Infidel wrote:4. They are not a difference maker for your team like a breakout RB or WR can be. They score 6 for TD's plus yardage. If you draft a guy like CMart in '04 or S Smith in "05 in the middle RD's, he can take you to a SB. That simply is not a option for a D.
Well, I agree that you shouldn't waste early picks on D's, but I do think that D's can be "difference makers." D's can win you a week just as well as a RB or WR can. Look at the huge weeks random D's have against crappy teams. They can score upwards of 20+ points for your team which is equivalent to a RB getting 100 yards and 2 TD's!!! .
If you do things right, you should be able to score more than the top defense does just by playing matchups. If nothing else, you're making your scoring much more consistent from week to week which is KEY in H2H. Like I always say, winning by 1 point is just as good as winning by 30 points. The problem with a top D is that one week they'll get you 25 points, and the next week they may play a tough team and get you 3.
That's why I love playing matchup defenses using Plindsey's formula. More often than not my defenses score over 10 points which helps me reach my goal of at least 90 points each game. Drafting two D's with good matchups throughout the year is another great way to maximize your scoring.