Defensive Team By Waiver Wire: Week 3

For those of you new to Defensive Team By Waiver Wire (DTBWW), the strategy goes like this: Each week, you target a mediocre defense on the waiver wire, looking for a good matchup, preferably at home. You will typically get good defensive production without having to burn a semi-valuable pick on draft day. Or if you do draft a DT and they start to disappoint, you can use DTBWW the rest of the way.

I have been writing this feature for a couple of years (at another site) and in 2009, my top three weekly picks averaged DT5 numbers. In 2010, they averaged DT6 numbers. So the system works pretty well.
To be eligible, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of ESPN fantasy leagues. This ensures that we are talking about defenses that are readily available.
Let's see how we did last week: 
1. Lions (21 fantasy points, DT1)
2. 49ers (5 FP, DT18)
3. Cowboys (8 FP, DT11)
4. Browns (10 FP, DT8)
5. Broncos (2 FP, DT27)
All in all, not a bad week for DTBWW. The Lions technically didn't qualify due to their ownership level in ESPN leagues, but hopefully a few readers were able to pick them up and capitalize on the Chiefs' ineptitude. The Cowboys and Browns turned in solid DT performances, while the 49ers didn't totally lay an egg. 
Now let's take a look at Week 3:
Note: If the Chargers DT is available, pick them up. They have a great schedule the next three weeks, including the Chiefs in W3.
Titans (vs. DEN)
Through two weeks, the Titans are averaging 11.5 fantasy points and the Broncos (who gave up 13 to OAK in W1 and six to CIN in W2) are coming to town. The TEN DT has looked pretty good so far.

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