Rent-a-Defense: Week 8

A look at waiver wire defense performances in Week 7 and who to pick up for 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.

Week 7 Results

Buffalo (at New York Jets) - 6 sacks, 2 INT

The Bills defense had been lackluster coming into this game and barely let the Jets get anything going, especially in the second half. This won’t discourage us from playing just about any old defense against the Jets going forward.

A Look Ahead: NE SEA @ARI - This becomes a preferred play this week considering the state of the Patriots offense, but we’re going to assume that the Bills were picked up in every league this week, so consider it a bonus play, and then we’ll throw the Bills back before they face Seattle.

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