by Chris Foster
This is a weekly column that looks at the best defenses to chase throughout each week of the season. The goal is to give you a few defenses that should be available in your league that will give you an advantage at the defensive position each week.
Dolphins (v. Jets): The Dolphins get a matchup with a reeling Jets team. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been sporadic at best over the last few weeks and was even relegated to the bench before the Geno Smith injury. The Dolphins defense has been good at home and I think this is a very favorable matchup for them. They are available in 95.6% of leagues.
Lions (@Vikings): The Vikings offensive line is in shambles. They have given up 11 sacks in the last 2 games. They also have struggled to run the ball with any consistency which means the Vikings are relying on Sam Bradford to carry them. No offense to Bradford, but if I am choosing between him or an opposing defense that knows he is going to throw, I am taking the defense!
Revisiting Last Week:
Cowboys (vs. Eagles): The Cowboys defense had a pretty good night, and finished as the 7th best defense of the weekend. They also were able to score about 7 defensive points in most standard leagues after giving up 23 points to the Carson Wentz led Eagles. Wentz looked good and took care of the ball, but the Cowboys were able to sack him 3 times and grab 1 fumble recovery.
Jets (@ CLE): The Jets may be falling apart. They have up 28 points to the Browns and only had 1 sack. They did manage to intercept Josh McCowin 2 times, but he still managed to throw for 341 yards. I hope you were able to get the Cowboys defense.
Pipe Dream: (Team we wish we picked up)
Chargers (@ DEN):The Chargers against the Broncos. The Chargers have up 27 points, but they were able to grab an interception and 2 fumble recoveries from Trevor Siemian and the Broncos. They were also able to get to Siemian once for a sack. If you total it all up, they were able to manage about 13 fantasy points in a standard scoring league.
We got to put our money where our mouth is, so here is how we have done so far this season!
- Week 1: 49ers D vs. Rams = 14 points
- Week 2: Ravens D vs. Browns = 10 points
- Week 3: Dolphins D vs. Browns= 3 points
- Week 4: Titans D vs. Texans= 5 points
- Week 5: Dolphins D vs. Titans= 7 points
- Week 6: Lions D vs. Rams= 2 points
- Week 7: Dolphins D vs. Bills= 6 points
- Week 8: Cowboys D vs. Eagles= 7 points
- Week 9: Dolphins D vs. Jets=
Total = 54 Points
Our 54 points total would make our “Chasing Defense” teams rank as the 9th best defense in the league. We will look for that number to improve this week!
As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us @No_HuddleFFB on twitter!