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2014 Week 16 Team Defense Projections
Updated: 12/21/14
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Choose a Scoring System:
Defense
TD = 6
Int = 2
Fum = 2
Sack = 1
0 Pts = 5.0
1-6 Pts = 4.0
7-13 Pts = 4.0
14-17 Pts = 3.0
18-20 Pts = 3.0
21-27 Pts = 2.0
28-34 Pts = 1.0
0-99 Yds = 5.0
100-199 Yds = 4.0
200-299 Yds = 4.0
300-349 Yds = 3.0
350-399 Yds = 2.0
400-449 Yds = 1.0
450-499 Yds = 1.0
Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | PK | Defense | All by Fantasy Points
Other Formats: XML | High-Precision
Stats are rounded for easier reading. Check out the High-Precision version for more detailed projections.
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
Allow
Yds
Allow
Fantasy
Points
1Lions,DetroitDETCHI3161022422
The division title is within their sight, and a pathetic Bears offense standing in their way, this unit will have an explosive fantasy week. Expect the sacks and turnovers to be plentiful. 
Tier Break
2Bills,BuffaloBUFOAK2141324718
A great match up on the road this week at Oakland. They will force Carr into making mistakes. 
3Eagles,PhiladelphiaPHIWAS1241926017
Mouth watering opposition here. Griffin will do his best to be sacked on broken plays and throw opportune interceptions at ease. Great play as the Eagles could mirror how the Cowboys bounced back after their embarrassing loss with playoff hopes on the line. Washington's offensive line is light years away from Dallas'. 
Tier Break
4Jaguars,JacksonvilleJACTEN1231724316
If you're desperate for a streaming option, Jacksonville is actually a solid play for Thursday night against a struggling, mistake-prone Tennessee Titans offense that likely will have Charlie Whitehurst starting under center. During the last month, the Jaguars allowed 23.5 points per game. They also racked up 2.5 sacks and 1.8 takeaways per contest. In the same time span, the Titans scored just 12.5 points per game. In addition, they allowed 4.3 sacks per outing and committed 2.8 turnovers per contest. 
5Panthers,CarolinaCARCLE2121323116
Carolina is a solid starting option at home against a Cleveland Browns offense led by struggling rookie Johnny Manziel. During the last four weeks, the Panthers allowed an average of 19.33 points. They also racked up 2.67 sacks and 1.67 takeaways per contest. Don't expect Manziel to play as poorly as he did last week, but 'Johnny Football' isn't going to light it up, either. Since Week 12, the Browns have scored 12 points per game. They also allowed 1.8 sacks per contest and committed 2.5 turnovers per outing. 
6Rams,St. LouisSTLNYG1141228716
They are still playing well and being at home is a big help. Eli has 17 turnovers so far this season and has been sacked 27 times. Start with confidence. 
Tier Break
7Seahawks,SeattleSEAARI1121223514
Is there a hotter defense in football? This is why they were the number one drafted defense on draft night. The 'Legion of Boom' is licking their chops for this one. 
8Vikings,MinnesotaMINMIA1131933713
After a week where they did not produce many points against the Lions, they are a middle of the road option against the Dolphins. 
9Broncos,DenverDENCIN1122028713
Maybe not a marquee matchup, traveling to Cincinnati. This defense isn't allowing many points to the opposition, however, and forces its share of turnovers. 
Tier Break
10Ravens,BaltimoreBALHOU1142135012
This was a good matchup this time last week. Two quarterbacks later, Ravens DEF/ST owners are (correctly) foaming at the mouth. Ngata or no Ngata, start them. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
Allow
Yds
Allow
Fantasy
Points
11Packers,Green BayGBPTBB1021928211
The Tampa Bay offense is not good, expect a spike in sacks and turnovers this week as this unit will be a sneaky good play. 
12Browns,ClevelandCLECAR1122132511
We liked this matchup this time last week, but it's real hard to justify starting a DEF/ST when the offense is inept like the Browns offense was last week. With so many great matchups this week we can't recommend rolling this dice. 
13Steelers,PittsburghPITKCC1122334311
The Chiefs will come into this game with a very conservative game plan, minimizing big play opportunities for this unit. There are a lot of strong options this week, we recommend looking elsewhere. 
Tier Break
1449ers,San FranciscoSFOSDC1021930410
They had something to play for last week. Now that they don't, it's a tough call to keep them active. Look for a better matchup if possible. 
15Cardinals,ArizonaARISEA1031637210
The offense may struggle mightily but the defense is playing spectacular. If the Cardinals are to win this game it will be because the defense has caused turnovers and affected field position. 
16Cowboys,DallasDALIND1122536810
When you're playing Andrew Luck, you take a hit in our rankings. 
17Chargers,San DiegoSDCSFO0111725010
Have certainly had their ups and downs but if you think about it, facing Baltimore, New England and Denver in succession will take its toll on any defense. The cure? Why, that would be Kaepernick & the bruised and battered 49ers ground game. 
18Colts,IndianapolisINDDAL1122439010
Indianapolis has been a nice streaming option all season, but, even if DeMarco Murray (hand surgery) is sidelined, you should park this unit on your bench. The productive and efficient Dallas Cowboys offense hasn't coughed up many fantasy points lately. During the last month, the Colts surrendered 16 points per game. They also notched 3.0 sacks and 1.8 takeaways per contest. In the same time span, Dallas scored 30 points per game. In addition, the Cowboys allowed only 2.5 sacks per contest and committed 1.3 turnovers per outing. 
Tier Break
19Patriots,New EnglandNEPNYJ102173569
New England's defense is still giving up too many yards but they have been playing better over the past two weeks. Expect more turnovers this week against the Jets 25th ranked offense. 
20Texans,HoustonHOUBAL112234279
Lower your expectations for Houston against a productive Baltimore Ravens offense that has been playing some very efficient football. During the last month, the Texans allowed 18.3 points per game. They also notched 2.3 sacks and 2.0 takeaways per contest. In the same time frame, the Ravens scored at a decent clip (27.3 points per game), and they allowed just two sacks and committed only three turnovers. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
Allow
Yds
Allow
Fantasy
Points
21Giants,New YorkNYGSTL013253849
St. Louis has done a good job at limiting mistakes on offense for the most part, save for a Tre Mason mind slip or two. The Giants are at the Jay Cutler breaking point of 'I don't know what's wrong'. 
22Titans,TennesseeTENJAC102243079
Despite the favorable matchup against a struggling and mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars offense, the Titans defense should not be trusted as a starting option. It's very doubtful that Tennessee can play well enough to exploit this plus matchup. During the last four weeks, the Titans allowed 35 points per contest. They also averaged just 1.3 sacks and only 1.0 turnover per outing. In the same time frame, the Jaguars scored 10.3 points per game. They also yielded a whopping 5.8 sacks per contest and committed 1.0 turnover per outing. 
Tier Break
23Dolphins,MiamiMIAMIN102223638
Even with the injuries they will have an easier match up at home against the Vikings this week but will still struggle. They imploded in the second half against New England last week. 
24Bengals,CincinnatiCINDEN101213567
Against even an 80% Peyton Manning we are not considering this unit. 
25Raiders,OaklandOAKBUF002273257
Aside from the exploitation of visiting San Francisco, this crew has consistently earned the title of worst fantasy defense. 
26Redskins,WashingtonWASPHI012293767
Ummmm... No. 
27Chiefs,Kansas CityKCCPIT012224187
Highlighted by the pass rushing prowess characteristic of this defense, the Chiefs fared well at home against Oakland. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell are wreaking havoc on most of the league though, meaning this would not be an ideal week to stream this defense. 
Tier Break
28Saints,New OrleansNOSATL102324866
Consider the New Orleans defense a weak play against an Atlanta Falcons offense that has improved its offensive line play and cleaned up its mistakes in recent weeks. From Week 12 through Week 15, the Saints surrendered 30.5 points per game. They also averaged 2.3 sacks and 1.5 takeaways per contest. During the same time frame, the Falcons offense scored 27.5 points per game. Atlanta also yielded just 1.3 sacks and committed only 1.3 turnovers per contest. 
29Falcons,AtlantaATLNOS101294715
The Atlanta defense is a weak play against a productive New Orleans Saints offense. During the last month, the Falcons allowed 28.5 points per game. They also averaged just 0.8 sacks and 0.8 takeaways per contest. In the same time period, the Saints offense scored 25.8 points per contest, allowed 2.3 sacks per outing and committed 1.0 turnover per game. 
30Bears,ChicagoCHIDET012364395
Aside of a couple of sacks here and there, this unit does not have a lot going for it right now. The Lions offense will have its way this week putting up big yardage numbers and lots of points. 
Tier Break
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
Allow
Yds
Allow
Fantasy
Points
31Buccaneers,Tampa BayTBBGBP002294564
Forget about the bad showing by the Green Bay Packers offense last week against the Buffalo Bills defense. The Buccaneers are nowhere near as good as the Bills are. The Gerald McCoy-less Tampa Bay defense is a weak play against a Green Bay offense that is usually prolific and very efficient. During the last month, the Buccaneers allowed 22 points per game. They also notched 3.0 sacks and 1.5 takeaways per outing. In the same time period, the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers offense racked up 26.5 points per game. Green Bay also allowed only 1.5 sacks per contest and turned the ball over just twice. The two turnovers were Rodgers' two interceptions against the Bills last week. 
32Jets,New YorkNYJNEP001324493
Not a recommended play with New England visiting this week as they gave up over 340-yards last week to the Titans and managed just one sack and one fumble recovery. 
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