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, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, and Kansas City should be played over rent-a-defenses but are assumed to be rostered**
Week 14 Results
Denver (at San Francisco) - 3 sacks, 1 INT
The Broncos proved to much more mortal against Nick Mullens on the road than they were against Josh Rosen on the road, when they had two pick sixes. After they fell behind 20-0, there were little to no opportunities for them to fluster an inexperienced quarterback into mistakes.
A Look Ahead: CLE @OAK - Even back in Denver, perhaps playing the Broncos against Baker Mayfield isn’t advisable this week.
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