“The Amateur Ward” Defensive Targets: D/ST, IDP, and DFS Week 10
Man, what a week it was. First Zeke is suspended again and then Richard Sherman goes down for the season on Thursday night. Is the Thursday game really worth the risk of injury? No. But we continue to have it for the fans’ enjoyment. On to Week 10 we go, and there are a few good and bad matchups this week. Can you play the right ones or will you be left asking questions? Let’s hope not the latter.
Giants D/ST (@ SF) FD/$4400/DK $3200)- Why am I promoting a 1-7 team? Because the 49ers suck on offense, and honestly, the Giants are going to have a good day versus a suspect offensive line and a QB in C.J. Beathard. The Giants have collected seven turnovers this season, which should hopefully improve this week versus the 49ers, but we will see. As poorly as the 49ers offense is playing right now, the Giants D could be worth a look, especially with suspended Janoris Jenkins back.
Packers D/ST (CHI) FD $4500/DK $3300- Although the Pack have logged only two sacks since Aaron Rodgers went down, they remain a decent start this week as the Bears continue to struggle on offense and rookie Mitchell Trubisky has yet to post a two TD day. This is a risky unit, given the current demeanor of the defense, but they should play well enough to win and warrant fantasy appeal in deep leagues.
Titans D/ST (vs CIN) FD $4800/DK $2600- The Bengals are struggling to find an offensive identity, and the Titans defense have the tenth best pick rate this season. If the Titans can get pressure on Andy Dalton and a run-less Bengals offense, they could provide a decent play this week. If Dalton gets the ball out of his hands quickly…oops….nvm. Move on. Playing the Titans D/ST is boom/bust this week.
Landon Collins (S/NYG)- Collins may not be a turnover machine, but he should lead the Giants in tackles this week versus the 49ers who lack a true WR1. Opposing an overwhelmed QB, Collins should be able to take advantage of at least one errant pass and make Beathard pay for his mistakes. He has been on the low producing end lately, but that should change this week versus the 49ers.
Janoris Jenkins (CB/NYG)- After a one game suspension, Jenkins will be back on the field. No, he is not an interception threat most weeks, but versus the 49ers, and angry he could register a very solid week versus a weak offense as he is ready to make his presence felt once more. He is a CB2/bye week filler in most leagues heading into this week.
Damon Harrison (DT/NYG)- Harrison only has one sack on the season, but he continues to be a force in the run game, and will force passes, leading to opportunities for the defense to make plays. While he may not be the force he was in New York (Jets), he still has fantasy appeal and is worth a look as a DT this week. Look for him to continue to rack up forced passes and stuffs as the 49ers will struggle to move the ball.
Nick Perry (LB/GB)- Perry could be sack or bust this week versus the Bears, and although the Bears’ run game is better than it looks on paper, if Trubisky holds the ball too long, or gets ‘happy feet’, the opportunity could be there for Perry to record another sack. He is a sack specialist on the Packers defensive line, and while he will always be limited in tackles, if he can get to the QB, he could be a sneaky source of sacks over a season. He is an LB4/low end LB3/bye week filler this week.
Josh Jones (S/GB)- With Morgan Burnett out, Jones should once more be in line for a heavy dose of defensive snaps and the chance to produce fantasy worthy numbers. Last week, he racked up eight tackles. This week, he could be in line for his second turnover as the Bears boast a porous offensive line, a rookie QB and much to be desired at receiver. He is high risk/reward, but he should be worth a gamble of the dice come Sunday.
Danny Trevathan (LB/CHI)- Leading the Bears with 52 tackles, Trevathan’s calf injury should not hold him out of the tilt versus the Packers this weekend. He may not be the most explosive defensive player, but he has the ability to rack up tackles, create opportunities for others and be a nuisance in the backfield. Given his dynamic ability, he should be considered a high end LB3 this week should he play (likely) versus the suddenly pass-inefficient Packers.
Adoree Jackson (CB/TEN)- After recording eight tackles last week, Jackson is on the cusp of breaking onto the fantasy scene as he also covers punts and is itching to make a punt return count. The Bengals are a one-dimensional offense currently and Jackson will seek to take advantage of any miscues by Andy Dalton as the Bengals could seek to establish the run game.
Derrick Morgan (LB/TEN)- With five sacks on the season, it is only a matter of time before Morgan gets his sixth of the season, and the opportunity could not be greater than versus the Bengals. Morgan is not an elite sack DE/LB, but should be a decent fill this week as the Bengals have shown no ability to pick up pass rushers. Consider Morgan a decent DE bye week play in Week 10.
Avoid the Vikings D/ST versus the Redskins as the Redskins have shown they can score and are a legitimate offense. The Redskins offense is legit and let’s face it, the Vikings offense could be more explosive than it currently is. The Vikings defense is stingy versus opposing QBs, but after last week”s defeat of the Seahawks, the Redskins seem poised to give any opposing defense a show, even if it is another tough defense in the Vikings. This game could turn in to a shootout.