I would be remiss if I did not begin this article by offering congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on their epic World Series victory. Even a football junkie like myself can appreciate great baseball and that series ended with a classic game. I would also be remiss if I didn’t point out that as a Detroit Tigers fan it was especially nice to see the Cubs vanquish the Cleveland Indians as they beat the Tigers like a drum in 2016.
As a Detroit Lions fan I can also take heart in the fact the Cubs were able to finally overcome their ‘curse’ so maybe there is still hope for the Lions to reach a Super Bowl. That may be stretching things a bit but beggars can’t be choosers.
It was a banner Week 8 for our bargain bin Defense/Special Teams (D/ST) as we had three teams finish with double-digit totals for the first time this season.
We are on a roll folks and will look to keep it going with these discount D/STs for Week 9.
NEW ORLEANS at San Francisco- cost $2300. It’s rare that we suggest starting the Saints defense, but this matchup should prove to be a sneaky good one. The Saints managed to stifle Russell Wilson and the Seahawks last week putting up a sack along with an interception on their way to a win. While those are not overwhelming numbers, this is a defense trending in the right direction and should be getting some key players back this week. Rookie DL Sheldon Rankins is on track to hit the field and the Saints top CB Delvin Breaux should also play. Both will help the D/ST rack-up big plays against the Colin Kaepernick–led 49ers offense that continues to struggle. In the two games since Kaepernick took over the starting gig, San Francisco has given up seven sacks and turned the ball over four times. It’s those numbers that make the Saints a nice streaming D/ST this week.
LOS ANGELES vs. Carolina- cost $2400. In a do-or-die situation, the Panthers put together their best game of the season last week pummeling the Cardinals at home keeping their slim playoff hopes alive. This week has the feeling of a trap game as they will have to travel cross country for this matchup with a Rams team that has lost three straight games. Up to this point the Rams D/ST has been a major disappointment having accumulated only 10 sacks and 10 turnovers through seven games. We like this unit to start posting better numbers as they get healthier along the defensive line and in the secondary. The Panthers offensive line struggles against above average pass rushers as the eight sacks they allowed to Minnesota in Week 3 shows. The Rams will have both Robert Quinn and William Hayes starting this week and that will mean lots of edge pressure on Cam Newton. The Rams should also have CB Trumaine Johnson back this week and that means big-play opportunities for the secondary.