Week 1 Fantasy Football Defensive Streaming: Buy the Lions

The Detroit Lions host rookie Sam Darnold in Week 1, making them a great streaming option. Which other low-owned defenses are in a money spot?

Waiting until the final two rounds of your fantasy football draft to select a kicker and a defense has become commonplace in fantasy today. With that trend in mind, it's important to play the matchups in Week 1 rather than lament about not drafting an elite defense in Round 10. Oftentimes an undrafted defense set up with a juicy matchup will outperform that unit that went in the middle rounds of your draft.

Moving into the season, this is what makes streaming defenses such a valuable strategy. Defensive fantasy points are driven by sacks and turnovers, meaning that even a poor defense by traditional football measures can have a great fantasy football performance if the matchup is right.

In this article, we'll be combing through the waiver wire every week of the season to identify low-owned teams set up with a great matchup. The focus will be on teams owned in about 50% or less of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Our goal is to identify teams poised to finish as a top-12 scorer for that given week.

To help your fantasy team start 1-0, here are three widely available teams with great matchups in Week 1.