The results of our DraftKings Sleeper Defenses from Week 8 were a bit of a mixed bag. As a whole, the team defense scoring was a bit down with only five teams scoring more than 10 points. So ending up with three-of-five selections scoring eight or more points isn’t that bad of a week after all.
Was it as good as we want our weeks to be? Of course it was not. Are we going to give up? Let us harken back to the 1978 classic comedy ‘Animal House’ as we move forward. As John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky is rallying the Delta Tau Chi Fraternity he speaks the immortal words, “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” Just as Bluto and the Delta Tau Chi Fraternity pressed onwards despite mounting odds so shall we!
First a quick look back at last week’s results.
NEW YORK JETS at Oakland-
28-34 pts all = -1 pts
Ouch. I’m guessing the defensive coaching staff burned this game film
TENNESSEE at Houston-
3 sacks, 14-20 pts all = 4 pts
Needed a couple turnovers to go with the decent sack total to have paid off.
DALLAS vs. Seattle-
1 INT, 1 BLK/K, 7-13 pts all = 8 pts
Surprisingly failed to register a sack and that hurt the scoring totals.
DENVER vs. Green Bay-
3 sacks, 1 SFTY, 7-13 pts all = 9 pts
This defense clamped down on the Packers. Didn’t get the turnovers to reach double digits.
KANSAS CITY vs. Detroit-
6 sacks, 2 INT, 7-13 pts all = 14 pts
Thank you Detroit for being the inept offense that you are.
Let’s get to the week 9 selections!
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS vs. Tennessee-cost $2200: The Titans are in a state of flux after firing head coach Ken Whisenhunt earlier this week. They will also be without WR Kendall Wright and have named Antonio Andrews as their lead back. A closer look at Andrews shows that he is averaging 3.7 yards per carry and hasn’t scored since week 5. In the last three games Tennessee has allowed 14 sacks and turned the ball over nine times. Despite the shootout with the Giants last week, the Saints defense has not been horrible this season. In their last three games they have racked up 12 sacks along with seven turnovers and one D/ST touchdown.
BUFFALO BILLS vs. Miami-cost $2900: After under-performing out of the gate we look for the Buffalo defense to come out of their bye week with a renewed sense of purpose. This is a make-or-break game for the Bills and the matchup should yield fantasy production. After looking good in head coach Dan Campbell’s first two games (albeit against questionable opposition), the Dolphins offense came back to earth in Week 8. Ryan Tannehill looked terrible tossing a pair of awful picks against the Patriots and Miami failed to establish the run. Back in Week 3, the Bills sacked Tannehill twice and picked him off three times adding a defensive score. Look for a similar performance this week.
PHILADELPHIA at Dallas-cost $2700: A Matt Cassel–led Dallas offense is a unit we like to chase for fantasy purposes. In the last two weeks he has thrown three interceptions and the offense has turned the ball over a total of four times. Back in Week 2, the Eagles were able to roll up three sacks and two turnovers against a mostly Tony Romo–led Dallas offense. Over the last two games, the Eagles have intercepted five passes and scored a D/ST touchdown. We like Philly to harass Cassel into some untimely turnovers and to rack up at least a pair of sacks.
NEW YORK GIANTS at Tampa Bay-cost $2700: Yes, the Giants were just torched by Drew Brees for over 500 passing yards and seven touchdowns. No, Jameis Winston is not even close to Brees’ level. The fact that Jason Pierre-Paul is on track to return this week will force Tampa to at least account for another defensive lineman. This should open up rush opportunities for other Giants forcing Winston into some quick throws. While he has been better at protecting the ball lately, Winston is still a rookie quarterback that’s turned the ball over eight times already. The Giants defense has picked off 13 passes and scored five D/ST touchdowns this year. We like this boom-or-bust unit this week.
DENVER BRONCOS at Indianapolis-cost $3000- Anytime we can get the Denver defense for $3000 or less we jump on it. How are there seven defenses that cost more than this dominating unit? Denver just held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing and sacked him three times. Let that sink in. This week they face a stumbling Colts offense that has turned the ball over 19 times in eight games and has allowed 17 sacks. A new offensive coordinator is not going to save a struggling Andrew Luck and the Colts offense from getting pounded this week. The Broncos lead the league in sacks with 28 and have also forced 17 turnovers while scoring four D/ST touchdowns. This defense is money in the bank this week.
There they are folks.
In keeping with the earlier established ‘Animal House’ theme I leave you with this quote from Chip Diller (played by Mr. Kevin Bacon), “All is well…All is well.”
As always…have fun…and good luck!!