With the passing of the trade deadline in most leagues, fantasy owners are now limited to the waiver wire for any major adjustments in their starting lineup. However, there should be a number of options within the free agent pool for owners looking to beef up their defense at the back-end of the season.
Injuries to skill positions have forced fantasy football owners to pick up practically anyone off the waiver wire in recent weeks, and with the playoff picture officially developing, they can’t afford to have their defense become the weakest link.
After spending high draft capital on guys like Julio Jones and David Johnson, a majority of fantasy owners look to draft defenses late in their respective drafts, and they rarely commit to one specific defense for the entire season.
Unless you have one of the top squads this season, Fantasy defenses are usually interchangeable weekly based on matchups. Surprisingly, most Fantasy owners aren’t even aware of who’s the best and rarely take a look at overall team NFL stats. Due to Fantasy Football scoring formats that reward so much for defensive TD’s, the top performers can sometimes get a little skewed.
The Vikings are this year’s top defensive beast, and we’ve been ranking them that way since we got a glimpse of their dominate force week 2. Minnesota is towering over the Bills who rank 2nd (depending on league scoring) after five NFL weeks. While last year’s favorites Denver and Arizona are hovering respectably in the top 5.
Entering Week 3 of the 2016 NFL season, it’s likely that you have already seen your fair share of highs and lows when it comes to playing Daily Fantasy Sports.
Though the Baltimore Ravens opted to give Terrance West more carries against the Buffalo Bills last week, veteran Justin Forsett walked off the field as the Ravens’ leading contributor out of the backfield with 10 carries for 41 yards and three receptions for 15 yards.
After bringing in DeVante Parker with their first-round pick in last year’s draft, the Miami Dolphins again addressed the wide receiver position in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft with former Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo.
Without an elite possession receiver opposite of sophomore Stefon Diggs, the Minnesota Vikings selected former Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.