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 the Los Angeles Rams have good matchups in Week 6 and should be played over rent-a-defenses but are assumed to be rostered**
Week 5 Results
Tennessee (at Buffalo) - 1 sack, 1 INT
An early Titans turnover and strong play from the Bills defense kept this on a run-heavy conservative game script and the Titans couldn’t generate pressure. Maybe they were tired after an epic overtime win over Philadelphia. We’ll keep targeting the Bills unless the team is competitive for two or three straight games.
A Look Ahead: BAL @LAC BYE - The Titans are going home and the Ravens offense has had rough outings on the road at times this year. You could do worse.
Houston (vs Dallas) - 2 sacks, 2 INT
JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney wreaked their share of havoc, but the game was a back and forth affair and they never really got a chance to get into killer instinct mode. The result was acceptable because playing them in Week 5 positioned you for Week 6.
A Look Ahead: BUF @JAX MIA - We’ll take our chances against Josh Allen any week.
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