Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/8/11

I wanted to write this post before my weekly radio spot on Jock 98.7, which is coming up around 10:30 CT; but now, with the news about Albert Pujols taking his talents to Anaheim, I’m wondering if the fine folks of Springfield will be in any mood to talk fantasy football.

We’ll see. If they do though, I sure as hell better be prepared to give the some good nuggets. They’ll need something positive after their franchise icon bolted to the coast for the big bucks.

So here is my quick look ahead three defenses that may very well be on your waiver wire that you will want to own in Weeks 14, 15, and 16 of the fantasy football season.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have played decent defense this year – they are 12th in scoring defense in the NFL – and have a nice upcoming schedule, especially this week when they play the Rams in Seattle.

In Week 15 Seattle is at the Bears, who will still be without Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. In Week 16 Seattle gets San Francisco at home, and remember that the last time they played Seattle shut down SF’s offense pretty good; Ted Ginn’s two return TDs were the difference.

If you have any defensive questions, grab the Seahawks. With matchups like these, they might just be the difference in you winning your league or not.

Arizona Cardinals

Another NFC West team? Yes, another NFC West team.

The Cardinals face San Francisco this week, then get the Browns in Week 15 before traveling to Cincinnati in Week 16. I don’t love the Cincy matchup, and the Cardinals did get torched by San Francisco last week, but Arizona has been improving and none of those offenses is particularly explosive.

Plus, there is the constant threat of Patrick Peterson, who has already set the franchise record for career return touchdowns…in 12 games! That helps add a little more potential reward for the risk of rolling the Cardinals out there.

Tennessee Titans

I was surprised to learn that Tennessee is 6th in the league in scoring defense this year. Did you know that?

Their matchup this week obviously isn’t ideal, though at least they face New Orleans at home as opposed to the Superdome, but their matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 are outstanding: at Indianapolis and home against Jacksonville.

Grab Tennessee now, sit them this week, and then enjoy your D/ST facing Dan Orlovsky and Blaine Gabbert in the playoffs. Woo-hooo!


If you have questions about your current D/ST unit, ask below. Otherwise, head now to our Week 14 start/sit column or the Week 14 waiver wire pickups to further prepare yourself for fantasy football domination.

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