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Fantasy Football Draft Sleepers & Values - Defenses (D/ST)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy football leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy football defense (D/ST) draft sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy football teams.

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Fantasy Football Sleepers & Waiver Wire by NFL Position

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Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

In efforts of bringing you, the RotoBaller aficionado, timely information as quickly as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 7. This column is published early every week and then updated on a daily basis. Each day of the week will also yield more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. Waiver pickups are listed in priority order and broken down by position. Players must be owned in about lesscontinue reading...

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

Even in today’s NFL, quarterbacks get hit to the ground rather often -- and usually, they bounce right back up. Aaron Rodgers did not bounce right back up, and could now miss the rest of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone. The bright side of losing a QB is that streaming that position tends to be the easiest, but there’s no replacing an arm like Rodgers. The ripple effect also knockscontinue reading...

FAAB Auction Bidding - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Welcome to Week 7 everyone. With two more teams on bye (Lions, Texans) as we approach the midway point of the 2017 season, there are still players that can make a difference for your fantasy squads down the stretch as you attempt to make a playoff run. Below are my recommended FAAB waiver wire bids for Week 7. Each FAAB auction price recommendation will be based on a $100 FAAB budget, and all players listed havecontinue reading...

Week 7 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2017 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 7 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream and start for Week 7 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 7. I've been trying out a new format lately, touching briefly on each team that I have ranked instead of pickingcontinue 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...

Week 13 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Welcome to the post-Week 12 installment of the Waiver Wire weekly series for the 2016 fantasy football season. Please note that all ownership levels are gathered from Fleaflicker. For many of you, next week is everything. Week 13 is commonly used as the last week of the fantasy regular season, with teams facing “win or go home” scenarios. Whether you’re in that category, fighting for seeding, looking forward with a first-round bye, or just looking tocontinue reading...

FAAB Auction Bidding: Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets

We've made it. In the majority of fantasy leagues, Week 13 serves as the finale of the regular season. Some of you may have already clinched a playoff berth, while others may be looking ahead to 2017. For the rest of us, this is a must-win week to clinch those precious playoff berths and keep the season going. Welcome to Week 13 of the fantasy season, and my column on recommended FAAB auction bidding for Weekcontinue reading...

Week 13 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2016 Fantasy Tiers & Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 13 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your 2016 drafts for Week 13 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 13. Any and all _____ or ______ questions can becontinue reading...

Week 13 Deeper Waiver Wire Sleepers: Standard Leagues

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome to my deeper standard league sleepers column for Week 13 of the NFL season. In this weekly article we are going to take a look at some deeper waiver wire options for standard leagues, who could help out your team in this upcoming week. For reference's sake, we are looking at standard scoring leagues and will be using ownership percentage data from Fleaflicker. In order to qualify as a deep sleeper,continue reading...

Week 13 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

For some, this is the week the fantasy regular season ends. For others, this is the first round of the playoffs. Either way, if you are reading this, you 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 13. Week 12 saw mixed results, with somecontinue reading...

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

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

OWNED IN: 21% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Chargers came out of their bye fresh and slammed Brock Osweiler and the Texans with one sack, three picks and a fumble recovery while allowing only 13 points. Joey Bosa looks fantastic out there, and now they’ll go home to take on the Bucs. This is risky, as Tampa Bay really looks to be coming

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DEF, TB) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 14- and 16-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 5% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Bucs’ defensive unit just wowed the football world with an absolute shutdown of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, allowing only three points! Yes, Seattle had their injuries on the offensive line, but Tampa’s pass rush was still electric and gained some much-needed confidence after recording zero sacks in Week 11. This team has generated nine turnovers

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Streaming Defense Options For The Playoff Push

If you're well versed in fantasy football strategy, you're familiar with the notion that you shouldn't ever draft a defense earlier than your second to last pick. Doing so nets you a few additional fliers at running back and wide receiver and allows you to monitor defenses as the season progresses. Owners who play their cards right can pick and choose which defenses have the best matchups in a given week, streaming their way throughcontinue reading...

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

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

OWNED IN: 48% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Ravens just got stood down by Dallas’ insanely talented offensive line on the road, but before that they had generated 11 sacks, six turnovers and two defensive touchdowns in their previous three games. They should get back on track with a home matchup against a Bengals team that just lost two of its biggest playmakers in

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

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

OWNED IN: 18% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: San Diego’s defensive performances have been heavily reliant on touchdowns lately, with three scores in their last three games. The good news is that forcing seven turnovers in that same span does lend itself to generating those kind of opportunities. The bad news is that they’ve only recorded two sacks in those three games, after logging multiple

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Tennessee Titans (DEF, TEN) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 14- and 16-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Titans get to face a depleted Bears team that is down their starting QB, WR and TE. Matt Barkley will likely be under center for Chicago in Week 12, with few familiar faces around him and an offensive line that is far from full strength, as well. The Titans haven’t been the best in the

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New Orleans Saints (DEF, NO) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

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

OWNED IN: 5% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Saints have only given up 21 points per game over their last five contests after yielding a shade over 31 PPG in their first five. They’ve also tallied eight sacks between their last two games, it’s just those pesky turnovers and touchdowns that are really lacking. What could remedy this? How about a date with

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Week 12 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Welcome to the post-Week 11 installment of the Waiver Wire weekly series for the 2016 fantasy football season. Below are my Week 12 waiver wire pickups and sleepers (depending on league size) to consider adding for your fantasy teams. Congratulations on making it through the last big bye week of the season, as zero teams are off in Week 12 (Cleveland and Tennessee rest the following week). Double congratulations if you made it through Week 11 withoutcontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 12 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 12. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken out by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

FAAB Auction Bidding: Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 12 of the fantasy season, and my column on recommended FAAB auction bidding for Week 12's waiver wire. Things are getting tight in playoff hunts with only two games left in most leagues.  Some teams are scrambling to complete trades before the deadline, but this is the perfect week to strike in the waiver market. Plenty of big names went down in Week 11. continue reading...

Week 12 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts: 2016 Fantasy Tiers & Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 12 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your 2016 drafts for Week 12 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 12. Any and all _____ or ______ questions can becontinue reading...

Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds Happy Thanksgiving, Rotoballers! Welcome to our weekly columns to help you win on the defensive side of the ball. Today we are here to review some IDP waiver wire pickups for Week 12. Week 11 saw mixed results, with some hits (Olivier Vernon, Ryan Shazier, D’Qwell Jackson, Kam Chancellor) and some whiffs (Frank Clark, Kevin Byard, Kenny Vaccaro). The following players are not necessarily “must start” players for IDP leagues, but rather,continue reading...

Week 12 Deeper Waiver Wire Sleepers: Standard Leagues

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome to my deeper standard league sleepers column for Week 12 of the NFL season. In this weekly article we are going to take a look at some deeper waiver wire options for standard leagues, who could help out your team in this upcoming week. For reference's sake, we are looking at standard scoring leagues and will be using ownership percentage data from Fleaflicker. In order to qualify as a deep sleeper,continue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 11 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 11. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken out by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

Oakland Raiders (DEF, OAK) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

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

OWNED IN: 32% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: If Oakland’s strong offensive cane steamroll Houston’s defense to the point where Brock Osweiler is forced to take chances and make mistakes, things could get messy pretty early. If Khalil Mack and company can get in Brock’s face and push the pace, things could open up for a team that already has eight interceptions through nine

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Miami Dolphins (DEF, MIA) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

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

OWNED IN: 20% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Dolphins have racked up 10 sacks over their last three games, and have also notched six picks in their last two. Whether they’re facing Case Keenum or Jared Goff, they’ll be a good play with the pressure they’re producing.

Pittsburgh Steelers (DEF, PIT) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

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

OWNED IN: 34% Fleaflicker

ANALYSIS: The Steelers have now generated five sacks and four turnovers over their last three games, after tallying just eight sacks and six turnovers through their first six games. They’re facing the Browns in Week 11, so they become an obvious target for defensive streamers.

Week 11 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Welcome to the post-Week 10 installment of the Waiver Wire weekly series for the 2016 fantasy football season. Below are my Week 11 waiver wire pickups and sleepers (depending on league size) to consider adding for your fantasy teams. Week 10’s only big potential casualty came in the form of Jordan Howard, though he eloquently said that he was just fine. Yet again, there's really nothing fun to discuss here. Week 11 yields yet anothercontinue reading...

FAAB Auction Bidding: Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 11 of the fantasy season, and my column on recommended FAAB auction bidding for Week 11's waiver wire. We've reached the road to the playoffs with every matchup carrying more importance. Will you make the moves to be a playoff team, or be a bystander while your opponent's nab the latest round of options? Once again, we have some injuries to report, along with Alshon Jeffrey's 4-game suspension. We had no major skill positioncontinue reading...