The Cleveland Browns get to try and continue a fantasy football streak in week seven against the Jacksonville Jaguars – scoring double digit fantasy points. The Tennessee Titans managed to keep the streak alive, scoring 13 fantasy points in Yahoo! standard scoring (six sacks, one blocked kick and one fumble recovery, giving up 14 points) even though Blake Bortles orchestrated a solid opening drive to the game. The Baltimore Ravens had five sacks and one interception, giving up 17 points, for a solid eight fantasy points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though that game was over after the 1st quarter so the defense didn’t have to play full out. San Diego didn’t have a great game, with just one interception and giving up 28 points to the Oakland Raiders, for one measly point. I am still targeting Oakland this week with my picks, but they are a team to watch going forward as Derek Carr gets more experience in the NFL.
Cleveland Browns (available in 86% of Yahoo! leagues)
As I mentioned before, the Jaguars have given up double digit fantasy points to every defense they have played so far in 2014. The Cleveland Browns defense is actually playing solid football and they shutdown a much stronger offense in Pittsburgh last week. I think that the streak will continue and as I said last week, I’m going with the team facing Jacksonville until it burns me. The Cleveland Browns gave up just 10 points to the Steelers last week, while intercepting one pass and registering a pair of sacks. I know that the Jaguars offense is not as good as the Steelers offense, so expect the Cleveland Browns defense to have a strong outing and put up a nice score for you this week. They’re widely available so make sure to grab them off the waiver wire if you can.
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Baltimore Ravens (available in 56% of Yahoo! leagues)
This one could be a gamble, as Baltimore faces the Atlanta Falcons this week. Yes the offense is explosive and their defense is bad, but the offense is not quite as good when they are outside of their home dome. They are averaging just under 20 points per game on the road, however Matt Ryan has thrown at least one interception in every road game this year. They haven’t given up a lot of sacks so far this year on the road, but Baltimore is not an easy place to play and Matt Ryan turns the ball over while on the road. Atlanta has some injuries on the offensive line as well, so this could be a game where Matt Ryan takes more than just one or two sacks. Consider the Baltimore Ravens a boom or bust defensive streamer in week seven.
Buffalo Bills (available in 32% of Yahoo! leagues)
Yes I know, they were just blown out by the New England Patriots. That game was in New England, where Tom Brady as we know performs much better. They get to come home and play their first game under new ownership, against a team in Minnesota that just got smacked around by the strong Detroit defense. Before the New England game, Buffalo had given up just 85 points in five games. We know that the Vikings offense is not the New England offense, so I would start Buffalo with confidence, as they are tied for 2nd in the league in sacks with 19, tied for 11th in interceptions with six and rank 11th in points allowed for fantasy purposes with 112. Last thing – Minnesota ranks as the 27th overall offense in terms of yards per game (30th in pass yards and 13th in rush yards).