Through the first three weeks of the season we have begun to get an idea of who the strong defenses are, but more important, which offenses should be targeted. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Baltimore Ravens – at Washington
- Los Angels Rams – vs. NY Giants
- Denver Broncos – at NY Jets
- Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
- New York Jets – vs. Denver
- San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
- Chicago Bears – vs. Indianapolis
- Seattle Seahawks – at Miami
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. LA Chargers
- Houston Texans – vs. Minnesota
- Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
- New Orleans Saints – at Detroit
- Carolina Panthers – vs. Arizona
- Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New England
- Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
- Target the Jets… I mean it should go without saying, we just want to make sure it’s a strategy you haven’t forgotten. This week it does bear repeating as New York is one of just a few teams that I would be willing to start the Denver defense against. Injuries are not the friend of the Broncos this season as they continue to lose their high profile, defensive studs. Against the Jets it doesn’t matter. Denver has one interception, one fumble recovery and four sacks over the first three weeks of the season while allowing 66 points, but we can throw that out the window. The Jets have allowed the most points to opposing fantasy defenses, and the Broncos will be this week’s beneficiaries as New York hasn’t shown any signs of turning things around offensively.
- Baltimore was embarrassed by the Chiefs on Monday as they allowed 34 points while generating just one turnover (a fumble recovery) while failing to sack Patrick Mahomes. While he know how strong the Kansas City offense is, it was still a let down after the Ravens allowed a combined 22 points in the first two weeks of the season while sacking the opposing quarterback six times. Facing Washington should be the perfect way for the Ravens to bounce back as their strength of getting to the quarterback and disrupting opposing offenses should be on full display against an inexperienced quarterback and offense.
- It’s hard to believe that heading into the waivers period on Tuesday night, the Rams were owned in just 28% of ESPN leagues. With Los Angeles facing the Giants on Sunday, that number will only continue to rise, as again it’s more about how bad the opponent is than anything else. However, the Rams have a pretty strong defense on their own with seven sacks and five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumble recoveries) despite the 35 points Buffalo scored on them last week. With 38 points combined for the entire season, the Rams should certainly have an easier time this week.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings: