It is now the point in the season where it is make or break time. If you are in playoff contention, then you know how important these remaining games are and how important your roster is for the next few weeks. Make sure that you don’t allow your Team Defense to be the reason your team loses at these most critical moments of your season. Luckily, there is always the opportunity to plug some Defenses that have favorable matchups and could easily be your ticket to pay dirt this weekend.

New England vs. IND

Once again, the Colts are a favorable matchup for opposing defenses. However, this week Indy has decided to go with Dan Orlovsky as the starting QB and that makes this matchup even more favorable. Although New England is never afraid of letting teams score, they have still racked up 16 interceptions and 25 sacks over the course of the season and should put up some good points this week against the hopeless Colts.

Denver vs. MIN

As of late, Denver has been in the headlines for their unorthodox offense and its devout leader. However, it has been their defense that has been able to contain opposing offenses and allow such miraculous wins by their offense. Over the last four games, the Broncos have gotten 12 sacks and four interceptions while only allowing the 7th most points scored in the league. With Adrian Peterson likely out again, start Denver with confidence against the Vikings this weekend.

Atlanta vs. HOU

It’s no secret that the Texans are having some QB issues to say to say the least. And it is also no secret that they will undoubtedly rely heavily on their ground game from here on out. That said, Atlanta is averaging the second best rush yards per game allowed in the league with a mere 83.5 ypg. It could very well be tough goings for Foster and Tate this week as they will have little aerial attack to complement their rushing attack.

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San Diego vs. JAX

Although the Chargers have been almost nonexistent from a Fantasy Football perspective this season, they could be in for their best matchup thus far on Monday night. After losing Del Rio and other members of the team this week, Jacksonville couldn’t be more distracted. They average the worst offensive points scored as well as offensive yards gained in the league. Don’t expect much more from the dwindling Jaguars against a San Diego offense that is known to thrive in December.

  1. zandercage says:
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    Hey Mark –

    Always look forward to your column. How would you rank these DST’s this week (they are all available in my league) –

    JAX
    WSH
    DEN
    ATL

    Thanks!

  2. Robert says:
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    What if none of those are available? I’ve got Tennessee and Seattle, but here’s what’s on the wire:

    Detroit  
    Jax
    Oakland
    Arizona
    Washington
    KC
    Tampa

    Leaning Tennessee…

    For the above poster, go Denver, I think.
    Minnesota
    Cleveland
    Carolina
    Indy

  3. Robert says:
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    Ooops. Here’s what’s available:

    Detroit
    Jax
    Oakland
    Arizona
    Washington
    KC
    Tampa
    Minnesota
    Cleveland
    Carolina
    Indy

    Thanks

  4. Moolah says:
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    Mark, what do you think of Philly’s defense tonight? Tavaris Jackson is banged up. Sidney Rice is gone. Seems like a nice matchup, but DRC is out and Asomugha is probably limited.

    My other options:

    PHI at SEA
    MIN vs DEN
    HOU vs ATL (best overall defense, but their TJ Yates-led offense could keep them on the field all afternoon)

  5. TJ says:
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    Sorry to repost from the last post-

    The deadline to own a player that is keeper-eligible for next season is Sunday in my league.

    Which player would be the better stash, to potentially be my 15th round keeper next year- Kenny Britt or Daniel Thomas?

  6. @Robert: Many will Rank OAK high, but with the way MIA is playing, I dont see the Raiders holding up too well. Youre best bet might just be TEN out of all of those matchups, very tough crowd. CLE could even be a sleeper out of those but i wouldnt risk it.

  7. @TJ: I would say Britt, less competition at position

  8. Mike Scobey says:
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    Kevin Smith full practice today. He is playing Sunday

  9. Albert says:
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    Yo Mark, rank ’em if you would:

    Ten @ Buf
    SD @ Jax
    Atl @ Hou

    All three away teams are available.

    Thanks.

  10. Van Haggard says:
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    I have PIT, JETS, and NE defenses…. who do I roll with this week?

  11. @Moolah: @Moolah: I like Philly against a banged up SEA tonight, and out of the other three MIN would be the best bet since DEN doesnt manage to score a whole lot of pts

  12. keld says:
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    Would u rather have WAS v NYJ or SD @ JAX?

    Good Defense/Bad offense at home against a bad offense/good defense.
    Bad defense/bad offense away against a good defense/bad offense.

  13. Jason says:
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    Would you go with Denver D or Chicago (home vs KC)?

  14. Robert says:
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    Thanks for the response. I agree – Tennessee it is…

  15. Megatron Lives says:
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    Do you mind if I look ahead to the playoffs (weeks 14,15,16)? Now is the time to pick the Defs from the WW. I have Tenn. I like them for Weeks 15 (@Ind) and 16 (Jac), but not 14 (NO). Do you like any of these other Defs for Week 14? Your favorite 2 or 3. Thanks!

    Phi @Mia, StL @Sea, Jax vTB, Atl @Car, SD vBuff, Mia vPhi, KC @NYJ, AZ vSF, Cle @Pit, Ind @Bal.

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