Week 9 Defense (DEF/DST) Waiver Wire Pickups: Washington Has A Great Matchup

The Eagles’ defense took control of the game late in the 4th quarter to make them the top-scoring defense this past week. A game-sealing touchdown with a safety to follow it added to the Cowboys’ torture. The Dolphins’ defense continues to impress as well with a two-touchdown game against the Rams. They only gave up 17 points while picking up four turnovers and two sacks to give the Dolphins three straight games of high-scoring performances. Lastly, the Colts scored their league-leading fourth D/ST touchdown of the year. Their five sacks and two turnovers along with their touchdowns were good enough to trounce the Lions. As we near the end of the fantasy regular season, it is coming down to the wire. Give yourself an edge with a good defense this week with a pick from the defenses with 50% or less ownership below.

TeamOpponentOwn %
Washington Football TeamNew York Giants17.5
New York GiantsWashington Football Team14.0
Tennessee TitansChicago Bears28.9
Miami DolphinsArizona Cardinals12.0
Houston TexansJacksonville Jaguars2.1
Detroit LionsMinnesota Vikings6.3

Washington Football Team

Opponent: New York Giants
Own %: 17.5

washington football team 1The Washington Football Team has now had two games in a row where they scored favorably. Coming off their bye week last week, they will be rested up to face the Giants again. They played each other three weeks ago in which the Washington Football team only allowed 14 points, picked off Daniel Jones once, and also sacked him once. It has not been a good offensive season for the Giants since Saquon Barkley went down and that was still the case against Washington. In their rematch, nothing has changed and a similar outcome is expected. In fact, Washington could be even more successful defensively as there were just one turnover and one sack. Those numbers could easily go up. As the Giants play tonight on Monday Night football, that game will be a good indicator of what Washington will be up against come week 9.

New York Giants

Opponent: Washington Football Team
Own %: 14.0

New York GiantsThe Giants have been in the top half of defenses in terms of fantasy scoring, but it has mainly gone unrecognized as they consistently are projected near the bottom. They have to face a tough Buccaneers’ offense tonight, as I am writing this, which will be an indicator of what they might be able to do next week. Washington is a far worse offense than the Buccaneers, so if they succeed in any capacity tonight, things are looking up for next week. In two of the last three weeks, they have recorded a touchdown and have totaled five turnovers over those three weeks. The sack total has also never dipped under two in a given week which gives a solid floor for them to work off.

Tennessee Titans

Opponent: Chicago Bears
Own %: 28.9

Tennessee TitansIt has been a miserable time for Bears’ fans as they have seen their offense start to fizzle away. Late game heroics saved their chances last week but fell short in overtime. Nonetheless, the Bears’ offense is a great offense to target as they rank in the top 8 for giving fantasy points to opposing defenses. They have the second-worst rushing yards total in the league and Nick Foles has struggled in the pocket as the offensive line has been highly permeable. With the trade sending Desmond King to the Titans, their defense is strengthened against the pass. As the Titans have shown recent struggles on defense, this will be a major help in their hopeful stomping of the Bears.

Miami Dolphins

Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
Own %: 12.0

Miami DolphinsThe Dolphins are a pickup choice based solely on how they have been playing recently. It has now been three straight games in which the Dolphins have given above-expected results with holding opposing teams to under 20 points. They have forced eight turnovers total over their past three games as well as 10 sacks. Two touchdowns last week only added to their success. They have a difficult matchup against the Cardinals this week but they will be playing without Kenyan Drake so things could look differently. Containing Kyler Murray in the pocket is always the challenge against the Cardinals, so it is a risky pick going with the Dolphins this week, but judging off their past weeks, it could pay off immensely.

Houston Texans

Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars
Own %: 2.1

Houston TexansThe Texans are an interesting team to have as a waiver wire pickup as they have been among the worst defenses in the league but I have my reasons. The Texans have had just one solid defensive game all season long and that came against the Jaguars. In week 5, the Texans held the Jags to just 14 points while forcing two fumbles and four sacks to give them by far their best performance this season. The rematch is here as the Texans look to accomplish the same feat again. James Robinson has been the main producer of anything for them offensively as Gardiner Minshew has struggled to gain significant yardage. If they can find a way to shut him down again, it could be a successful game for the Texans’ defense.

Detroit Lions

Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Own %: 6.3

Detroit LionsIt might be scary to play the Lions after what Dalvin Cook was able to do to the Packers last week, but can we really expect that to happen twice in a row? Dalvin Cook is the whole Vikings’ offense especially with how poor Kirk Cousins has looked this year, and it showed in great color last week. Playing against a one-dimensional team like the Vikings makes preparations easier. It will be a battle to slow him down of which the Lions are capable of doing. They have proven in past weeks that they can create many turnovers. The Vikings rank near the top with turning the ball over with 12 on the year which makes them a great candidate for the Lions to have a bounce-back game.

I started playing fantasy football in 2010 at 12 years old where I subbed in for an owner who was having a baby. That year I won the championship in a 16-team league, carried by Arian Foster and Michael Vick. I have yet to bring a trophy home since then, but my love for fantasy football has grown, delving more and more in the statistics and finding ways to improve my drafting ability.

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