Defensive Team By Waiver Wire (DTBWW): Week 2

Defensive Team By Waiver Wire (DTBWW): Week 2

By John Paulsen (Director of Forecasting), last update Sep 11, 2012

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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:
1. Vikings (4 fantasy points, DT23)
2. Lions (3 fp, DT26)
3. Bills (-2 fp, DT31)
Well, this was not DTBWW's finest hour as the revamped Bills somehow got shredded by the Jets, the Lions barely showed up at home against the Rams, and the Vikings failed to contain Blaine Freaking Gabbert.
Another day, another dollar. 
Let's take a look at Week 2:
Patriots (vs. ARI)
John Skelton is out. Kevin Kolb is in. The Cardinals will still turn the ball over. (And the Patriots' front seven looks much improved.)

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