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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.
**New England, Buffalo and Denver have good-to-great matchups but assumed to be rostered**
Week 2 Results
Green Bay (vs Detroit) - 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT
Jared Goff was better than expected. The Packers defense even at home on a Monday night, was an underwhelming unit.
A Look Ahead: @SF PIT @CIN - Maybe if Mason Rudolph is starting Week 5 we will come back to them
Denver (at Jacksonville) - 1 sack, 2 INT
A Jamal Agnew kick return accounted for one of the two touchdowns and the other came on the opening drive.
A Look Ahead: NYJ BAL @PIT - No way we can go away from the Broncos this week
Seattle (vs Tennessee) - 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
The Titans line held up a lot better than it did against Chandler Jones and the team punched their way out of the corner to a stirring road win.
A Look Ahead: @MIN @SF LAR - We won’t come back to the Seahawks for a while.
Arizona (vs Minnesota) - 1 sack
A Look Ahead: @JAX @LAR SF - Even though they were a letdown last week, we can’t go away from the Cardinals this week.
Cleveland (vs Houston) - 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT
A Look Ahead: CHI @MIN @LAC - The Browns defense doesn’t look too imposing, even if it is potentially Justin Fields' first start.
New Orleans (at Carolina) - 2 sacks, 1 INT
We had the wrong side of this one, and it didn’t help that Marshon Lattimore was out. Chalk up Week 1 to the Florida heat.
A Look Ahead: @NE NYG @WAS - We won’t come back to the Saints for a while.
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
Chicago (vs Cincinnati) - 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 INT, 1 DEF TD
Minnesota (at Arizona) - 3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 DEF TD
Kansas City (at Baltimore) - 1 sack, 2 INT, 1 DEF TD
The Honey Badger is apparently over his bout with covid, at least it looked that way when he took a Lamar Jackson pass to the house
Indianapolis (vs Los Angeles Rams) - 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 1 ST TD
One blooper of a punt attempt led to a special teams score for the Colts
Week 3 Candidates
Tennessee (vs Indianapolis)
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