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.
Play of the Week:
Patriots (@ Den): This one could be a little more dangerous with the uncertainty of the Patriots defense this season but Denver has been that bad on offense. I don’t care who plays QB this week, I like the matchup.
Giants (@ SF): If Beathard is back under center this week then this is an advantageous matchup for the Giants defense.
Bears (v. GB): The Bears are only owned in about 8% of leagues and this one looks like it should be a layup. Brett Hundley has struggled and the Packers offense has become stagnant without Aaron Rodgers.
Revisiting Last Week:
49ers (v. ARI): The 49ers were good for only about 4 fantasy points this week. The bad news is they weren’t able to sack Stanton 1 time on Sunday. They gave up 20 points and had an interception and fumble recovery.
Titans (v. BAL): The Titans gave up 20 points and had 2 interceptions which were good for 6 fantasy points.
Raiders (@ MIA): The Raiders surrendered 24 points but had a sack and a fumble recovery for 3 fantasy points.
Pipe Dream: (Team we wish we picked up)
Jets (v. BUF): The Jets got to Tyrod Taylor 7 times and had 3 fumble recoveries on their way to scoring 13 fantasy points on the week, which was the best of the unowned teams.
We got to put our money where our mouth is, so here is how we have done so far this season!
- Week 1: Rams D vs. Colts= 27 points
- Week 2: Ravens D vs. Browns= 16 Points
- Week 3: Dolphins D vs. Jets= 4 Points
- Week 4: Lions D @ Min= 11 points
- Week 5: Bears D v. Min= 6 Points
- Week 6: Skins D v. SF= 5 Points
- Week 7: Cowboys D v. SF= 15 Points
- Week 8: Browns D v. Min= 4 Points
- Week 9: 49ers D v. Ari= 4 Points
- Total = 92 Points
Our 92 points total would make our “Chasing Defense” teams rank as the #3 defense in the league. We will look for that number to improve this week!