Fantasy owners trying to pick defense/special teams (DSTs) to stream this year have certainly had a difficult time. In Week 11, the Panthers DST did well, as they held the Lions to zero points. The Browns and Chargers DSTs scored touchdowns, and the Saints sacked Matt Ryan eight times. The best thing fantasy owners can do is play the matchups. For example, the Giants are playing the Bengals in Week 12. The Bengals lost Joe Burrow (for the season) and also will be without Joe Mixon (currently on IR). The Giants DST actually has done well against struggling teams (Dallas, Washington, etc.). They are ranked No. 3 for Week 12.
All teams are playing this week, so fantasy owners should just try to stream to get the best matchup. The Steelers are scheduled to play the Ravens, both of which are good defenses. Don't let the matchup scare you. If you've been relying on either of them all season, keep them in your lineup for this week. The Colts DST has been very good this year and is still ranked within the top 12, despite facing the Titans.
NFL DST Rankings: Week 12
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.