Fantasy football busts: DT - Week 5

by Tim Heaney on October 8, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down fantasy football busts of the week. Some high-level players will be included, because you need to know when is time to sit a player even though it may not seem appropriate. Primarily, however, we will address the midrange to low-end fantasy options that you rack your brain over each week. Read on to learn which of these players that you wouldn't want in your lineup.

Fantasy football busts: Defensive teams

San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • This rejuvenated Niners unit has posted top-10 averages in sacks (2.75) and picks (1.25) per contest through the first four weeks. As good as those numbers are, their value is skewed a bit by their monstrous Week 4 performance against the lowly St. Louis Rams that probably single-handedly helped many fantasy footballers win.
  • Why, despite some individual weak plays featured against the Niners D, is San Fran's D a potential bust as a unit? Well, you shouldn't expect a repeat of their statistical inundation against a more accomplished offense this week.
  • Atlanta has only allowed 0.67 sacks per game, the second lowest average in the NFL. Ryan is also careful with the football and has only thrown one pick in the first four games. San Fran should remain a playable option, but you'll probably have to live without another 30-something-point outburst since Atlanta probably won't be as loose with the pigskin.

NEW - Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Denver's D has been one of the talks of the NFL through the first four weeks. Per game the Broncos have averaged 3.75 sacks (second most) and 1.50 interceptions (tied for fourth most).
  • Why they may be coming back to earth: They faced the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys - not a blatantly easy schedule, but the Browns and Raiders will positively skew any defense's statistics.
  • Sure, quarterback Tom Brady hasn't been himself so far, but it's tough to keep betting against him. He touched an accomplished Baltimore Ravens D for 258 aerial yards last week and found the end zone twice. New England still protects Brady (1.00 sacks allowed per game, tied for the fourth lowest figure), and they still protect the football (just 0.75 turnovers coughed up per contest).
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