The Carolina defense has forced 13 turnovers in the last four weeks.
The undefeated Panthers have outscored opponents 137-81 over those four games and will travel to Dallas in Week 12 where they will look to continue their defensive success. Carolina is also third among NFL defenses in sacks this season and will be a top-tier fantasy option at Dallas in Week 12.
Indianapolis' 29th-ranked pass defense will take on Tampa Bay rookie QB Jameis Winston in Week 12.
Winston is coming off an impressive five touchdown performance in Week 11, and has thrown just two interceptions in his last six outings. The Colts D/ST has forced nine turnovers over the last three weeks, but still has trouble slowing opposing offenses on a regular basis and won't be a startable fantasy option in Week 12.
The Chicago defense will face the revamped Green Bay running game when they travel to Lambeau Field in Week 12.
The Packers were led by Eddie Lacy's 100-yard performance last week, which was the first time the Green Bay offense had run for 100 yards or more since Week 6. With Lacy seemingly healthy, the Bears will have a tough task on their hands this week and Chicago gave up 133 rushing yards when these two teams met in Week 1. The Bears D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option on the road in Week 12.
The Dallas defense will focus on stopping Carolina QB Cam Newton in Week 12, who is coming off a career-high five touchdown performance.
Newton has thrown 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions in Carolina's last four games, and has been dubbed the biggest key for Dallas in Week 12 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It’ll be an extreme challenge, he’s having a fantastic year and we have to find a way to keep him down," said Dallas linebacker Sean Lee about the idea of stopping Newton. The Cowboys D/ST will be a lower-tier fantasy option this week against the undefeated Panthers, who are averaging 34.3 points over the last four weeks.
The Detroit defense has not forced a turnover since Week 7.
The Lions have been unsuccessful in the turnover department in recent weeks, but have put together two solid defensive performances since their Week 9 bye. The first eight games of the 2015 saw Detroit allow 30.6 points per game, while they have given up just 29 total points over the last two weeks. Week 12 brings a matchup with Philadelphia QB Mark Sanchez, who has thrown four interceptions in 64 pass attempts this season. The Lions D/ST is a reasonable streaming option this week.
The Green Bay defense will look to build upon a success full Week 11 performance in which they sacked Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater six times.
Green Bay is tied for sixth among NFL defenses with 29 sacks on the season and will face Chicago in Week 12, who has allowed only 18 sacks in 2015. After a three-game losing streak, the Packers turned things around in Week 11 with a 30-13 win at Minnesota and will look to pick on Chicago QB Jay Cutler in Week 12, who hasn't thrown more than one interception in a single game this season. The Packers D/ST is an underwhelming Week 12 fantasy option on a short week.
The Washington defense will attempt to contain New York QB Eli Manning in the second 2015 meeting between the Redskins and Giants.
Manning threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns when these teams met in Week 3, with both touchdown passes coming in the fourth quarter of a 32-21 Giants win. The Redskins D/ST is coming off a loss at Carolina, where Panthers QB Cam Newton tossed five touchdowns, and will look to turn things around in Week 12 against their divisional foe. The Redskins D/ST won't be a recommended fantasy option this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed an opposing running back to top 100 yards in three of their last four games.
The Eagles are last in the NFL in run defense over the last five weeks, which was capped off by Doug Martin's 235-yard effort in Week 11 against the Philadelphia defense. Chip Kelly's defense will have a chance to reverse this trend in Week 12 against the Detroit Lions, who are last in the NFL in rushing. The Eagles D/ST is a borderline top-12 fantasy option this week on Thanksgiving against Detroit.