This is an easier week for selecting defenses. With four games, as of Wednesday night, sporting an over/under between 40 and 44 there are some obvious defenses to target. The highest over/under of the week is 50, Atlanta/Philadelphia and Dallas/Pittsburgh, so the majority of games are expected to be tight battles with some room for defensive points. With that in mind let’s take a look at how the defenses rank for this week:
Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles Rams – at New York Jets
Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
New England Patriots – vs. Seattle
Carolina Panthers – vs. Kansas City
Kansas City Chiefs – at Carolina
New York Jets – vs. Los Angeles
San Diego Chargers – vs. Miami
Denver Broncos – at New Orleans
Green Bay Packers – at Tennessee
Atlanta Falcons – at Philadelphia
Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
When there is turmoil at the quarterback position it means opportunity from a defensive perspective. Yes the Rams are traveling to the east coast and playing the early game on Sunday, but this is too good of a situation to pass on. Ryan Fitzpatrick is up to 13 interceptions on the season, after two more last week, and his knee is not 100%. If Fitzpatrick isn’t under center, then the Rams get to face Bryce Petty who has attempted two career passes. The Jets have allowed the most points to opposing defenses so far this season, and Los Angeles should be able to right the ship as they have been mediocre as of late.
Attacking the Jaguars is a pretty solid bet, but they also offer some fantasy value themselves. That comes this week as they challenge Brock Osweiler and his nine interceptions against nine touchdown passes. So far this season the Jaguars have just three interceptions, but that will likely change this week.
The focus is going to be on Minnesota, but we also shouldn’t avoid the Redskins’ defense in a game with an over/under of just 41.5 points. Minnesota’s offense isn’t exactly prolific, and Sam Bradford doesn’t strike fear in opposing defenses. However he doesn’t make too many mistakes, and the Redskins only have five interceptions so far this season. There isn’t too much potential here, but the Redskins also shouldn’t hurt you either as points will be at a premium. Plus, there is always the possibility that Bradford reverts back to his turnover-prone self.
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