. Many people like to stream defenses, and below are somecontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 14 Lightning Round

This column is published early every week, and then updated on a daily basis. Over the course of each week, we also publish more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. But in efforts of bringing you timely information, as fast as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 14. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken down by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

Week 14 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2016 Fantasy Tiers & Rankings

It's playoff time Rotoballers! Below are our Week 14 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your 2016 drafts for Week 14 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our tiered defense rankings are your guide to drafting defenses, making waiver wire pickups/adds to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 14. Any and all _____ or ______continue reading...

Week 14 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Happy playoffs, RotoBallers. If you are reading this, you have made the tournament, and are looking for some help in a pivotal IDP matchup. Welcome to our weekly column to help you win on the defensive side of the ball. Today we are here to review some IDP waiver wire pickups for Week 14. The following players are not necessarily “must start” players for IDP leagues, but rather, players that currently have below 25% ownership levels (incontinue reading...

Cincinnati Bengals (DEF, CIN) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in All Leagues

OWNED IN: 55% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: This isn’t groundbreaking, as the Bengals are sitting at 55% ownership across all Fleaflicker leagues thanks to their facing the Browns in Cleveland in Week 14. While Cincinnati hasn’t done anything particularly fantastic on defense lately, they have recorded six sacks and seven interceptions while holding opponents to an average of 17.5 points per game over their last four games. That’s pretty solid, even

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Baltimore Ravens (DEF, BAL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Own in All Leagues as a Streamable Defense in Weeks 15 and 17

OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Ravens defense has now scored in the double digits in five of their last six contests, and have really earned that top spot in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. Their rushing defense has been out of this world, and their passing defense is solid when Jimmy Smith is out there. While it’s still not recommended

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New York Jets (DEF, NYJ) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 37% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Jets defense has quite terrible this season, and I’m sure that trend will continue on Monday night against the Colts (editor's note: it did). A road date against the 49ers comes next in Week 14 though, and we’ve seen how eloquently San Francisco can shoot themselves in the foot. This isn’t a ringing endorsement in any way, but this could be a

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Atlanta Falcons (DEF, ATL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 20% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: Atlanta was only able to drum up one sack in Week 13 against the Chiefs, but before that they had tallied multiple sacks in their previous five games. Unfortunately, they’ve only logged one interception in that same timespan. They miss Desmond Trufant something fierce, but at least they’ve recovered four fumbles at the same time. Regardless, they could jump back on the wagon

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Detroit Lions (DEF, DET) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 19% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: So, maybe we need to reevaluate this Lions defense. They entered Week 13 ranking out at a horrible 31st in DVOA, but we know that doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. Especially with fantasy. The Lions just shut down Drew Brees and the Saints in their own home, limiting them to 13 points and marking the fourth straight week where Detroit’s defense has held

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Waiver Wire Express - Week 13 Lightning Round

This column is published early every week, and then updated on a daily basis. Over the course of each week, we also publish more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. But in efforts of bringing you timely information, as fast as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 13. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken down by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

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