Rent-a-Defense: Week 3

A look at waiver wire defense performances in Week 2 and candidates to pick up for Week 3 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.

**Pittsburgh and San Francisco have great matchups but assumed to be rostered**

Week 2 Results

Los Angeles Rams (at Philadelphia) - 1 fumble, 2 INT

It wasn’t a sackfest, but the Rams still forced three turnovers on the road to pull away from the flailing Eagles. The return of Lane Johnson only slightly improved the Eagles offense. They could still be a target for rent-a-defenses in the future.

A Look Ahead: @BUF NYG @WAS - You might consider playing the Rams vs. the red hot Josh Allen to take advantage of the Week 4 and 5 matchups against NFC Least teams.

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