D/ST Wins Championships - Week 12
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
Last Week’s Picks: Last week’s column produced an elite defense but struggled with its other two picks. The piece advised picking up either the Chargers, Browns or Vikings D/ST. In a 12-team league, the Chargers would have been a fine start. The Browns and Vikings’ D/STs didn’t do too well but were fine bets given the circumstances. Look for matchups against teams like the Raiders, which weren’t able to muster much of anything against the Chargers, as safe bets every week, while betting against pick-happy quarterbacks like Jay Cutler can work here and there. Recall that just last week, the Packers defense had a huge day against Cutler’s Bears. The column marches on into Week 12.