D/ST Wins Championships - Week 14
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/STs 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 produced an elite defense but struggled with its other two picks. The piece advised picking up either the Vikings, Bengals or Falcons D/ST. In a 12-team league, the Vikings would have been an elite start while the Bengals would also have been a fringe start. The Vikings and Bengals’ D/STs finished third and fourteenth, respectively. While Cincinnati and Atlanta held their opponents to low points totals as we projected, they were unable to make the big play, and, as such, their boring yet effective performances didn’t yield high fantasy point totals.