3 Fantasy D/ST SOS Pairings & Other Late-Round Options

Jul 20, 2021
3 Fantasy D/ST SOS Pairings & Other Late-Round Options

I’ve never known what period of the Gregorian calendar the phrase “the dog days of summer” officially refers to, but I know we in the U.S. are in them right now.

It’s times like these that we escape to lakes and pools to keep cool, and I’m going to ask you now to not judge your fellow water activity aficionados. I know, the doggie-paddle is maybe the least sexy-looking or smooth swimming form, but we’re all trying to get through these sweltering months as best we can. Even a plan that seems clunky can sometimes still do the trick.


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Much like someone scooting around the pool like a guppy, drafting defenses in fantasy football can be an ugly task. You don’t want to have to spend a high pick to get a good one—and you shouldn’t—and in deeper leagues or best ball formats, you don’t even have the luxury to stream or add another defense later to cover bye weeks and tough matchups. These formats make drafting a solid top option important and put pressure on finding an upside DEF2 to complement.

That’s why we’re using our Strength of Schedule (SOS) analyzer to create the best D/ST pairings possible for your fantasy football drafts for 2021. When possible, we’ll highlight cheap units with upside and give you enough confidence to ditch your “elite team D” water-wings.

Let’s dive in right away: which defensive units pair best in fantasy football for 2021?

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