D/ST Wins Championships - Week16
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 advised picking up either the Chargers, Colts, or Jets D/ST in what was an inordinately good week for units around the league. 10-point outings weren’t even good enough for 12th place among fantasy D/STs in Week 15, which made the job of prognosis very difficult. The Colts’ D/STs did put up 10 points and the Jets managed six. While the Chargers’ final point total didn’t look too stellar, they lived up to the wild expectation that they could slow a Manning-led Broncos offense. Big plays, it appears, are the name of the game.