Week 4 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s continue our Week 4 rankings by taking a look at the Top 15 Defenses for the week:

  1. Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. New York Jets
  3. Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina
  4. Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  5. Detroit Lions – at Dallas
  6. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Francisco
  7. New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
  8. New York Jets – at Baltimore
  9. Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
  11. Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
  12. New York Giants – at Arizona
  13. San Diego Chargers – vs. Miami
  14. Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
  15. Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee

Thoughts:

  • The Kansas City Chiefs are scoring a pathetic 9 points/game over the first three weeks.  Before you go and blame part of it on the loss of Jamaal Charles, they actually scored a season high 17 points in Week 3 without him.  While the Vikings are far from a stellar defense, you have to like the matchup this week.
  • At this point does it matter who the Ravens are playing?  They are currently allowing a league best 13.3 points/game to go along with 9 sacks, 5 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries.  Mark Sanchez has thrown at least 1 INT each week, and he hasn’t been facing a unit up to the level of the Ravens.  Throw in a good run defense vs. a Jets’ running game that hasn’t fully gotten on track and this should equate to a good showing for the Ravens this week.
  • Did the Jaguars give a good blueprint for shutting down Cam Newton and company in Week 3?  The struggles of DeAngelo Williams certainly doesn’t help matters.  The Bears could easily have a solid week in front of them.
  • If the Cowboys’ offense was operating as it could be, the Lions probably wouldn’t be listed quite as high this week (despite how impressive the unit has been).  However, with the injuries the Cowboys have, as well as the poor showing in Washington, the Lions should remain a strong choice this week.
  • Does anyone really think Jacksonville is going to light up the scoreboard against the Saints?  Forget about New Orleans’ struggles over the first few weeks, they are tied for fourth in the league with 10 sacks and could easily stymie a Jaguars offense averaging 9.7 points per game.  Consider them a solid play in all formats.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 4 information:

Week 4 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
Week 4 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

9 comments

  1. Triz says:

    Oh my gosh! Should I be replacing the Steelers?!

  2. RT says:

    RP – Would you start Falcons over the Jets D?

    Thanks!

  3. Triz – Who would you have to drop?

    RT – For this week, I would.

    • Triz says:

      I guess Holmes, Helu, McGahee or Jacoby Ford.

      Though ideally Gates will magically get healthy and they’ll announce is soon enough that I can drop Fred Davis, pick up the Falcons D and switch out the Steelers!

      Really though I am so likely to lose this week I don’t think it is worth doing something for the short term if you think it will be bad in the long run.

      Thanks!

      • The Steelers are definitely going to be the better option moving forward.

        Ford would probably be the most likely to go, since you already have Holmes as a replacement, Denarius Moore is emerging as the WR1 and the Raiders are a run first team. If you felt comfortable with losing him, I could see making that move.

        However, we all know how good the Steelers are, so would it surprise you if they exceeded expectations?

        • Triz says:

          Hm, guess I will stick with the Steelers then. Now 8 minutes to fret over whether I should be dropping Ford to pick up Kendall Hunter!

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