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2014 Week 8 Team Defense Projections
Updated: 10/23/14
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Choose a Scoring System:
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
The turnovers, the returns, and the special teams make the Eagles a weekly must start. 
Tier Break
They have been one of the top fantasy defenses this season. This week they should be able to limit the Jet's rushing game and force Smith into making a few mistakes in the passing game. 
Coming off a great effort against the Bears, they are a strong play this week against a Jaguars offense that is struggling. Streamers take note. 
Tier Break
The matchup this week doesn't look as good, facing an Eagle team coming off a bye, but the Cardinals are riding a high right now. The Cardinals, at home, will get their groove on too. 
A potential sneaky good play this week against a struggling Tampa offense but beware, this could turn ugly too for the Vikings as they just aren't that talented enough of a unit. 
Tier Break
The Cowboys make for a sneaky start this week as they could abuse Colt McCoy if he gets the start. The Cowboys will need to generate pressure up front to keep him from finding his talented receivers but if they can, they would have a field day against the Redskins. 
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Last week was the Rams defense many have been waiting for. Not many would have expected it against the defending champs. The near term schedule however, has them facing some good offenses and very unfriendly matchups and they are best left on your bench or on waivers. 
Consider the J.J. Watt-led Houston defense a good play against a struggling Tennessee Titans offense that gave up 2.5 sacks and committed 1.3 turnovers per game during the last month. In that same time frame, the Texans compiled 2.3 sacks and 2.0 takeaways per contest. THURSDAY UPDATE: Do you need another reason to start Houston? The Titans have benched Jake Locker and plan to start rookie sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger. 
This defense is simply nowhere near their 2013 form. They aren't getting to the quarterback, aren't forcing turnovers, and can't stop the pass. Cross country road games are always tough. Don't expect them to turn it around this week but they are still a good fantasy defense and you play them. 
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They have a chance as they will have plenty of time to prepare for this week's game. Not the best matchup with Forte visiting as they look lost with Mayo out of action and now Jones is expected to miss the next 4 weeks. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
Consider the Colts a solid starting option. Since Week 4, Indianapolis has allowed 14.5 points per game, logged 4.0 sacks per contest and compiled 2.0 takeaways per outing. 
Tier Break
These guys can get after the passer, a handful of sacks to go along with some turnovers can be expected this week, and almost every week. 
On the road within the division we are expecting a step back this week, but given the Bengals issues on offense they are still a must start. 
Consider Tennessee a weak starting option. From Week 4 through Week 7, the Titans allowed 25.8 points per game. They also averaged 2.5 sacks and 1.5 takeaways per outing. In the same time span, the Houston Texans scored 22.8 points per game. The Texans also surrendered 2.3 turnovers and 2.3 sacks per contest. 
The Patriots rarely turn the ball over, but at least a handful of sacks can be expected. 
Tier Break
16Chargers,San DiegoSDCDEN1111735910
Less effective for fantasy the past two weeks, although the front seven is above average and secondary much improved, thanks in part to Brandon Flowers. A must-sit as they travel to Denver on a short week. 
17Packers,Green BayGBPNOS1122639410
Up against the Saints in their home, nothing much to write home about from this fantasy unit. 
18Buccaneers,Tampa BayTBBMIN1112530110
As strange as it may sound, Tampa Bay looks like a low-end starting option. During the Buccaneers' last four games, they allowed 41.3 points per contest, compiled 1.5 sacks per outing and notched 2.5 takeaways per game. Here is the appeal of Tampa Bay this week: the Minnesota Vikings, during the month, scored 17.5 points per game, allowed a whopping 4.8 sacks per contest and committed 2.0 turnovers per outing. 
The disappointing Carolina defense looks like a weak play. During the last month, the Panthers allowed 34.3 points per game. They also averaged 1.8 sacks and 1.5 takeaways per contest. In the same time span, the Seattle offense scored 25.33 points per game. The Seahawks allowed just 2.0 sacks per outing and committed only one turnover. 
The Jaguars have shown a little improvement in the last few weeks, but this still isn't a unit that you can trust as a starting option. From Week 4 through Week 7, Jacksonville allowed 18 points per game, compiled 3.0 sacks per contest but just 1.0 takeaways per outing. In that same time span, the Miami Dolphins scored 26 points per game. The Dolphins also allowed just 1.67 sacks per contest and committed just 2.0 turnovers per outing. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
This is not a slam dunk start due to the issues in the front seven, but the improved secondary play offers the potential for big play turnovers. 
Tier Break
A middling fantasy defense through six games, Denver now faces a Philip Rivers led team which has yielded only 11 sacks and three turnovers. Of note: cornerback Chris Harris is having a sensational season. 
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They are at home this week and Orton is usually good for a pick but they have struggled with only three sacks and zero turnovers the past two games. 
Tier Break
The Atlanta defense is a weak play. Since Week 4, the Falcons allowed 31.8 points per game. They also notched one sack and 1.3 turnovers per outing. The Detroit Lions offense, during the last month, scored 19.8 points per game. The Lions allowed a surprising 4.3 sacks per outing and committed just one turnover per contest. 
This unit has been scorched three weeks in a row and now get the hot Ravens. Resting them until they prove otherwise is the right play. 
This unit is nowhere near what it once was and Andrew Luck is starting to play like the next great quarterback. They are not an option this week. 
Murray. Romo. Bryant. 1.2.3. Redskins are out. Especially with the latest and greatest season ending injury news on defense. 
Tier Break
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Despite hosting the Rams, who have been a top-three fantasy matchup, K.C. is not start-worthy in the majority of formats. Justin Houston is turning in a banner season but isn't able to overcome major deficiencies at other positions. In only two games has this defense generated any turnovers. 
Down here with New Orleans, as far as the least productive defenses for fantasy. 
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The Saints defense is a weak play. Since Week 4, New Orleans has allowed 31 points per game, notched just 1.67 sacks per contest and amassed only one takeaway per outing. During the last month, the Green Bay Packers have scored 36.3 points per game. They also gave up 2.0 sacks per contest and committed just one turnover. 
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