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Best available D/STs on Week 13 waiver wire

Week 13 is here! Be sure to check out our waiver wire D/STs to guide you forward to the fantasy playoffs.

New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12, much like the autumn leaves, has drifted to the sidewalk where we have crushed it into a fine pulp on our way to Week 13. Below you will find some defense/special teams pickups to help you on your way to the fantasy football playoffs.

The bye weeks are over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your team and keep other teams from improving. We’ll take a look at players who are available in the majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues.

New York Jets (25.6 percent) @Bengals

The Jets run defense should be able to handle a somewhat resurgent Joe Mixon, and Ryan Finley’s lack of ability will keep him from taking full advantage of the Jets pass defensive woes. They only negative is that they are on the road, but they are favorites and have looked much better of late.

Philadelphia Eagles (36.4 percent) @Dolphins

The Dolphins rank second in allowing fantasy points to D/STs. They don’t give up huge numbers, but they also haven’t dipped below, allowing five fantasy points in a game all season. The Eagles D/ST has been all over the place but did just put up 11 fantasy points on a good Seattle offense. They make for a safe play, even on the road this week.

Detroit Lions (18.4 percent) vs. Bears

Mitch Trubisky isn’t getting any better. He’s going in the opposite direction of better. The Lions have a weak all-around defense but will be at home on Thanksgiving day in front of a national audience. Their D/ST put up seven fantasy points in Chicago, sacking Trubisky five times in their Week 10 meeting as well.

Carolina Panthers (39.3 percent) vs. Washington

Washington has given up a steady diet of fantasy points to D/STs while the Panthers’ defense has hit the skids of late. Carolina has also taken on some good offenses lately, and Washington isn’t one of those. Getting the rookie Dwayne Haskins on the road is a good spot for this defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2.7 percent) @Jaguars

Nick Foles hasn’t been the savior to take the Jaguars to the playoffs, but he also hasn’t given up big D/ST points through turnovers. Tampa Bay is coming off a big game in Atlanta, where they sacked Matt Ryan six times, got a fumble recovery, interception and touchdown. That hasn’t been Tampa Bay’s norm, but their run defense continues to be one of the best in the league, and they’ve shown upside when not taking on the better teams in the NFL.