Fantasy football: Start your playoff scheduling now

Tamba Hali
Tamba Hali and the Chiefs defense is still a good play going forward.
Credit: Getty Images

The easiest way to tilt a tight playoff matchup in your favor is by winning in the defensive game. The time to stash is now.

We’re not going to sit guys like Victor Cruz just because he’s playing the Seahawks in Week 15. But what we can do is think about which defenses to add now with both eyes on the playoffs. It’s worth carving out a bench spot.

Streaming options

The Titans are available in far too many leagues. Even if you don’t want to use them in Oakland this week, they face turnover-prone Carson Palmer in Week 15 and are at Jacksonville (aka the dream) in Week 16. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty are quietly two of the best corners in the NFL. A riskier option that still has a ton of upside is the Bills. They don’t have a ton of talent, but are at Tampa in Week 14, at Jacksonville in Week 15 and vs. Miami in Week 16.

Avoid at all costs

The Giants defense has been rapidly improving during this four-game win streak, but they are at San Diego in Week 14, vs. Seattle Week 15 and at Detroit in Week 16. Those are three excellent, high-scoring offenses to avoid. Also, if you’ve been riding the Ravens then you need to start thinking ahead right now. Baltimore’s defense will be hands off against the Lions and Patriots during Weeks 15 and 16.

Best of the best

One of the waiver adds of the year has been the Kansas City defense. Owners will be rewarded with matchups against Oakland and Indianapolis in Weeks 15 and 16. The 49ers matchups are even better. They get Tampa Bay and Atlanta in those two weeks. Without wide receiver Julio Jones and with one of the worst offensive lines in football, the Falcons offense has become one of the worst in the league.

Week 12 matchups

Make sure to get these borderline wideouts in your lineups this week:

1. James Jones, Packers — This is the spot Scott Tolzien has been waiting for. Home against the Vikings’ woeful secondary.

2. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars — Shorts complained about his lack of targets in Week 11, which means he’ll see a ton in Week 12.

3. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs — Andy Reid is starting to move Bowe into the slot more, which will pay rewards against the Chargers.

NFL pickups

1. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys — With his hamstrings at 100 percent for now, Austin is expected to re-take starting duties from Terrance Williams.

2. Nate Burleson, WR, Lions — The arm is finally healed and Burleson will be a candidate for six catches per game going forward.

3. Bobby Rainey, RB, Bucs — Rainey surprisingly left Brian Leonard in the dust last week, seizing control of this backfield.


Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…


Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as…

By Irene KlotzNEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars…


NYPD: Man found hanging in Brooklyn subway station

A man was found hanging inside a Brooklyn subway station on Saturday morning, police said. The man, who still had not been identified on Sunday,…


Only church destroyed in 9/11 set to rebuild

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to start the…


9 things we learned about 'Hannibal' Season 3…

There’s plenty of fall television to be excited about, but the crowd inside the Paley Center for Media on Saturday night only wanted one thing:…

Going Out

Watch home cooks try to impress Tom Colicchio…

Is what you’re making for dinner tonight good enough to serve “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio? That’s the standard that some of the city’s best…


‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 4 ‘Iron in…

Carrie Mathison, what are you doing?! Don’t seduce virgins! More on that later: Lots of crazy stuff went down on the "Iron in the Fire" ep of "Homeland"!


Box office: Brad Pitt kills Nazis, also Nicholas…

This weekend, Brad Pitt's second WWII movie, "Fury," rolled into the lead, while the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Best of Me," got little love.


College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU


NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front


DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.


Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.


Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…


Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…


Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…


Chances are, the average college student isn't taking…

As a bachelor’s degree becomes more expensive than ever, one new report is criticizing colleges for the content of those pricey educations. The American Council…