If you find yourself looking for a team defense on the waiver wire for week 11, here are the top five defenses who are widely available in ESPN leagues facing favorable matchups this weekend. The ownership percentage in parentheses is as of Tuesday Night, and all point references are to ESPN standard scoring
1. Arizona Cardinals D/ST (30.8%)
The Cardinals defense has scored 13 or more fantasy points in ESPN standard scoring in four of their last six games after a very nice performance against the Texans in their win this week. The Cardinals had a return touchdown to go with their three sacks while limiting Case Keenum and the Texans offense. The main reason they make the list of good pickups for week 11 is their matchup in Jacksonville with the Jaguars who allow opposing defenses to pile up points due to turnovers and sacks allowed.
2. San Diego Chargers D/ST (3.0%)
San Diego’s defense hasn’t been great, but have been solid forcing turnovers in each of their last four games. They held up decently against the Broncos last week, but are in an even better matchup this week against the Dolphins and their depleted offensive line. San Diego will be on the road, but should be a decent play against a Miami team in turmoil and on a short week.
3. New York Jets (7.3%)
The Jets come back off their bye week to take on the Bills who have allowed double-digits fantasy points in three straight games and for the season have given up the seventh most points per game to opposing defenses.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9.1%)
The Bucs D got the team their first win this last week as they man-handled Miami especially late to put the game away. This week they’ll host the Falcons who have allowed 46 points to opposing defenses in their last three games and 37 in their last two games on the road. Atlanta’s a mess, so the Bucs are a solid option even on a short week.
5. Detroit Lions D/ST (4.8%)
The Lions defense travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers who have allowed five or more fantasy points to opposing defenses in their last four games and have struggled to find a rhythm all season long. The Lions D has some playmakers and should be able to put pressure on Big Ben.