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Fantasy Football Team Defense Week 5 Projections

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TD = 6
Int = 2
Fum = 2
Sack = 1
0 Pts = 5
1-6 Pts = 4
7-13 Pts = 4
14-17 Pts = 3
18-20 Pts = 3
21-27 Pts = 2
28-34 Pts = 1
0-99 Yds = 5
100-199 Yds = 4
200-299 Yds = 4
300-349 Yds = 3
350-399 Yds = 2
400-449 Yds = 1
450-499 Yds = 1
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Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts Allow Yds Allow Fantasy
 These guys have registered a baker's dozen in the sack column, and we expect them to get after the quarterback once again this week. A handful of sacks with a couple turnovers sprinkled in, these guys are a good option this week against the Rams. 
Tier 2
 Buffalo will look to limit the Titans running game which will make Mariota go to the air where they should be able to capitalize on a few interceptions. 
Tier 3
 Given the state of the Chargers offensive line there is potential for big plays in this one, but we expect the Chargers to put up points as the Steelers defense just has too many holes for Philip Rivers not to exploit. 
Tier 4
 These guys have been head & shoulders above their counterparts on other NFL teams, with outstanding pass rush and coverage. Fire 'em up against their division rival. 
 Consider the Bucs a fringe starting option. The Tampa Bay defense ranks ninth (tie) in sacks (9.0) but just 14th in takeaways (6.0) and a disappointing 30th in points allowed (29.2 per game). The Buccaneers should have some success against a Jacksonville Jaguars offense that ranks just 31st in scoring (12.0 points per game). The shaky Jaguars offensive line also has allowed 2.0 sacks per contest. 
 This unit really rose to the occasion last week, getting pressure on Wilson and keeping the Seahawks off the scoreboard for much of the night. They will have to carry the team once again, and playing at home expect an inspired effort that yields some sacks and a couple of turnovers. 
 The scrappy Falcons rank only 15th (tie) in points allowed (23.2 per game) and 28th in sacks (5.0) but a respectable eighth in takeaways (8.0). Playing at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta should rack up plenty of fantasy points against a turnover-prone Kirk Cousins-led Washington offense. Cousins has averaged one pick per game and has been sacked 1.3 times per game. Overall, Washington has committed seven turnovers on the season. By the way, Cousins likely will be without Jordan Reed (concussion, ankle, knee), and the playing status of DeSean Jackson (hamstring) was iffy at last check. 
 More was expected from them last week. They have a good match up this week on the road against the Lion's struggling offense. 
 The Browns offense has been somewhat functional this season, so this may not be a great matchup but looking over the schedule this week there really aren't any great ones either. Hope for a big play in the 4th quarter as the Browns try to play catch-up. 
 The Eagles defense has actually been playing well to their credit. They face another struggling team with a quarterback who is playing less than 100% healthy. Save for that 80 yard pass to CJ Spiller last week and the Saints' numbers would have been below average. Expect Philly to dial up blitzes and attack Drew Brees. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts Allow Yds Allow Fantasy
 The Giants against Kaepernick. That's enough to earn a top ten nod. Kaepernick has been dreadfully bad as he seems to be chasing a record for most sacks in a season. Expect the Giants to pile up the sacks and knock at least one loose for a big play. 
Tier 5
 They will look to get back on track against the Bengals this week as last week they had no sacks or turnovers. 
 This unit has been awful the last two weeks, allowing close to 450 yards per contest and a ton of points. Back at home this week, the Chiefs are much more likely to get after the quarterback and force turnovers. 
 The Jacksonville defense could surprise in this matchup against a struggling turnover-prone Jameis Winston-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, but there's always risk with all things Jaguars. This unit allows a lot of points (26.8 per game) and doesn't force many turnovers (3.0), but Jacksonville is good at sacking quarterbacks (9.0 sacks. ninth (tie) in the NFL). The Bucs offense has scored just 18 points per game. The Buccaneers also have allowed 2.3 sacks per contest and committed 2.5 turnovers per outing. 
 This is a tough spot for the Seahawks as they are traveling cross country on a short week. We're not in love with the Bengals this week, but we won't fault someone for taking a shot. 
Tier 6
 With six sacks in the last two games, this unit is started to get after the quarterback. An efficient offense is also a help, look for a handful of sacks and a couple turnovers this week in Kansas City. 
 There will be too much Ryan, Jones, and Freeman in this game to even consider a silly risk with Washington this week. 
 Perhaps there's some fantasy upside for this struggling unit if Andrew Luck (shoulder) sits and Matt Hasselbeck starts, but do you really want to chance it? On the season, the Texans rank 26th (tie) in points allowed (27.0 per game), 23rd (tie) in sacks (6.0) and dead last in takeaways (2.0). The sputtering Indianapolis Colts offense ranks just 26th (tie) in scoring (18.0 points per game). Here's where the upside is regardless of whoever starts at quarterback for the Colts: they've allowed 2.0 sacks per outing and committed 3.0 turnovers per contest. 
 They played well on the road last week against the Cardinals but will have a tougher task facing Green Bay on the road this week. 
Tier 7
 Brady. Does anything else need to be said? OK, how about no Sean Lee? Sold yet? Stay away from Dallas as The Patriots will look to run up the score after Rex Ryan complained about it in week four. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts Allow Yds Allow Fantasy
 Should be an OK play at Dallas this week coming off their week 4 bye, but we would like them more if this were a home game instead of on the road at Dallas. 
 After crunching the numbers from Tennessee's games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the struggling Indianapolis Colts, there's little reason to get excited about the Titans team defense. They rank 22nd in points allowed (25.7 per game), ninth in sacks (9.0) and 21st in takeaways (4.0). The Buffalo offense has allowed 2.5 sacks per game, so look for Tennessee to notch at least a couple of quarterback takedowns. The Bills have committed just 1.3 turnovers per contest and rank seventh in scoring (27.5 points per game). 
 With eight sacks and five turnovers forced in back-to-back road games, Oakland seems to have a respectable defense in place. Peyton Manning & the Broncos have made for a decent matchup thus far, and this one is at home ... so you never know. 
Tier 8
 Indianapolis' matchup against a struggling Houston Texans offense is a plus one on paper, but the Colts aren't good enough to take advantage of it. On the season, Indianapolis ranks 15th in points allowed (23.2 per game) but just 28th in sacks (5.0) and 29th in takeaways (3.0). The Texans offense ranks just 24th in scoring (19.2 points per game). Houston has also given up 2.0 sacks per contest and committed 2.0 turnovers per outing. 
 Mike Vick has been known to turn the ball over and tends to get sacked plenty, but the Chargers defense has issues. We recommend that you mostly avoid 'em for fantasy. 
 The Philadelphia Eagles offense hasn't packed the scoring punch that we're used to seeing, but the New Orleans defense isn't good enough to do any damage against the Eagles, especially on the road. On the season, the Saints rank 23rd in points allowed (26.0 per game), 19th in sacks (7.0) and 27th in takeaways (3.0). New Orleans is one of three NFL teams that hasn't notched a interception. 
Tier 9
 To put it nicely, this unit has been unexpectedly dreadful. They're not an option until proven otherwise. 
Tier 10
 The offense is not helping their cause. They are not a recommended play again this week traveling from the West coast to the East coast to face the Giants.