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Week 4 Choose or Lose: Defense

 

The Arizona Cardinals defense took over their game against the San Francisco 49ers last week. Two pick sixes and a couple of sacks led to 31 fantasy points which is a huge boost for any fantasy team. Which defense will come up big like the Cardinals did last week? Let’s find out.

CHOOSE

CINCINNATI BENGALS VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

This is my redemption pick for the week after the Bengals disappointed against the Ravens last week. That game turned into a shootout and Joe Flacco has a big arm, but this week should be different. The Bengals don’t sack the quarterback but they do have a very good secondary.

Alex Smith and the Chiefs are coming to town, and if the Bengals can limit Jamaal Charles then Smith will have to throw the ball. That would mean plenty of interception opportunities for the Bengals, and the Chiefs been very generous to the D/ST position. They are 30th against oppossing defenses which could be very bad news against the Bengals.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS

The Eagles defense is fresh off of forcing multiple turnovers against the Jets. Darren Sproles also scored on a punt return TD which helps the Eagles value even more. Now the Eagles take on the Redskins and a turnover prone quarterback in Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins are 22nd against opposing defenses and there’s a good chance that it will get worse if Kirk Cousins doesn’t take care of the ball. The Eagles defense stepped up last week and they should do it again versus the Redskins.

LOSE

HOUSTON TEXANS VS. ATLANTA FALCONS

The Houston Texans defense hasn’t been as good as everyone thought it would. Other players on that Texans front seven have to step up, including Jadaveon Clowney. J.J. Watt can’t do everything by himself and teams might have figured out how to prevent him from blowing up play after play.

The Falcons have been lighting up the scoreboard the first three weeks of the season and they are 3rd against opposing defenses. If the Texans don’t stop Julio Jones then they’re in danger to have a negative point total this week.

DALLAS COWBOYS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Cowboys defense had a good week against the Eagles in Week 2 but their other performances have not been great. The Cowboys scored -6 points last week and now they take on the Saints.

Whether or not Drew Brees does play, there will still be a chance for the Saints to run the ball all day. Devonta Freeman had a career day against them and Mark Ingram could be due for a big day as well. The Cowboys will be opportunistic but they’re not worth starting if you need to stream a defense.

ON THE BUBBLE

GREEN BAY PACKERS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

The Green Bay Packers had a field day against the Chiefs last week when they sacked Alex Smith seven times. The Packers have a opportunistic defense as well as a favorable matchup against Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers.

Kaepernick has always had accuracy and timing issues which could lead to a couple of interceptions just like last week. However, Kaepernick is one of the more difficult quarterbacks to sack in the league so seven sacks might be tough to replicate for the Packers. Either this game will be a shootout or the Packers defense will step up when it needs to.

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