Thanks to the Tennessee Titans we managed to have a third consecutive week in which one of our ‘sleeper’ defenses reached double-digits is scoring. The other bargain defenses managed to score in the four to seven point range. Not bad shopping in the bargain bin last week. This week we have another batch of low-cost options with the chance to outperform their costs. Enough of my endless ramblings and let’s get out our coupon books and go shopping!!
HOUSTON vs. Indianapolis – cost $2900. The Colts offensive line continues to struggle allowing five sacks last week to the Chicago Bears. They are allowing an average of four sacks per game through the first five weeks and are a very attractive matchup. The Texans D/ST has leveled off of late putting up only three sacks and a single turnover in the last three games but has scored a TD. This is a get healthy week for Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney as they will be getting after Andrew Luck all day long. The Colts offense has been generous to opposing defenses having given up three D/ST scores in the last four weeks. A pressured Luck will turn the ball over at least once this week and Houston should see at least three sacks.
LOS ANGELES at Detroit– cost $2900. The Lions may catch a break as DL Michael Brockers (hip), William Hayes (ankle) and Robert Quinn (shoulder) missed Week 5 with injuries and are not guaranteed to be ready for this matchup. On the other hand, Detroit may end up having to rely on newly signed Justin Forsett at RB with a little Zach Zenner thrown in as Theo Riddick and rookie Dwayne Washington have yet to practice this week with ankle injuries. The loss of Riddick is a huge one to an offense that relies primarily on the passing game as he’s been such a weapon as a receiving option. Over the last four games, Detroit has allowed 13 sacks and turned the ball over four times. In the game between these teams late last season, the Lions had no answer for DT Aaron Donald who put up three sacks in the game. Expect more of the same this week.