Trust the Texans DST this week
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that finished last season 2-14, have a fantasy relevant defense in 2015. Despite being owned in 6.6 percent of ESPN leagues, the Buccaneers have forced more turnovers (8) than the Seattle Seahawks (7) and have more sacks (19) than the Bills and Jets do combined (17).
Not all is well in Tampa, however, as they’ve given up more points than any other team in the NFL. But the only stat that matters to fantasy owners is the points their DST scores each week, and they’re averaging more points than highly-owned teams like the Bengals, Bills, and Ravens.
This column isn’t meant to sell you on the Buccaneers defense, although for dynasty league owners who own teams like the Texans or Dolphins and are ready to cut their losses, you could do worse than Tampa Bay. Rather, this column is a reminder that you have to look at fantasy defenses with an objective eye, and understand that you can find value where other owners, both in dynasty leagues and DFS games, might not yet see it.