D/ST Wins Championships - Week 7
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: For the first week in our “D/ST Wins Championships” column, we hit on all three picks. During Week 6, the column advised picking up one of the Titans, Packers or Colts D/ST. In a 12-team league, any of the Titans, Colts and Packers’ D/STs would have been reasonable starts. The Titans, Colts and Packers’ D/STs ranked sixth, eleventh and twelfth, respectively, in the league in Week 6. The Titans D/ST led the way, putting up a solid 12 points in Week 6, locking down the Blake Bortles-led Jaguars. For comparison’s sake, the Seahawks’ defense (the top-ranked defense on everyone’s preseason draft board), ranked ninth last week.