Rent-a-Defense: Week 9

A look at waiver wire defense performances in Week 8 and defenses to pick up for Week 9 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 8 Results

Philadelphia (vs Dallas) - 1 safety, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 DEF TD

Sometimes they go just the way we expect them to. Well, kind of. Ben Dinucci was overwhelmed, but he didn’t make any huge mistakes. He was steamrolled for a sack/fumble that was controversially called a touchdown even though another Eagle possibly recovered it while he was down.

A Look Ahead: BYE @NYG @CLE - The Eagles should be a better team in the second half of the year than they were in the first. In deeper leagues, they might be worth holding through the bye for the matchup with the Giants and they’ll be a viable desperation play in any given week.

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