Jets and Panthers Are Strong Plays for Week 6
I keep getting quite a few questions about what to do with your team defense when they go on bye. Unless you have a lockdown defense (Seattle/Denver) you should usually release that team defense to pick up another when the bye comes up. Now, is this a clear-cut rule? No, you could have a dead spot on your roster and afford to roster two team defenses for a week. Your waiver wire may be barren when it comes to team defenses; perhaps quite a few owners are rostering two for some reason, but for the most part I’m rarely worried about dropping my team defense when they go on bye. What’s the worst that can happen? I lose my original team defense and forced to stream each week until I find someone I like? I’m okay with this and do it in quite a few leagues.
- Indianapolis Colts: Does anyone really think that the Colts are going to be able to stop the Patriots from imposing their will on Sunday night? Make no mistake about it, this is a revenge game for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Indy was the organization that accused them of deflating footballs and NE is about to make them pay. Brady and company were accused of deflating 13 footballs, so look for them to try to score 13 touchdowns. There will be no let up from NE in the game, even if/when the score gets out of hand.
- New Orleans Saints: I might’ve placed the Saints defense first on this list if the Falcons had a healthy Julio Jones, but they don’t. Still, the Falcons shouldn’t have much problem moving the ball against this Rob Ryan defense. We saw the Eagles run offense (which had been stagnant for most of the season) run all over New Orleans last week. What will Devonta Freeman do this week?
[caption id="attachment_99420" align="alignright" width="374"] The Jets Defense should dominate the Redskins in Week 6. Photo Credit: Kowarski[/caption]
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Coming off a big Monday night road win over the Chargers, the defense will be tested again by the Cardinals’ passing game. The Steelers held up well versus San Diego, but the Cardinals just may have too much talent in their passing game for them do so again.
- San Diego Chargers: Any team traveling to Green Bay does not have an enviable task. The Chargers do have one thing in their favor. Aaron Rodgers admitted last week that the passing offense hasn’t been hitting on all cylinders. Still, I don’t want to bet that the Chargers can hold Rodgers in check like they did Mike Vick.
- Chicago Bears: I actually thought about moving the Bears even further down this list, as the Lions have all sorts of problems on offense. This tells you, though, how much I don’t trust the Bears.
- Atlanta Falcons: This defense really isn’t loaded with talent but they do play hard for rookie head coach Dan Quinn. Still, they can be beat with the run and Mark Ingram should have a big game tonight. Whether or not Drew Brees can take advantage of the passing game is another question.
- Washington Redskins: The Skins are usually very good against the run (although Freeman tore them up last week) and weak versus the pass. This may not be the week they want to play the Jets. The Jets are coming off a bye and will now have a completely healthy Eric Decker to complement Brandon Marshall.
- Tennessee Titans: I’m not sure what to make of the Dolphins coming off the coaching change and a bye week, but I have a gut feeling that it won’t be good for the Titans.
- Detroit Lions: Say what you want about Jay Cutler, he manages to put up solid Fantasy numbers most weeks and the Lions are a complete mess.
- Cleveland Browns: The Browns don’t possess a great defense but can the Broncos take advantage of it? Peyton Manning is obviously having arm strength problems and that running game – blah! Can the Browns get to Manning and force him to rush his throws?
- Houston Texans: What has happened to this defense? Like Miami, a possible Top 10 defense at the season’s start is now close to unusable, especially against a Jacksonville team that just now may be feeling their oats, as they have all the pieces in place at the skill positions to score early and often.
- Baltimore Ravens: They just can’t stop anyone since Terrell Suggs went out for the year. I can’t even trust them against the 49ers’ offense.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Can they slow down Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins, because that is all Houston has. How long until Ryan Mallett comes back in at quarterback?
- New York Giants: The Giants have been really good against the run for the entire season, yet Carlos Hyde was able to do some damage against them last week. Was this a mirage or are we starting to see some cracks in the foundation? The loss of CB Prince Amukamara for the next 2-4 weeks due to a pectoral tear isn’t going to help what was already a questionable pass defense either.
- Philadelphia Eagles: I would bump up the birds a few spots if Odell Beckham (hamstring) is forced to miss the game. The Giants could be seriously shorthanded at WR, as we know Victor Cruz (calf) is out and Reuben Randle is questionable at best with a hamstring injury of his own.
- San Francisco 49ers: Do the Ravens have anyone left on offense to scare opposing defenses? Well, Steve Smith could be back to help Joe Flacco, but Justin Forsett could be out with an ankle sprain. Win some, lose some.
- Kansas City Chiefs:
- Minnesota Vikings: How will the Chiefs do without Jamaal Charles? Everyone has gone crazy it seems this week in bidding on Charcandrick West in FAAB. We should find out pretty quickly if he is worth the price.
- Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are coming off firing their head coach and their bye week. This defense looked unstoppable in preseason but then laid an egg when the games counted. One has to believe that everyone plays better for their first game under a new head coach, especially playing against a rookie QB with few weapons around him.
- Buffalo Bills: Cracks are starting to show in this defense, as the offense is having trouble with injuries at every skill position.
- New England Patriots: This unit may not have to worry about Andrew Luck, at least not for a full four quarters if this game is a blowout in the second half.
- Green Bay Packers: Sure, they gave up a ton of yardage to Todd Gurley last week, but when you factor in the turnovers by the offense, they did a pretty good job of keeping the Rams out of the end zone more than once.
- Arizona Cardinals: This unit would be a couple of slots lower if Ben Roethlisberger was playing. They will struggle some versus LeVeon Bell, like everyone else, but Mike Vick sure doesn’t scare them.
- Cincinnati Bengals:
- Seattle Seahawks: Carolina may be coming off a bye week but they will still struggle to score versus Seattle.
- Carolina Panthers: Yes, Marshawn Lynch should be back, but that Seattle offensive line is terrible and Carolina is sure to exploit it. This game has all the makings of whichever team reaches 17 points first, wins.
- New York Jets: The Redskins are unlikely to find any running room against the Jets’ defensive front, and although Kirk Cousins isn’t a terrible QB, he is a turnover machine.
- Denver Broncos: DeMarcus Ware will miss this game in order to give his back almost three weeks to heal. No worries, as they will still shut down the Browns’ revived passing game.
As always feel free to follow me on Twitter and ask any questions you, @georgekurtz.
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