Defensive Team By Waiver Wire: Week 9

B. Flowers

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. Texans (9 fantasy points, DT13)
2. Giants (11 fp, DT10)
3. Bills (23 fp, DT3)
4. Bengals (24 fp, DT2)
5. Chiefs (15 fp, DT6)
6. Titans (16 fp, DT4)
Now that's a good week. Interestingly, my top pick produced the fewest points of the bunch, but that's fantasy football for you.
On the season, DTBWW is now averaging 11.0 fantasy points, which equate to DT7 numbers.
Let's take a look at the best picks for Week 9:
Chiefs (vs. MIA)
The Kansas City defense is hot (50 points in the last two weeks) and the Dolphins have given up the 6th-most Adjusted FP to opposing defenses this year.

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