It’s the first week of NFL football and chances are you took a soft pass on your defense (and kicker). So now it is time to pick up a defense and here are some options.
Seattle Seahawks (vs Cincinnati Bengals)
The Legion of Boom is no longer a thing. Let’s face facts that the secondary is the weakest link of this defense. The Legion of Boom is now a bust with Pro Football Focus ranking them the second worst secondary in the NFL. That’s the bad.
Now for some good:
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They still have Bobby Wagner on the defensive line. Yes, they lost Frank Clark, a net loss of 13 sacks and one interception in 2018. Yet they gained Jadeveon Clowney who amassed nine sacks last season. Did I mention they have Pro Football Focus’ third best player in Wagner?
Now they have the Cincinnati Bengals limping into Seattle. The Bengals are with a new head coach and without wide receiver AJ Green. Their offensive line is ranked anywhere between 27th and 31st depending on who you trust. Therein lies your fantasy glory. Look for the edge to rush and hit quarterback Andy Dalton…a lot.
The over/under for this game is 43.5.
Dallas Cowboys (vs New York Giants)
We can make this really simple. Eli Manning is still the quarterback of the Giants. They no longer have the services of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Also, Golden Tate is suspended. With the exception of Saquon Barkley, and maybe Evan Engram, there is little more to offer optimism on the offensive side of the ball.
Then there is the Cowboys defense. Cornerback Byron Jones ended 2018 with a Pro Football Focus grade of 83.1, while being named “one of the NFLs best cornerbacks”.
The dynamic duo of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith have been described as:
“The most talented pair at the position as their 84.4 and 84.9 respective grades ranked sixth and fifth among all NFL linebackers last year.”Pro Football Focus’ Connor Price’s
Did I mention Manning, Eli, is still the quarterback.
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The over/under for this game is 46.5.
Indianapolis Colts (vs Los Angeles Chargers)
Yes, the Chargers offense is formidable. However, they are missing left tackle Russell Okung and will be without the services of star running back Melvin Gordon.
The Colts run defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher last season, and that was without the services of defensive end Justin Houston, whom they acquired this off-season. Pro Football Focus ranks their run defense 17th in the league. Yet teams are going to make their points in the passing game.
We know that quarterback Philip Rivers isn’t shy about putting the ball in the air. The Colts secondary is a bend-don’t-break kind of unit. Expect lots of bending.
The over/under for this game is 48.5. This is the highest over/under of all suggested defenses.
Check how your defenses score in your fantasy league and adjust accordingly.
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