Finally at the exact mid-point of the season this year, we have a very good understanding of the personalities of teams and their defenses. There are certainly some great matchups this week and also plenty of matchups that are avoidable if possible. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh and Baltimore fare against each other this time around compared to the romping in Baltimore we saw the first week of the season. I am cautious about starting either this week, with the Steelers getting more upside than the Ravens.
The favorable matchups this week are against the usual suspects and should be profitable as they usually are. I’ve discovered that every week I recommend streaming New Orleans (last week and week 6), they end up losing… So I’ve decided to hold off this week for all the Nawlins’ fans out there.
Atlanta vs. IND
Alright, well it’s no secret that just about every week, you should look to stream the defense playing against the Colts, and this week is no different. The Colts are averaging a miserable 294.9 total yards a game on offense and only have 12 total touchdowns this season. That said- this will benefit any defense that can hold their ground as Atlanta has 13 sacks, 9 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles thus far.
Kansas City vs. MIA
Miami has given up large leads in its last two games due to their poor defense and an inconsistent offense. This week they face the Chiefs that have a knack for picking off poor passers with 13 total interceptions this season. Although KC only has 9 sacks on the year, they should be able to get to Moore with the Dolphins giving up close to 4 sacks a game.
Dallas vs. SEA
Surprisingly, Dallas is available in many leagues out there and needs to be on all rosters this week against a pitiful excuse for an offense in Seattle. Dallas is averaging 3 sacks a game and this week they face the most sack-friendly offense in the league; allowing 28 sacks. Seattle’s horrid offense has only scored 11 tds this season and average 15.6 pts a game. Start Dallas with confidence this weekend.
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Oakland vs. DEN
This might be an ugly match up after what we saw last week with Tebow and week 7 with Carson Palmer. Never the less, this should be a great match up for the Raiders’ defense. They have 7 interceptions and 16 sacks, but keep in mind that Tebow has been sacked 14 times in the last two games and fumbled 4 times. Seems like a good matchup for any defense…