2023 Week 15 Streaming D/STs


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2023 Week 15 Streaming D/STs

If you’re reading this, congratulations are likely due. You’ve made the fantasy football playoffs and are trying to stream a defense with maximum upside. Hopefully, this article has helped you all season long, but if today is the first time you find us, welcome to the party. Let’s go win ourselves a playoff game.

DSTs to add for Week 15

Minnesota Vikings (MIN, 24%) – This defense is on fire over their last two starts. In those games, Minnesota allowed just 12 points while recording seven sacks and five takeaways. Week 15 sees them travel to Cincinnati to battle a Bengals team led by Jake Browning. While Browning has been better than expected, he’s still a backup QB in the NFL. On the season, Minnesota has allowed the fifth-fewest yards rushing per game (92.9). Maybe that slows down Joe Mixon and forces Browning to drop back more.

Cincinnati Bengals (CIN, 25%) – We aren’t sure who will be under center for the Vikings, but whoever it is might not have Justin Jefferson. The Vikings don’t have very talented QBs on their roster now. The shine has well worn off Joshua Dobbs. I like the Bengals at home to make some noise as a playoff streamer.

Tennessee Titans (TEN, 6%) – Watch the C.J. Stroud concussion protocol news. If the rookie stud sits, we could have Davis Mills starting, and that’s not good for anyone (except Titans streamers). Houston could also be without Nico Collins, who left Week 14 with a calf injury. The Titans DST showed up for their MNF showdown with Miami. They won’t face the same challenge in Week 15.

Atlanta Falcons (ATL, 32%) – Play anyone vs Carolina. They’ve allowed at least three sacks in all but two games this season. The Saints just wrecked them for over 20 DST points. Carolina should be in a negative game script, and if they have to throw, they’ll face a Falcons defense who, per Fantasy Points Data, since Week 12, Atlanta leads the NFL in lowest adjusted completion percentage at 61%. Add Atlanta and ride them for the remainder of the playoffs (@CAR, IND, @CHI).

Indianapolis Colts (IND, 42%) – Two words: Mitch Trubisky. It’s never a bad idea to target Mitch-a-Palooza when streaming a DST. This is a unit that has scored in two straight weeks. While that is nearly impossible to predict, it’s never a bad thing to have on your side when splitting hairs on who to play. This Colts DST has scored double digits in four of their last five weeks. They’ve also been sack machines. Prior to Week 14, they had sack numbers of six, six, five, and four in their four prior contests. The Steelers come into this game still looking for an offensive identity. If it’s putting the ball in Trubisky’s hands, I like the chances of Colts owners moving on in the playoffs.

Playoff Streaming Thoughts

Houston Texans – While their QB is in concussion protocol, their DST has a clear vision and sights set on a fantasy title. Matchups at Tennessee, then home for Cleveland and the Titans again, are outstanding. There’s a shot you might see the Texans on your waiver wire.

New Orleans Saints – The Saints could be on some rosters after their Week 14 pounding of the Panthers. Ride them for one more week vs the Giants before sending them packing.

Kansas City ChiefsDST – Don’t drop the Chiefs just yet. No, they haven’t been the same team we saw earlier on this year, but the next two weeks have you set up for success. A road game at hapless New England starts the playoffs, and they return home for a date with the Raiders. A pissed-off KC team could be just what you need to punch your ticket to the fantasy football finals.

Los Angeles Rams – Only rostered in 17% of Yahoo leagues, the Rams have an incredible playoff schedule: vs. Washington, vs. New Orleans, and New York Giants. The issue here, they stink. They have eclipsed eight fantasy points in over a month in standard scoring. The pass rush is non-existent, but if you need a desperation play, that schedule could answer your prayers.

Chicago Bears – Don’t look now, but the Bears are playing some defense these days. Over the past two games, 23 points allowed, six sacks, and seven takeaways. They’ll go on the road to face Joe Flacco and the Browns before dates with Arizona and Atlanta at home. It wouldn’t shock me at all if people winning titles were using the new Monsters of the Midway.

Green Bay Packers – It’s a fun end to the Packers campaign as they host the Bucs before battling Carolina and Minnesota on the road. This team is hit or miss, but anytime you see the Panthers on the schedule, you close your eyes and click it.

Brian’s journey across the fantasy universe began as a writer for Fighting Chance Fantasy. He co-created his own podcast, “The Fantasy Football Hustle” which was nominated for the FSWA podcast of the year in 2022. He also hosted the PFF postgame show on SiriusXM for two years and currently hosts the "Two-Point Stance Podcast" with Joe Dolan.