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Top Week 4 Streaming Defenses and Kickers

If you’re reading this column, then congratulations. You understand that streaming kickers and defenses is the optimal strategy in fantasy football.

Let’s skip the fluff and get right into the best kickers and Defense/Special Teams to stream in Week 4. Just remember the traits to eye when looking for kickers and D/STs to stream each week:

Streaming Kickers

  • Potentially high-scoring matchups
  • Teams with sound, but not great, red zone efficiency
  • Domes/good weather

Streaming D/STs

  • Potentially low-scoring matchups
  • Slow-paced offenses
  • Turnover-prone quarterbacks
  • Bad weather

As a reminder, eligible kickers and defenses for this column won’t be rostered in more than 50% of leagues, per FantasyPros’ rostership data.

Kickers to Stream in Week 4

Cade York at Falcons

  • Rostered in 14% of leagues
  • Browns have scored the 6th-most points per game
  • Browns are tied for the most red zone scoring attempts per game
  • Browns have run the 6th-most plays per game
  • Browns have averaged 2 field goal attempts per game, tied for the 4th-most in the league.
  • York is 6/6 on field goals, which includes one from 58 yards
  • Falcons have allowed 27 points per game, tied for 5th-most in the league
  • Falcons have allowed the 3rd-most red zone scoring attempts per game
  • York scored 16 points at the Panthers in Week 1
  • K11 in ESPN and Yahoo fantasy leagues

Austin Seibert at Seahawks

Note: Seibert didn’t participate in Thursday’s practice with a groin injury

  • Rostered in 5.3% of leagues
  • Lions have scored the 2nd-most points per game
  • Lions are tied for the most red zone scoring attempts per game
  • Lions have run the 10th-most plays per game
  • Lions have averaged 1.7 field goal attempts per game, tied for the 5th-most in the league.
  • Scored 11 points in Week 2 against the Commanders

Ka’imi Fairbairn v. Chargers

  • Rostered in 1.9% of leagues
  • Texans are tied for the third-most field goal attempts per game
  • Fairbairn is 7/7 in field goals, which includes 4/4 from distances between 40 and 49 yards
  • Chargers have allowed 28 points per game, tied for 3rd-most in the league
  • Chargers have allowed the 4th-most red zone scoring attempts per game
  • Fairbairn has scored 8+ points in each game, one of just four kickers to do so in ESPN fantasy leagues
  • K7 in ESPN and Yahoo fantasy leagues

Other Kickers to Consider: Chris Boswell v. Jets, Jason Sanders at Bengals

D/STs to Stream in Week 4

Denver Broncos D/ST at Raiders

  • Rostered in 39.8% of leagues
  • Raiders have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs
  • Raiders have averaged 1.7 giveaways per game, tied for 5th-most in the league
  • Raiders have averaged the 11th-fewest plays per game
  • Derek Carr has averaged 1.3 interceptions per game, tied for 2nd-most in the league
  • Broncos have allowed 12 points per game, the 2nd-fewest in the league
  • Broncos have allowed the 2nd-fewest plays per game
  • Broncos have allowed one touchdown per game
  • Broncos have averaged three sacks per game, tied for 5th-most in the league.
  • Chargers D/ST scored 12 fantasy points versus the Raiders in Week 1
  • Cardinals D/ST scored 9 fantasy points versus the Raiders in Week 2
  • Both are bottom-six D/STs in fantasy right now

New York Giants D/ST v. Bears

  • Rostered in 13.7% of leagues
  • Bears have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs
  • Bears have run the fewest plays per game
  • Bears have the fewest yards per game
  • Bears are just below league average in points per game
  • Justin Fields has averaged 1.3 interceptions per game, tied for 2nd-most in the league
  • Giants have allowed the 10th-fewest points per game
  • Giants have allowed the 6th-fewest plays per game
  • Giants held the Panthers to 16 points in Week 1
  • Giants D/ST scored 9 points in that game
  • Vegas predictions have this projected to be the lowest-scoring game with a 39.5 over/under
  • As of Thursday, there is a 30% chance of precipitation with winds estimated between 12-15 MPH, per accuweather.com.

Chicago Bears D/ST at Giants

  • Rostered in 13.2% of leagues
  • Giants have also allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs
  • Giants are just below league average in points per game
  • Giants have averaged the 11th-fewest yards per game
  • Bears have allowed the 9th-fewest points per game
  • Bears held the 49ers to 10 points in Week 1
  • Bears D/ST scored 9 points in that game
  • Vegas predictions have this projected to be the lowest-scoring game with a 39.5 over/under
  • As of Thursday, there is a 30% chance of precipitation with winds estimated between 12-15 MPH, per accuweather.com.

Other D/STs to Consider: Vikings D/ST at Saints (London), Jets D/ST at Steelers

WATCH MORE: Alex Caruso gives you four fantasy stats you need to know heading into Week 4.

 

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