D/ST Wins Championships - Week 11
Starting the same D/ST every week is one of the worst moves a fantasy owner can make. It’s much safer to bet against a bad offense than it is to bet on a good defense. The notion of a ‘great’ D/ST is flawed; you can get top-level production by streaming defenses based on matchups. Check out this column every week to find out which D/STs you can and should pick up off of the waiver wire.
The Rules: Each week, I’ll highlight three easily-acquired D/ST’s that are worthy of a start in 12-team formats. The D/STs that I pick must be owned in less than 40 percent of leagues so that each unit is likely available in your own league. To establish credibility over the course of the season, I’ll review how my picks from last week did.
Last Week’s Picks: Last week’s column had two big hits and one big miss. The piece advised picking up either the Packers, Falcons or Panthers D/ST. In a 12-team league, both the Packers and the Falcons would have been fine starts. The Packers and Falcons’ D/STs ranked third and ninth, respectively, in the league in Week 10. The Panthers were horrid against the Eagles, but special teams are difficult to project, and Philadelphia scored two of their touchdowns in that part of the game. Keep in mind that we’ve hit at least two top 12 teams every single week of the season.