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.
Week 12 Results
New Orleans (at Denver) - 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INT, 3 pts allowed
The Broncos offense without a quarterback was as feeble as expected, although it didn’t result in a huge defensive fireworks display for the Saints. It was still more than good enough to justify the start in most scoring systems.
A Look Ahead: @ATL @PHI KC - Why would we go away from the Saints defense with Atlanta up this week and Philadelphia in Week 14?
Miami (at New York Jets) - 3 sacks, 2 INT, 3 pts allowed
Like the Saints, the Dolphins defense more than took care of business, but the output was just ok in a big week for fantasy defenses.
A Look Ahead: CIN KC NE - Brandon Allen? Yes please.
Cleveland (at Jacksonville) - Nada. Bupkis. Zilch.
A Look Ahead: @TEN BAL @NYG - We might come back to the Browns against the Giants and Jets in Weeks 15 and 16 and if you bench can fit them, they are worth the stash.
New York Giants (at Cincinnati) - 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT
Brandon Allen was pretty bad, but an early kick return touchdown by the Bengals and continued mediocrity from the Giants offense kept this one from getting out of hand and turning into a defensive bonanza for the G-men.
A Look Ahead: @SEA ARI CLE - We will toss em back like a little fish against this schedule, especially with Daniel Jones hurting.
Seattle (at Philadelphia) - 6 sacks, 1 INT
This was a solid fantasy result for this defense on the rise, but let’s be honest, it felt like Carson Wentz was sacked at least ten times. We’ll be targeting the Eagles going forward.
A Look Ahead: NYG NYJ @WAS - Against this schedule it’s Seahawks defense or bust!
Los Angeles Rams (vs San Francisco) - 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT, 1 DEF TD
A Look Ahead: @ARI NE NYJ - The Rams have earned the status of a set and forget D/ST with multiple takeaways in each of the last five games
Green Bay (vs Chicago) - 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INT, 1 DEF TD
The Packers harassed Mitchell Trubisky all night, although they did get away with a face mask penalty or two on their sack/strip/fumble return for a touchdown.
A Look Ahead: PHI @DET CAR - Yes we will pick on Carson Wentz and keep playing the Packers.
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