Waiver Wire Defenses To Add For Extra Edge


By Vidur Malik



Chances are you’ve gotten a lot of points out of your starting quarterback so far this season.


If you’ve got Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, you’ve enjoyed weeks of sky-high point totals, but that could change.


400-yard passing games aren’t quite as prolific as they were earlier this season, and offenses will probably become a lot more balanced for the rest of the season. Four out of the first five weeks of the 2011 season saw at least one quarterback go over 400 yards, but no passer has eclipsed that total the past two weeks.


That doesn’t mean your quarterback won’t give you great fantasy numbers, it just means you’ll have to get used to a 300-yard passing day out of your quarterback, which is not too shabby. It also means that defenses will start contributing more points to your team.


As defenses seem catch up with offenses, think about picking up another defense as a backup or to start. Houston’s defense limited the Titans to just a touchdown last week and are playing the Jaguars offense on Sunday, so look for the Texans to have another great defensive week. Buffalo is playing a Redskins team that has been struggling as of late, and should be a good pickup if its defense is available in your league.


Trends come and go in an NFL season, and it’s important to follow them for your fantasy team to stay competitive. Right now, that means looking at which defenses could put together a few weeks of good play. The elite-level quarterbacks will always put up big numbers, but if you’ve got a mid-level passer on your team, you need to get points from other spots on your roster. Now that offenses are starting to quiet down, defense is a great source of production.


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