Anybody who nonetheless lives by the saying “protection wins championships” has by no means performed fantasy soccer.
From a strategic perspective, the place of protection/particular groups is solely marginally extra vital than kickers in most fantasy codecs. The predictability from season to season is sketchy — the 49ers have been presupposed to have among the finest defenses final season however suffered a rash of accidents, the Dolphins got here out of nowhere to attain the fourth-most factors at DST, the Patriots a few seasons again had an unbelievable early run after they appeared to attain defensive or particular groups touchdowns each week.
The purpose being, it’s laborious to each choose the perfect or prime sleeper items. That is a part of the rationale the Madman typically streams DSTs from week to week — selecting, amongst these obtainable on the waiver wire, the perfect protection that’s taking part in towards the worst offense every week.
We want to land a DST within the draft that doesn’t power us to robotically rely on a streaming technique, but when we miss on one we like or find yourself with a dud unit or hit an inconvenient bye-week dilemma, we have now no reservations about audibling to the stream strategy.
This implies we aren’t going to spend a draft choose on a DST if there’s any place participant we wish nonetheless obtainable — we nearly at all times are going to have one thing near 3-4 working backs, 3-4 large receivers, and at the very least one quarterback and tight finish earlier than we even look at obtainable DSTs.
As a result of we wait till so late to handle DST, that always means prime items have been snatched up. However that hardly issues as a result of we don’t significantly look after a number of the top-rated items as it’s.
Once we do get to the purpose within the draft when we’re going to take a look at defenses, we ideally would need the Rams, Buccaneers and 49ers, however these are not often obtainable.
So as an alternative, we residence in on the Colts (a robust unit in a division with principally weak or inexperienced offenses), however our favourite goal is Washington (which has the good thing about glorious expertise and taking part in in a weak division).
If none of those items can be found, we go forward and pull the ripcord and search for Week 1 matchups in anticipation of streaming all through the season. For this, we’re on the lookout for groups which have good defensive matchups to begin the season. The Chargers, Panthers and Dolphins lead this listing.
And if all of these are gone, we search for items that would exceed expectations — just like the Giants (as a result of they’ve younger expertise) and Cowboys (as a result of an improved offense with a wholesome Dak Prescott ought to assist create turnover alternatives on protection — however are able to dump and begin streaming when a greater one turns into obtainable or we encounter a matchup we don’t like.
So when your draft kicks off, put your DST cheat sheet on the bench for some time and don’t convey it in till the sport is nearly over. Offense wins fantasy championships.