Week 2 fantasy football players analysis: defensive teams

by Ryan R. Bonini on September 11, 2008 @ 12:35:29 PDT

 


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Editor's note: All statistics in this article are from Week 1 of the 2008 season. 

Fantasy value: No. 1 defensive teams

Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals

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Off Pts/G Ald
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INT
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10.0
189.0
7.00
2.0
1.0
  • The Bengals managed just 154 net yards of offense in Week 1, while turning the ball over twice and giving up two sacks.
  • The Bengals offense is currently offensive. Actually, that's being kind. Multiply that "ocho cinco" times and you have a higher degree of disappointment. They can't run, they can't pass, and they can't sustain anything on the field. That doesn't bode well against an aggressive Tennessee D, which will be asked to elevate their game due to a change at quarterback.
  • The Titans are a strong play this week.

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Off Pts/G Ald
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10.0.
252.0
5.00
1.0
1.0
  • The Jaguars allowed seven sacks, as quarterback David Garrard was harassed much of the day. They also turned the ball over three times - two interceptions and one lost fumble.
  • Offensively, Jacksonville failed to get anything moving last week (managed just 10 points) and suffered serious blows to their offensive line along the way. Facing a patchwork Jags line, the Bills' defense will be salivating.
  • Bills wide receiver Roscoe Parrish added another element to the defense last week, returning a kick for a touchdown. For leagues that count special teams production, the Bills receive an extra boost.
  • The Bills are a strong play this week and should be acquired on the waiver wire if available.

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

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INT
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12.0
355.0
1.00
1.0
1.0
  • The Lions allowed three sacks and one interception during Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons. Their new conservative, run-first style will lessen opportunities that previously came to opposing defenses under the gun-slinging mentality of former offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
  • The Pack is a strong play this week.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Miami Dolphins

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Off Pts/G Ald
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13.0
291.0
4.00
1.0
4.0
  • The Dolphins' offense played better than many expected last week versus the New York Jets, but quarterback Chad Pennington definitely wanted to settle the score against his former team. They allowed four sacks and threw one interception.
  • This is a pure one-week strong play; the Cardinals are a risky option otherwise.

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans

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4.0
154.0
2.00
1.0
1.0
  • Houston endured a rough start last weekend, allowing five sacks and turning the ball over three times (two interceptions and one lost fumble). They managed just 17 offensive points and are likely without top running back Ahman Green (ankle) this weekend.
  • The Ravens are a strong play this week.

New England Patriots at New York Jets

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10.0
284.0
4.00
1.0
0.0
  • The Jets offense gave up three sacks and turned the ball over once (via fumble) during Week 1 while managing 20 offensive points.
  • Jets quarterback Brett Favre is still learning the system, which combined with his aggressive play can always lead to some miscues on the field and potential turnovers.
  • The Patriots D will likely be asked to pull the train for the immediate future while the offense adjusts to the loss of quarterback Tom Brady (knee).

New York Giants at St. Louis Rams

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7.0
209.0
1.00
0.0
0.0
  • Can the Rams do anything right offensively right now? The team was in disarray last week and one week likely isn't enough to right the ship. They managed just three points offensively and 166 net yards of offense. They allowed four sacks, but the Rams did not turn the ball over. Consider this: They had just eight first downs - tied for worst with Cincinnati.
  • The Giants are a weak play for Week 2 given the Rams' conservative offense from last week, which could limit turnovers this week.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

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17.0
338.0
2.00
0.0
2.0
  • If you watched the Raiders during Week 1, you know it's time to consider starting any defense that goes against them. Offensively they are not where they need to be by any means, and playing in Arrowhead Stadium is never an easy task.
  • The Raiders gave up two sacks in Week 1 while turning the ball over once on a lost fumble to the Denver Broncos. Despite playing from behind the majority of the game, they did run for 150 yards on 31 attempts.
  • The Chiefs are a one-week play and wouldn't be considered reliable in most other matchups.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

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17.0
441.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
  • Kansas City threw one interception and gave up four sacks in Week 1 versus the New England Patriots.
  • The Chiefs' offense has a new starter at quarterback, as Damon Huard replaces Brodie Croyle (shoulder). Huard was previously demoted to No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart, so his chemistry and timing could be off early on.
  • Scoop up the Raiders for a one-week play; the Raiders are weak normally, and the Chiefs offense is the main reason to put them in for Week 2.

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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21.0
308.0
3.0
1.0
0.0
  • The Buccaneers are one of many teams with a new starting quarterback this week, as quarterback Jeff Garcia (ankle) is being sat down due to injury concerns and slumping play. Enter Brian Griese, who can look like a stud or a dud any given week. In his last 13 appearances, he has tossed 14 picks and been sacked 18 times.
  • Last week, with Garcia at the helm, the offense gave up two sacks and threw one interception. They managed only 14 offensive points versus the New Orleans Saints' soft defense.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

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28.0
338.0
1.00
0.0
0.0
  • The San Francisco offense turned the ball over a pathetic five times to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, with one via interception and the other four through lost fumbles. They managed just 13 offensive points and 291 net yards of offense. They also were sacked four times.
  • Offensively, the Seattle players are dropping like flies due to injury. If there were ever a time they needed their defense to step up, this would be the week.
  • The 49ers' offense showed little last week, which is rare for offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system. The good news for the Seahawks D is the 49ers are still trying to get in sync and Martz's system is as turnover friendly as it is pass friendly.
  • The Seahawks have a strong play matchup.

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench defensive teams

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers

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13.0
293.0
2.00
0
1.0
  • The Carolina offense did not turn the ball over in Week 1 and allowed just one sack to the San Diego Chargers' aggressive front. They posted 20 offensive points while piling up 388 yards of net offense.
  • The conservative grind-it-out style of offense Carolina is working to a tee doesn't bode well for turnover potential.
  • The Bears have a strong play matchup.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

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17
234.0
5.00
2.0
1.0
  • Cleveland struggled offensively in Week 1 but did not give much for opposing defenses to work with. They allowed just one sack and did not turn the ball over. However, they managed just 10 points and 205 yards of net offense.
  • The Steelers have a strong play matchup.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans

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17.0
358.0
0.00
0.0
2.0
  • The Titans have a new signal caller this week in quarterback Kerry Collins, who had one touchdown, six interceptions and been sacked nine times in his last 10 appearances before attempting just two passes in Week 1.
  • Tennessee's offense, with quarterback Vince Young (knee) at the helm the majority of the game, managed 309 total yards of net offense last week. They turned the ball over twice, both on interceptions, and gave up one sack.
  • The Bengals have a strong play matchup and should be acquired for a one-week play if available.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

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24.0
438.0
1.00
1.0
0.0
  • Atlanta's offense, despite a rookie quarterback at the helm, was dynamite in Week 1. They posted 34 offensive points, while running for 318 yards. They gave up one sack and did not turn the football over.
  • Tampa Bay will have to force the Falcons to attempt more than the 13 passes they did in Week 1 to force rookie quarterback Matt Ryan into mistakes.
  • Atlanta's offense is conservative and run-first, which can limit mistakes for a defense to capitalize on.
  • The Bucs have a strong play matchup.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

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Off Pts/G Ald
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INT
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20.0
388.0
1.00
0.0
1.0
  • Denver's offense gave the Oakland Raiders no chances in Week 1, as they did not turn the ball over nor did they allow a sack. They piled up 441 yards of net offense while scoring 41 offensive points.
  • The Chargers defense may be reeling a bit this weekend after losing a tough game on the final play in Week 1 to the Carolina Panthers. Furthermore, outside linebacker Shawne Merriman (knee), who is a team leader and a sack monster, is out for the remainder of the season. Faces could be long for the Chargers due to these two items....
  • Regardless, the Chargers are a strong play this week.

New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins

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14.0
352.0
2.00
1.0
1.0
  • The Redskins managed just 209 yards of net offense in Week 1. They did not turn the football over, and they allowed just one sack.
  • If the Saints only had the ability to play defense, they would be much higher. They do, however, deserve consideration because the Redskins are still desperately trying to synch in the new West Coast offense. The Redskins offense may make the Saints look much better than they really are defensively this weekend.
  • The Saints have a weak play matchup.

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

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14.0
277.0
4.0
1.0
0.0
  • The Patriots turned the football over twice in Week 1, both coming on fumbles lost. They also allowed two sacks and managed just 17 offensive points along with 338 yards of total net offense.
  • How will the Patriots respond after losing quarterback Tom Brady (knee) for the remainder of the season? With first-time starting quarterback Matt Cassel in tow, they may employ a more vanilla offense, which could lead to fewer chances for turnovers.

Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals

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20.0
293.0
3.00
0.0
1.0
  • The Cardinals did not turn the football over in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. They gave up just three sacks and scored 23 offensive points while churning out 285 yards of net offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills

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17.0
309.0
1.00
2.0
0.0
  • The Jaguars have a hefty dose of offensive woes to deal with right now, which puts the onus of this game on the defense to step up. Buffalo is coming off a huge thrashing of the Seattle Seahawks, so confidence should be high for them.

Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears

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24.0
316.0
1.0
0.0
1.0
  • 'Da Bears rode roughshod over the Indianapolis Colts defense in Week 1, piling up 183 yards on the ground. The conservative style worked, as they did not turn the ball over. They gave up two sacks in the game, while posting 21 offensive points.
  • This game could be a defensive challenge, as both teams play very similar styles of offense. As a result, a low-scoring affair could be in order.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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