November 15, 2013 @ 12:01:03 PDT
If you're in solid position to make your fantasy football playoffs, it's time to start planning ahead, stashing useful players on your bench.
Or in this case, defenses. In the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Industry Insiders League -- a 120-team, 10-division battle royale -- it looks like I'll make the postseason, a 40-team, multi-stage survivor series, so to speak.
I don't usually carry two DTs unless it's a formidably deep league like this one. I've done so now because I want to save a hammer FAAB bid for the postseason, and it helps to get a jump on any advantage possible.
Check out all those Jacksonville Jaguars duels. Squee.
When picking a DT, I focus much less on points allowed and instead on the trench matchups, and for these two clubs, I'm optimistic on how their respective defensive lines will overpower their competitors' front five for most of these contests.
As for the midrange tilts: Geno Smith could torment the Bills' secondary, but the New York Jets rook should be sacked a bunch in the process. The Atlanta Falcons' offensive line should be weak enough to manipulate, yet with Roddy White moving back into form, there's more risk than there was just a few weeks ago. Of course, smart betters typically go against Matt Ryan on the road.
The Indianapolis Colts' absence of Reggie Wayne hasn't stopped them in recent weeks, and T.Y. Hilton worked Houston the last time he faced them. But with Gary Kubiak returning, it'll be helpful for Wade Phillips to focus on just D again without the team being in second-half chaos.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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