The fantasy football semifinals are here and it is that time of year where every decision made can make or break your championship run. Fantasy matchups are more important now and it is necessary to pick players with the best matchups. We have you covered with our Salute Magazine Week 15 choose or lose defenses.
Texans Defense at Indianapolis Colts
The Texans faced the Bills and Patriots the last two weeks and now they face a Colts’ offense that has struggled recently. I think the Texans’ defense is a defense worth starting this week as they rebound from their last two games where they put up single digit points. Houston ranks third in pass defense and Matt Hasselbeck is struggling with a rib injury.
Jaguars Defense vs. Atlanta Falcons
With the Falcons struggling since their six-game winning streak was snapped, the Jaguars have a chance to hand them another loss this week, especially with how their offense has looked over the last month or so. Matt Ryan is still trying to figure things out this season and the Jaguars had a second half to remember against the Colts last week. It should be more of the same against the struggling Falcons in Week 15.
Giants Defense vs. Carolina Panthers
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is on a roll in recent weeks and he’s gunning for the MVP award while keeping the Panthers undefeated. Combine that with the Giants being ranked dead last in pass defense in the NFL and it will lead to a recipe for disaster for New York. This has the makings of another blowout victory for Carolina.
Cowboys Defense vs. New York Jets (Saturday)
Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t thrown an interception in the past three games but Dallas has only allowed 14 passing touchdowns this season. The Jets have too many weapons on offense and the Cowboys are underwhelming on the offensive side of the ball. It could be a long night for the Cowboys’ defense if the offense has a few turnovers, so sit the Cowboys this week.
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Rams Defense vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thursday night)
The Rams had a solid performance in last week’s game against Detroit, but they now face the Buccaneers and quarterback Jameis Winston, who only has two interceptions on the road this season. St. Louis is generally good at home over the last couple of years and that is what makes this matchup fairly enticing. If you have no other option, start the Rams’ defense and hope for the best.