Defensive Team By Waiver Wire (DTBWW): Week 13
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 three years and in 2009, my top three weekly picks averaged DT5 numbers. In 2010, they averaged DT6 numbers. Last year, they averaged DT7 numbers. So the system works pretty well.
Generally, defenses have to be available on the waiver wire in at least 40% of ESPN fantasy leagues to be eligible. This ensures that we are talking about defenses that are readily available.
Let's see how we did last week:
Let's take a look at the best plays for this week:
Patriots (@ MIA)
They are not eligible since their ownership is over 60%, but as I mentioned above, owners should stick with them for the stretch run. They have a couple of bad matchups (HOU, SF) but those matchups are at home.
Jets (vs. ARI)
The Jets aren't a bad pickup for the stretch run considering their remaining schedule, which features four matchups against teams in the bottom 13 in DT aFPA (ARI, JAX, TEN, SD). This week they face Ryan Lindley.