This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
On paper, Week 16 was a huge win for this space, with the five recommendations combining for 66 fantasy points, our second-largest total of the season. However, it was a bittersweet outcome from a personal perspective, as the top streaming pick (Denver) was the only one of the bunch to score fewer than nine points.
I started the Broncos defense (five points) over the Colts defense (30 points) in all my leagues, which proved costly when I lost a championship matchup by 6.62 points and a third-place game by 9.02. Granted, there were other questionable lineup decisions — Mike Boone! — contributing to those losses, but the D/ST aspect was especially frustrating because I'd been stashing Indianapolis for a few weeks in anticipation of the fantasy Super Bowl matchup.
I then pivoted to Denver once it became clear that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) wouldn't return for Week 16, joining Marvin Jones (ankle) and T.J. Hockenson (ankle) on injured reserve. There was no way I was changing my mind again once the betting odds gave Detroit the lowest implied total of Week 16 (a full four points below Carolina!).
If we're being honest, I probably was lucky to even make it to the final week in so many of my leagues, with successful D/ST and kicker streaming allowing me to overcome some mediocre work in August drafts. My fantasy season is now over, apart from DFS, but we still have rankings, projections and recommendations for all the unfortunate souls