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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.
**Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Rams are assumed to be rostered**
Week 6 Results
Los Angeles Rams (at New York Giants) - 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 INT
This game was an orgy of destruction for the Rams defense. The Giants offense isn’t dead, but it is coughing up blood.
A Look Ahead: DET @HOU TEN - If you picked them up off of the waiver wire, thank the team that dropped them. They drafted the Rams D/ST only to miss the best part of their schedule.
Miami (vs Jacksonville - London) - 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
A Look Ahead: ATL @BUF HOU - The Dolphins have some good home matchups but we can’t use their defense until Howard and Jones return.
Cincinnati (at Detroit) - 1 sack, 1 INT
The Bengals defense had a strong outing, but it didn’t show up in the sacks/takeaways column.
A Look Ahead: @BAL @NYJ CLE - The Bengals have faced some bad offense this year and only came through against the Steelers. We wil probably skip them against the Jets, but they will be a consideration.
Indianapolis (vs Houston) - 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INT, 3 pts allowed
This one was everything we hoped it would be.
A Look Ahead: @SF TEN NYJ - The Colts defense has been a consistent enough producer to consider leaving them in for the 49ers and Titans to get the Jets and Jaguars in Weeks 10/11.
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