by Ray Kuhn
Each week, even if I don’t set out to stream my defense, it is always something I consider. If not, you might be leaving potential points on the table. However at the same time, you don’t want to make a move just for the sake of making a move. This is also the part of the year when you should begin to look ahead a few weeks. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:
- Los Angeles Rams – vs. Houston
- Pittsburgh Steelers – at Indianapolis
- Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
- Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
- Carolina Panthers – vs. Miami
- Detroit Lions – vs. Cleveland
- Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. LA Chargers
- Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
- New England Patriots – at Denver
- Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
- Miami Dolphins – at Carolina
- Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
- New Orleans Saints – at Buffalo
- New York Jets – at Tampa Bay
- New York Giants – at San Francisco
- Talk about low hanging fruit, but we can’t miss the chance to go after Tom Savage. The fact that the Texans signed Josh Johnson this week isn’t going to put fear in opposing defenses, and this is going to be a situation to target each week. Even while factoring the success that Deshaun Watson had prior to his injury, the Texans are allowing the eighth most points to opposing defenses, and it only figures to get worse. As of Wednesday night, the Rams have seen quite the surge in ownership in ESPN leagues (and 18.3% increase), but they are still available in 23% of leagues. The Rams only have one game this season without an interception, but they have three games with two. Los Angeles should build both on that and also on their 25 sacks this week, which makes them a top option. Allowing 39 points to the 49ers in Week 3 is well behind the Rams.
- Things are not going according to plan at all in Green Bay. Being without Aaron Rodgers isn’t the Packers’ only problem, as their defense has struggled to provide much in the way of fantasy value. However, there is nothing like a match-up with their division rivals (Chicago) this week to set them straight. However, it is clear that the offense being without Rodgers has impacted the defense as they have given up 79 points in the last three weeks. The good news, is that the Packers have yet to drift into negative territory, and entering last week, they had six interceptions in their last four games. With the Bears allowing the fifth most points to opposing defenses, there could be some value this week.
- It may be a little surprising, but so far this season the Patriots are the third worst fantasy defense. This week though, facing the Broncos should give them a chance to improve that ranking. Denver hasn’t been able to find much in the way of either a passing game or a running game, and I wouldn’t expect to see that improve this week. New England hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in the last three weeks and in that span, they also have three interceptions and six sacks. It shouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots turn things around, things will continue to get better against Denver.
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