Rent-a-Defense: Week 8

A look at waiver wire defense performances in Week 7 and candidates to pick up in Week 8 and beyond

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, San Francisco and New England should be played in Week 8 but are assumed to be rostered**

Week 7 Results

Buffalo (vs Miami) - 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 1 ST TD

This one worked out because an onsides kick was returned for a score. We’ll still prefer any D/ST facing the Dolphins, although it’s better when Josh Rosen is in.

A Look Ahead: PHI WAS @CLE - Carson Wentz was under pressure a lot last week, but can Buffalo match Dallas’s pass rush? We’ll still consider them if only to have them for Washington next week.

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