It’s Week 9 the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football is already testing players. The 2020 season is proving to be full of hard decisions in selecting the right waiver wire claims and knowing when to drop a player. But now players are needing navigate the COVID-19 situation as it disrupts games and schedules across the league.

It’s time to make the most crucial decision of them all–setting your lineups! Let’s about the Team Defenses.

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I get asked every week about which defenses are worth streaming, and to be honest, it’s a tough position to call because really good team defense plays rely on teams getting turnovers, sacks and special teams touchdowns. The points allowed measurable is such a difficult one to cash in on because even in garbage time, the worst teams score close to 20 points per game.

So if I have a consistent strategy to share, it’s to look for defensive line vs. offensive line matchups (for sacks), look for opposing quarterbacks and running backs who are careless with the ball (turnovers), and yes even which team defenses have good special teams players (for return touchdowns). More sophisticated leagues that utilize options such as 3 and outs, 4th down stops and yards allowed give you more to consider.

Let’s see which ones do NOT pass the grade for Week 8.

Chicago Bears Team Defense at Tennessee Titans

The Bears have been reliable enough to keep them each week as they have been able to shut down certain aspects of opposing teams. They still are are the strength of the Bears, but they haven’t always performed at a high level for four quarters of a game. And the result is that they have just three top 10 finishes this season.

The Titans though have proved to be an efficient offense and are balanced. They may have laid an egg last week against the Bengals, but they’ve looked unstoppable in most games. Even against the undefeated Steelers, they looked poised to win that game because of the balance in their offense. We like the Titans to re-center themselves after last week.