It was a down week for defensive scoring in Week 15 as it produced the third most points (830), the equal most touchdowns (98) and the fewest turnovers (31) of the season. Only four teams broke the 10 point barrier last week, and leading the way was up until Week 14, one of the worst fantasy defenses of the season, the Dallas Cowboys. Their 15 point haul was their second week in a row where they had a double digit return, and this week they piled up their score with a whopping four total turnovers and a return touchdown against the 49ers. In a crucial fantasy football playoff week, if you had the foresight to roster the Cowboys then you were off to a great start compared to some of the season’s top fantasy defenses.
Week 16 Top Streaming Option: Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers (34% rostered)
I love this match up for the Cardinals this week, as they face C.J. Beathard in his first start of the season, replacing the injured Nick Mullens and a 49ers team who have lost six of their last seven games and will miss the playoffs a year after being minutes from winning the Super Bowl in January. The Cardinals themselves are fighting to hold onto the final playoff spot and had an 18 point fantasy return from their defense just two weeks ago so will be playing for their lives with other NFC teams breathing down their necks. In what is most likely your fantasy championship week, fortune favors the bold and the Cardinals could be that crucial piece that wins it for you.
Week 16 D/ST Rankings