Getting Defensive: Week 14

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Well, here we are.

In the vast majority of fantasy football leagues, Week 14 is the swan song for the regular season. After this week’s games, some teams will move on to the postseason, while others will have to wait until 2022 to continue their pursuit for fantasy glory.

This week means little for some managers, whether it’s those who have already locked up a playoff spot or those who are just playing out the string. Others still are in the playoffs but trying to sew up a first-round bye.

Taking that one-week breather can be nice.

For many managers though, the Week 14 edict is clear. Win and you’re in. Lose and you aren’t.

In other words, the playoffs have essentially already begun.

At most positions, I have long been a proponent of dancing with who brought you. Of riding the players who got you to the postseason instead of getting cute with matchup plays. But it can be trickier with defenses, Team defense is easily the most matchup-reliant position in fantasy football, and there are several streamers (or borderline streamers) with tantalizing opponents in Week 14.

This isn’t to say that you should absolutely dump the defense you have been riding all season long for one of the flavors of the week. I’m not going to presume to make that sort of call for you in such a big week. But I will say that the argument can be made that it’s not the worst idea ever if you’re considering it.

The only person who has to live with the calls you make is you. So, if there’s a matchup play that turns your gears, go for it.

And if you’re the type of fantasy manager who streams defenses, Christmas came early.

THE NO-DOUBTERS

Dallas Cowboys (at Washington Football Team)

The Dallas Cowboys have been piling up big plays defensively all season long, and last week’s win over the Saints was no exception—Dallas sacked Taysom Hill twice and picked him off four times, returning one for a touchdown….

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