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2014 Week 9 Team Defense Projections
Updated: 10/31/14
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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 overtime score was the exclamation point on a decent fantasy effort last week, expect another good game as this group continues to get after the quarterback. 
Considered by many to be an up-and-coming unit, the Indianapolis team defense was totally obliterated by Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense last week. However, based on a favorable matchup with the New York Giants offense, we think you should give the Colts another chance. During the last month, Indianapolis gave up an average of 23 points per game. The Colts also racked up 3.3 sacks and 1.8 takeaways per contest. In that same time frame, the New York offense racked up 17 points per game. The Giants also gave up 3.0 sacks per outing and turned the ball over 1.67 times per contest. 
Tier Break
This unit took a step in the right direction against Baltimore and now gets rewarded with a matchup against a friendly opponent, Jacksonville. Expect a big week. 
4Chiefs,Kansas CityKCCNYJ1041423213
Incredibly good start this week, as not only are the Chiefs a starting caliber fantasy defense seven games in, but the visiting Jets are among the better matchups going. Michael Vick isn't known to protect the football all that well, by the way. 
Tier Break
The Browns defense has finally turned into the opportunistic bunch we expected week one. Against Tampa Bay? Deploy away! 
The Ravens defense has been very steady, but they may be walking into problems in Pittsburgh. Tough unit to bench, but if alternatives are there we recommend taking them. 
The Texans defense is a good-but-not-great play. During the last four weeks, Houston surrendered 24.8 points per game. J.J. Watt and company also notched 2.3 sacks and 2.0 takeaways per contest. From Week 5 through Week 8, the Philadelphia Eagles offense scored 27 points per outing. The Eagles also committed 2.0 turnovers per contest, but they allowed only a single sack in that time frame. 
Tier Break
Carson Palmer did a great job not causing turnovers last week but Fitzpatrick won't follow suit. Look for the Eagles to get back to causing turnovers and taking them the distance. 
Last week against Romo, the blitz couldn't be stopped. They also did a great job of limiting both Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant who they went one on one a lot of the time with great results. If Washington can get at the Cowboys like that, what can they do against rookie QB Bridgewater? 
The Carolina defense looks like a weak play. Since Week 5, the Panthers have yielded 28 points per outing. They also have averaged 2.0 sacks and 2.0 takeaways per game. The efficient New Orleans Saints offense, during the last month, scored 34.67 points per contest. New Orleans also gave up just 1.0 sack per outing and committed 2.0 turnovers per game. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
11Chargers,San DiegoSDCMIA0121932510
Fantasy production by this unit has dropped off lately, and that isn't just taking into account last week's Denver game. Traveling east and showing well against the Dolphins offense will be easier said than done, even with the additional days of recuperation. 
Injuries have hurt this unit all season but nothing ails a defense faster than a rookie quarterback. The Seattle crowd will welcome Mr. Carr to the Emerald City. 
After last week's explosion, this defense has risen to #2 in average fantasy points per game in a lot of formats. San Diego certainly isn't what one would refer to as a favorable matchup but Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Reshad Jones & company are bringin' it. 
The defensive play on this team has improved quite a bit, although you're taking your chances if you start these guys on the road against the red hot Patriots offense. 
As strange as it may sound, the quietly improving Jacksonville defense is a low-end starting option. During the last month, the Jaguars allowed 13 offensive points per game. They also racked up 3.3 sacks and 1.3 takeaways per outing. In the same time frame, the Cincinnati Bengals offense scored 20.3 points per contest. The Bengals also allowed 2.0 sacks per game and committed 1.8 turnovers per outing. 
Tier Break
1649ers,San FranciscoSFOSTL111293499
They've certainly underperformed so far but being at home against a struggling Rams offense is a very tasty matchup indeed. They will produce handsomely for those still holding on to them. 
The Steelers defense has gotten by the last two weeks on big plays, but have continued to give up a lot of yards and points. We don't recommend them. 
Palmer protected the ball well against Philly last week and Cowboys didn't do what they really should have against McCoy and Washington. Very low end option. 
Tier Break
19Patriots,New EnglandNEPDEN112284198
To their credit, this unit has enjoyed two banner weeks among their last three outings. Given the caliber of New England players banged up and the fact Denver is easily the worst fantasy matchup for opposing defenses, however, you're going to want to avoid these guys in Week 9. 
20Saints,New OrleansNOSCAR102273988
The New Orleans defense is a weak play. During the last month, the Saints yielded 26 points per game. They also racked up 2.67 sacks per contest and 2.0 takeaways per outing. In the same time span, the Carolina Panthers offense scored 23.5 points per game, allowed 2.0 sacks per contest and committed only 1.8 turnovers per outing. 
Rank Name Team Vs
Int Fum Sack Pts
21Jets,New YorkNYJKCC003273018
Not a good matchup here, then again the Jets defense has been irrelevant for fantasy anyway. 
22Giants,New YorkNYGIND102233818
Aside from Andrew Luck's usual gamblers' pick, the Giants' don't figure to make a lot of noise on defense against Indy. Former Giants runner Ahmad Bradshaw will likely go off as well given the added motivation. 
Tier Break
They will have their hands full facing the leagues leading rusher but they have the third best run defense in the league. The key will be getting pressure on Romo like Washington did on Monday night. 
Worst fantasy defense in the land, and they're having to play this one in Seattle. No thanks. 
25Buccaneers,Tampa BayTBBCLE011313986
Consider Tampa Bay a weak play. During the last month, the Buccaneers allowed 34.67 points per game and amassed just 1.67 takeaways per outing. In addition, they notched just one sack. In that same time frame, the Cleveland Browns offense scored an average of 22.3 points per game. The Browns also surrendered 1.5 sacks per contest and committed 1.3 turnovers per outing. 
Tier Break
26Rams,St. LouisSTLSFO001384812
The euphoria of the Seahawks game was short lived as the real Ram defense showed up in week 8. It's another tough matchup traveling to divisional foe San Francisco this week. Definitely better options out there. 
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