Unless most of the teams in your league carry a backup defense, more than half of the league should be available to you every week. Perhaps instead of playing one above average defense every week, regardless of matchup, we should instead target the widely available waiver wire defenses with the best matchups in any particular week? You can always make exceptions if your rent-a-defense gets hot - heck, you might find a team worth starting all year by accident. Even if you don't, good matchups will continue to get greater in number as more QBs get injured or yanked as the season goes on. You can steal some points from bad weather come December. Each week I'll list the startable fantasy defenses on most waiver wires and rank them.
**Chicago and Houston should be played over rent-a-defenses but are assumed to be rostered**
Week 12 Results
New Orleans (vs Atlanta - Thanksgiving) - 6 sacks, 1 INT, 3 fumble recoveries
The Falcons did their part to help with three fumbles in the Saints end of the field, including two at the goal line, but the New Orleans pass rush was also fierce and taking advantage of playing with yet another huge lead.
A Look Ahead: @DAL @TB @CAR PIT - They won’t be at the Superdome until Week 16, but Saints are still a tempting D/ST to ride all the way home because of game script.
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