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Week one was a crazy one for fantasy owners, as all of the top running backs not named Adrian Peterson and Lesean Mccoy faltered, Peyton Manning tied an NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a single game, and Anquan Boldin delivered a masterful 200 yard performance in his first game as a 49er. Things were equally as crazy on the defensive side of the ball, as the elite defenses of the NFL such as the 49ers, Seahawks, and Texans put together could not outscore… the Cowboys? It was a crazy week indeed, and fantasy owners have to be reeling from the results.
If you’re lost and looking for guidance on what to do next with your fantasy team’s defense, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at my top five fantasy defenses for week two.
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5. Raiders defense vs Jaguars
This has less to do with how good the Raiders are and has more to do with how much the Jaguars suck. Their offense wasn’t able to muster a single point last week, their running game was stuffed, and they allowed six sacks on Blaine Gabbert. In my opinion Chad Henne is a bit more dangerous than Gabbert, but neither should worry anybody too much. Any defense that plays Jacksonville is as safe a bet as there is in fantasy football, so if you’re looking for a spot start this week then Oakland is the defense for you.
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4. Patriots defense vs Jets
Normally I’d be all over defenses that are playing rookie quarterbacks, but the Patriots defense was in a similar situation last week and only managed to put up a meager four points. The Jets are a lot less talented than the Bills on offense though, and New England is still a great bet to put up some fantasy points against New York.
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3. Ravens defense vs Browns
After the absolute manhandling of the Ravens defense courtesy of Peyton Manning, fantasy team owners who had the Ravens defense were scrambling to find a replacement for the seemingly has-been squad. While their days of being an elite defense are over, I wouldn’t be so quick to give up on the Ravens defense. At least not until after this great match up against the offensively inept Browns. Brandon Weeden threw three picks last week, their best wideout Josh Gordon is suspended, and the Dolphins were able to muster 16 points facing them last week. In the long term I’d advise a different defense, but the Ravens should do owners right this week against a team as bad as Cleveland.
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2. Bears defense vs Vikings
Without Adrian Peterson, the Vikings would probably have the worst offense in the NFL. Peterson will usually get his, but if you don’t mind giving up a 100 yard rusher then the Bears are a pretty good bet to produce some points at home this week. Christian Ponder is as bad as it gets and tends to complete passes to the other team with as much regularity as he does to his own mediocre receivers. For an opportunistic and ballhawking defense like the Bears, that spells good things for them. Again, Peterson will likely go off, but other than that the Bears are a great option for fantasy owners this week.
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1. Chiefs defense vs Cowboys
In a match up that pits the two highest scoring defenses from week one against each other, the Chiefs should come out on top for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one is both Dez Bryant and Tony Romo are hampered by injuries, which is a big blow to the Cowboys offense. The Chiefs also have a nasty pass rush and are going against one of the shakier lines in the NFL, which should lead to big days for both Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Romo has a habit of throwing picks when pressured, and if he’s without Dez this week to bail out a few bad throws that will lead to turnovers. This is an overall dream matchup for the Chiefs defense, and if you’re an owner of the Kansas City D you will likely be a happy camper this week.
By Cody Milford
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