Fantasy Player Projections

 
DEFENSE
RankTeamProjectionOpponent
1Minnesota Vikings
5 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Bears have looked pedestrian on offense despite a gauntlet of soft defensive matchups -- they played Carolina, Seattle, Washington and Buffalo in consecutive weeks. Minnesota should have a solid outing after allowing just 225 yards to Arizona.
atChicago Bears
2Philadelphia Eagles
3 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
Philadelphia's defense is racking up both sacks and turnovers at a consistent rate, so they are a good option this week against an inconsistent Redskins offense.
atWashington Redskins
3New York Giants
5 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Giants lead the league in giving up just over 250 yards of total offense per game this season. They have to be considered one of the league's best fantasy plays this week, especially after what Green Bay did to Dallas last week.
vsDallas Cowboys
4Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
Tampa Bay's defense has given up a lot of points in recent weeks, but they are a nice sleeper option this week against a Carolina offense that is ranked last in the league and will start numerous inexperienced players in Week 10.
vsCarolina Panthers
5Pittsburgh Steelers
3 sacks, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles
The argument could easily be made for the Steelers having the best defense in the NFL. Granted the Patriots have Tom Brady at quarterback and that makes them dangerous, but New England's offense simply isn't as prolific as it once was.
vsNew England Patriots
6Tennessee Titans
2 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Titans defense is getting to the quarterback often and picking off a lot of passes. Chad Henne has thrown 10 interceptions in his last six games, so expect a productive week from the Titans defense.
atMiami Dolphins
7St. Louis Rams
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Rams defense is not giving up many points, so they are a sneaky option this week against an inconsistent 49ers offense.
atSan Francisco 49ers
8Baltimore Ravens
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
Even a Ravens defense that many recognize as declining is still one of the best in the league. Baltimore is giving up 311 yards per game and just 17.4 points. Atlanta is balanced offensively, but the Falcons should still have their hands full against Baltimore.
atAtlanta Falcons
9Chicago Bears
2 sacks, 2 INT
The Bears' defense has had to carry a struggling offense in recent weeks. They are second in the league with 20 turnovers forced and are allowing just 3.5 yards per rush. Still, the Vikings have enough weapons offensively to make Chicago a risky play.
vsMinnesota Vikings
10Indianapolis Colts
2 sacks, 2 INT
The Colts defense is letting up over 140 yards per game against the run, and if the Bengals can keep the game close they will look to hand off often to Cedric Benson. If Cincy is forced to pass, the Colts should have plenty of pick opportunities.
vsCincinnati Bengals
11Cleveland Browns
4 sacks, 1 INT
The Browns have been surprisingly solid defensively this season, allowing just 19.5 points per game. Playing a struggling Jets offense and coming off a good performance against the Patriots, Cleveland could be a nice sleeper play.
vsNew York Jets
12New York Jets
3 sacks, 1 INT
Peyton Hillis and the Browns rumbled for 230 total rush yards last week, but the Jets are a much stronger team up front. After seeing what Darrelle Revis did to Calvin Johnson last week, don't expect the Browns to have any success through the air, either.
atCleveland Browns
13Detroit Lions
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Lions defense put up a fight against the Jets, holding them to 10 points through most of four quarters. The Bills offense has been clicking of late, however, and to date the Lions haven't given any other reason to be confident in their defense.
atBuffalo Bills
14New England Patriots
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Steelers have averaged 330 total yards of offense per game with Ben Roethlisberger at the reins. While that's far from elite, they have been efficient enough that you will probably want to avoid deploying the Pats' defense if you can.
atPittsburgh Steelers
15Seattle Seahawks
3 sacks, 1 INT
Seattle's defense put up 16 fantasy points against Arizona in Week 7, so consider using them this week if you are looking to add a defense.
atArizona Cardinals
16Arizona Cardinals
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Cardinals' defense has already scored five touchdowns and blocked two kicks, so it is clear they have a penchant for the big play. Expect them to force the Seattle offense into a few mistakes in Week 10.
vsSeattle Seahawks
17Washington Redskins
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Eagles' offense looked very good last week, and the Redskins will have some trouble stopping Michael Vick as well. Look for a different defense.
vsPhiladelphia Eagles
18San Francisco 49ers
2 sacks, 1 INT
San Francisco's defense is not forcing many turnovers, so they are only an average option this week against a St. Louis team that has done a good job protecting the ball lately.
vsSt. Louis Rams
19Jacksonville Jaguars
1 sack, 1 Fumble
Jacksonville's defense has not been productive enough to warrant a start this week against a potent Texans offense.
vsHouston Texans
20Carolina Panthers
1 sack, 1 INT
Carolina's defense has allowed at least 20 points in all but one game this season, so go with a defense who is doing a better job keeping the opposing team off the scoreboard.
atTampa Bay Buccaneers
21Denver Broncos
1 sack, 1 INT
Denver's defense has just nine sacks and nine forced turnovers this season, so go with a unit that is causing more issues for opposing offenses.
vsKansas City Chiefs
22Kansas City Chiefs
1 sack, 1 INT
Kansas City's defense has been up and down in recent weeks, so use a more reliable option this week if possible.
atDenver Broncos
23Cincinnati Bengals
1 sack, 1 Fumble
The Bengals allow more than 338 yards of total offense a game, putting them firmly in the middle of the pack in the NFL. Even with the Colts' injury troubles, they are still an elite offense, making this a bad matchup for Cincinnati.
atIndianapolis Colts
24Atlanta Falcons
2 sacks
The Falcons have been stiff against the run, but the droves of passing yards they have given up recently are worrisome. They may be an option to avoid this week, if you can, against a Ravens offense that is finding its stride.
vsBaltimore Ravens
25Miami Dolphins
2 sacks
Miami's defense will face a Titans team in Week 10 with a new toy in Randy Moss. The Dolphins have forced only eight turnovers, so go with a more productive unit.
vsTennessee Titans
26Buffalo Bills
2 sacks
The Bills are last in the league surrendering 29 points per game. If there ever was good matchup for Buffalo, it's this week against a Detroit team potentially down to Drew Stanton at QB. Still, why risk starting bad defense?
vsDetroit Lions
27Houston Texans
2 sacks
Houston's defense has not done enough this season to warrant a start in Week 10.
atJacksonville Jaguars
28Dallas Cowboys
1 sack
The last time the Cowboys faced the Giants they gave up 497 yards of total offense. With head coach and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips out the door, don't expect any kind of cohesion on Sunday. Stay away from Dallas this week.
atNew York Giants
 
 
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