by Ray Kuhn
If you are waiting for the quarterback play to improve, this is not your week. We have Phillip Rivers in the concussion protocol, Tom Savage still under center for the Texans, Blaine Gabbert taking snaps for Arizona and Nate Peterman making his debut in Buffalo. However, from the perspective of fantasy defenses all of that is good news. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:
- Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
- Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
- Arizona Cardinals – at Houston
- Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati
- Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
- New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
- Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
- Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
- Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Houston Texans – vs. Arizona
- Buffalo Bills – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee
- Los Angeles Rams – vs. Buffalo
- Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
- Minnesota Vikings – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Overall the Chargers have been nothing more than an average defense this season. LeSean McCoy is Buffalo’s biggest weapon, but in the last few weeks the running back has appeared to slow down. Entering this week the Bills have decided to make a quarterback change, and they are going with the untested Peterman. While he did show flashes in the preseason, it’s hard to trust a rookie quarterback making his first career start and that bodes well for Los Angeles. Tyrod Taylor is a running quarterback and has been the victim of the second most pressure in the NFL, so for Peterman things could be even worse. The Chargers have also been successful generating pressure on the quarterback all season, and in nine games they have 29 sacks. That, coupled with the fact that the Chargers haven’t allowed more than 20 points since Week 5, makes Los Angeles a top play this week.
- The Texans have allowed a lot of points so far this season while also dealing with a lot of injuries. At this point in the season Arizona has allowed the eighth most points to opposing defenses, and Houston is barely worth of a starting spot. It does say something for how they have performed in six of their nine games since their other three have resulted in negative efforts. With Gabbert possibly under center for Arizona, the Texans should find a situation they can easily take advantage of. Despite the high point totals they have allowed in some weeks, Houston has at least come up with 23 sacks.
- It’s time to give the New Orleans’ defense the respect they deserve. After years of building up a reputation of being a defense to target (with offensive players), the tables have turned (at least after the first few weeks of this season). A large part of that has been their rookie shutdown cornerback, Marcus Lattimore. Washington has struggled on offense this season, especially trying to find wide receivers, and things aren’t going to get any easier for Kirk Cousins and company. Over the last four weeks, the Saints have allowed just over 12 points a game and that should continue.
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