As we head into Week 11, things continue to trend in the right direction for the DraftKings Sleeper Defense article. I have to think that is a good sign for the entire daily community, as Uncle Waldo is a trendsetter after all.
For the sake of full disclosure, I am putting this piece together as I spend time in Disney World with the family. Let it be known that even while spending time in sunny Florida, Uncle Waldo is a company man and gets the job done.
We are making some tweaks to the article, as the recaps from previous weeks were tending to get a bit tedious as I broke down all the stats. We will be simplifying the recaps heading forward.
Here we go.
Philadelphia vs. Miami: 7 points = MISS
Baltimore vs. Jacksonville: 5 points = MISS
Tampa Bay vs. Dallas: 12 points = HIT
Minnesota at Oakland: 13 points= HIT
Kansas City at Denver: 19 points = HIT
BALTIMORE RAVENS vs. St. Louis ($2,700): No, we do not love the numbers the Ravens defense has put up this season but we do love this matchup. St. Louis will be starting Case Keenum at quarterback this week after benching Nick Foles. After a red hot start in his first three games as the quarterback for Houston back in 2013 when he had seven touchdowns and zero interceptions, Keenum came back to earth … hard. In the seven games he has played since then he has thrown four touchdowns and eight interceptions while averaging 196 passing yards per game. Even the leaky Ravens secondary should post nice numbers against Keenum and company this week.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at San Diego ($2,600): San Diego simply cannot run the football and quarterback Philip Rivers is running out of receiving options due to injuries. The Chiefs are coming off a dominant performance against in which they racked up five sacks and five interceptions. In the last three weeks, Kansas City has amassed a total of 13 sacks and nine interceptions. Look for Justin Houston and rookie ball-hawking cornerback Marcus Peters to rattle the San Diego offense into some turnovers and big plays.
HOUSTON TEXANS vs. New York Jets ($2,500): This could be the bargain of the week as few defenses are hotter than the Texans right now. After a miserable start to the season this unit if finally playing like many pundits believed they would out of the gate. In the last four games, Houston as put up 17 sacks while forcing nine turnovers and scoring a defensive touchdown. Ryan Fitzpatrick is scheduled to start despite undergoing surgery on his non-throwing hand late last week. Fitzpatrick has always been a quarterback known to make a bad throw or two and was picked off by Buffalo twice last week. We love the Texans here.
OAKLAND RAIDERS at Detroit ($2,600): It’s the old up/down theory here as Detroit is coming off one of its cleaner performances against Green Bay in which it had one turnover and zero sacks allowed. The Oakland defense was unable to force a turnover but did register four sacks in Week 10. We like Oakland this week because it will bring much more heat after Matthew Stafford than the anemic Green Bay rush (Green Bay hasn’t registered a sack in three games). Despite not allowing a sack last week the Lions have still given up 15 in their last four games along with six turnovers. Lightning will not strike twice and Detroit’s offense will be the rambling wreck it has been most of the season.
DALLAS COWBOYS at Miami ($2,400): Look for the entire Dallas team to play with more swagger with the return of Tony Romo at quarterback. Yes. I realize Romo does not play defense but his presence on the offense will have a trickledown effect. The defense will likely be facing less short fields due to untimely turnovers (I am looking at you, Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel) and playing with more leads. That means that Greg Hardy and company can pin their ears back at get after the quarterback. It starts this week against a Miami offense that has allowed an average of over four sacks per game over the past month. Let’s ride the Cowboys this week.
There you have it, folks. The first-ever written entirely from Disney World edition of the DraftKings Sleeper Defenses article.
Here’s hoping that Mickey and company will bring us some more magic this week!
As always … have fun … and good luck!