With four teams on a bye in Week 10, fantasy owners of top defensive units like the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets will be left scrounging for options on the waiver wire. However, even for owners who just need an upgrade instead of a bye-week filler, several options present themselves. Let's take a look.
Tennessee Titans (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars): Several fantasy owners made the claim on the Titans in Week 9 with a Kellen Clemens-led St. Louis Rams offense lining up across from them. The Titans were given about all they could handle, and though that doesn't instill much confidence in fantasy owners, they have an even more favorable matchup in Week 10 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fantasy owners who love streaming defenses typically do so because of the gift-wrapped fantasy points that the Jaguars' offense has given them. The Jaguars rank dead last in points per game and have given the ball away 15 times in eight games, making the Titans the latest beneficiaries of what has been an inept display on offense thus far. Despite the juicy matchup a week ago, the Titans can still be had in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
New York Giants (vs. Oakland Raiders): With the Giants doing what they can to rebound from an 0-6 start, they have a golden opportunity versus a Raiders team that was embarrassed by an Eagles team that had appeared to be lifeless in the two weeks prior. Now, the Giants have the opportunity to lay into a team that has given the football away 15 times in eight games and rank 28th in the league in points per game despite the promise of quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Speaking of Pryor, he exited Sunday's game versus the Eagles with an apparent knee injury, though it was mostly due to precautionary reasons with the game already out of hand. If Pryor were to be with a diminished threat of running, then that only bodes well for a Giants defense that has had new life breathed into it over the team's past two games. The Giants defensive unit can be had at a bargain, as they are available in 83 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Houston Texans (vs. Arizona Cardinals): What was once a consensus pick to be one of the top defenses in fantasy football has dwindled down the ranks of late. So in a way, the Houston Texans defense is the perfect example of why fantasy owners should not invest a high draft pick on a defense, and should instead play the waiver wire for options.
The Texans present themselves as a streaming option versus a Cardinals offense that is decimated in the interior of their offensive line, a matchup that reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt should feast upon. The Texans also lead the NFL in passing defense and should make a long day for Carson Palmer, who has thrown more interceptions than everyone in the NFL not named Eli Manning. Somehow, the Texans are owned in just 44 percent of Yahoo! leagues, making them a steal for fantasy owners in need of easy points.