Defensive Team By Waiver Wire: Week 6

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. Giants (8 fantasy points, DT10)
2. Titans (-1 fp, DT25)
3. 49ers (22 fp, DT1)
4. Broncos (15 fp, DT6)
5. Colts (2 fp, DT22)
6. Bengals (17 fp, DT3)
We were all over the place in Week 5 with four top 10 picks (including the #1 DT for the week), while the Titans and Colts didn't do well in good matchups. On average, DTBWW has scored 10.2 on the season, which are DT10 numbers.
Let's take a look at Week 6:
Bengals (vs. IND)
Curtis Painter is better than Kerry Collins, but the Colts are still a nice matchup, especially with Joseph Addai likely sidelined with a hamstring injury. The Bengals are solid defensively.

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