Fantasy Football: 5 Sleeper D/ST’s to Help You Win Your Playoffs

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Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Most successful fantasy owners have gotten to the playoffs by playing multiple fantasy defense. Streaming defenses is a common fantasy football strategy since matchups are so vital unless you own an elite option. As you head into the playoffs, here are five teams set up well based on matchups for the next few weeks.

1. Arizona Cardinals

The Cards D lost their streak of of 12 straight games forcing a turnover last week against the Eagles allowing 24 points to Nick Foles in a tough road loss. They’re still one of the best overall defenses in the league with a total of 15 picks and ranking fourth against the rush.

This week the Cards return to the desert to face the Rams who have allowed multiple sacks in six straight games and have turned the ball over nine times in that span. If you need a one-week D, the Cards are definitely one of the best options in the over 50% of ESPN leagues where they are still inexplicably available.

As for the rest of the playoffs, next week they head to Tennessee to face the Titans which is a decent but not great matchup. Then they have the tough task of heading to Seattle in week 16, but by that time the Seahawks may not have too much to play for. Arizona also did get six fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring) against Seattle earlier this week. The final game of the season, Arizona faces the 49ers in a game that could mean nothing or everything depending on how the rest of the season goes.

Arizona is a great grab-and-play option this week, and without a win this week the rest of the playoffs may not matter that much to you.

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