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.
**San Francisco and New England should be played in Week 9 but are assumed to be rostered**
Week 8 Results
Pittsburgh (vs Miami) - 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 INTs
The “play every D/ST against Miami” theory will be tested this week, but it came through for us in Week 8 despite Miami building a 14-0 early lead.
A Look Ahead: IND LAR @CLE - The Steelers D/ST is top four across formats and has a weak second half schedule. The matchup isn’t ideal this week, but it is at home and worth a shot.