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According to the Data: How to Stream Defenses

Keith Platte

Keith Platte

Keith Platte writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


I recently posted an article about defense and kickers and received a comment (thanks Gr8daddyg) that gave me an idea. What if you rotated your defenses every week simply by match-up?

Meaning you seek out the weakest offenses and start whichever defense is playing that offense. If you are thinking about this, I will try to lay out what data to look at and the type of system one could use to assess the match-ups. Keep in mind, this approach might entail dropping and adding a defense on a weekly basis.


For this approach, I suggest looking at three measures of an offense to determine if they're a good match-up for a defense: points per game, sacks allowed and turnovers (TO). Below is a table from the 2013 season with the bottom half of the league in those three measures.

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