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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.
**Buffalo, Tampa Bay, and Dallas are assumed to be rostered**
Week 5 Results
New England (vs Houston) - 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
Maybe we won’t give Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt against rookie quarterbacks. Davis Mills executed a Tim Kelly game plan well and with a better kicker, the Texans might have won.
A Look Ahead: DAL NYJ @LAC - Eh who am I kidding, we will still consider the Patriots in two weeks.
Los Angeles Chargers (vs Cleveland) - 1 sack
So much for Brandon Staley’s defensive genius and holding opponents to their lowest point total of the year.
A Look Ahead: @BAL BYE NE - We’re dodging Lamar Jackson, but coming back to the Chargers after their bye.
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