Fantasy Player Projections

 
Defenses
RankTeamProjectionOpponent
1bengals

2 INTs, 3 Sacks, TD

The Bengals notched six sacks for the second game in a row, and they allowed only 212 total yards to the Jaguars in Week 4. That's the fewest yards given up by the Bengals since the final game of the 2010 season. They should be a solid fantasy start once again in Week 5 (Dolphins) and Week 6 (Browns).

vsdolphins
249ers

2 INTs, 3 Sacks, TD

It took four weeks (and the Jets' pathetic offense) to do it, but the 49ers finally produced like the top defensive unit. San Francisco returned a fumble for a touchdown, tallied four turnovers and shut out the Jets. They face a hobbled Bills squad in Week 5.

vsbills
3bears

2 INTsTD

Well, it certainly feels like a defense that intercepted Tony Romo five times would be perfect to start against Blaine Gabbert. After their annihilation of Romo and the rest of the Cowboys' offense, the Bears should get plenty of turnovers against a Jags team that will likely fall behind and be forced to throw.

atjaguars
4giants

3 INTs, 3 Sacks

Cleveland’s offensive line is solid up the middle, but the Giants are probably going to attack rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The Browns have not done an especially bad job of protecting Brandon Weeden. The Ravens only got to him once last week. But the Giants will be able to focus on the few capable Browns receivers and maybe stuff the run if the Browns focus on going to Trent Richardson. It could be a big week for this unit.

vsbrowns
5ravens

2 INTs, 3 Sacks

The Ravens' defense is a famously ferocious unit, but it is 29th in overall pass defense and was significantly challenged by Trent Richardson on the ground in Week 4. But Matt Cassel has been struggling and it is difficult to see Jamaal Charles singlehandedly beating the Ravens the way he beat the Saints.

atchiefs
6texans

2 INTs, 3 Sacks

Brooks Reed and J.J. Watt have given the defense a new face without Mario Williams, and they will likely be all after Mark Sanchez. With the Jets losing Santonio Holmes and failing to establish a consistent passing game, the Texans could very well be in for a field day if the Jets can't run the ball.

atjets
7seahawks

2 INTs, 2 Sacks

Just six days after sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers eight times, the Seahawks sacked Sam Bradford just twice in Week 4. They also forced him into an interception, and they held the Rams to just 75 rushing yards. They're a solid fantasy unit going forward.

atpanthers
8packers

INT, 3 Sacks

The Packers were carved up for 446 yards by Drew Brees, but that might not reflect any glaring deficiencies in the Green Bay pass defense. The Packers still sit 10th in total defense and have picked off four balls (not including M.D. Jennings' debated interception at the end of their loss at Seattle). The Colts probably want to establish Donald Brown if they don't fall down early, but the offensive line has protected Andrew Luck admirably. The hawkish Green Bay secondary should probably pick one ball, but Luck has remained efficient since struggling in his first game against Chicago.

atcolts
9vikings

INT, 3 Sacks

The Vikings have successfully gotten to the quarterback all season, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford certainly felt it last week. The Vikings have been significantly less successful intercepting the ball, but Hasselbeck should have to force some throws if the Vikings go up early and manage to contain Chris Johnson.

vstitans
10eagles

2 INTs, Sack

The Eagles have intercepted more balls than they have allowed touchdowns, but they haven't been great with quarterback pressure (seven sacks in four games) and have been far better defending the run than the pass. The Eagles have only forced one fumble as well while the Steelers have only coughed up one.

atsteelers
11steelers

INT, 3 Sacks

In a game that should be full of action (and likely miscues), Pittsburgh should certainly be aggressive. The Eagles have the most fumbles of any team in the NFL, and Michael Vick’s inconsistency is well-documented. It could conceivably be a huge day for the Steelers D.

vseagles
12rams

INT, 3 Sacks

The Rams' defense continues to show some promise, as it hurried rookie quarterback Russell Wilson into three interceptions in Week 4 while also notching two sacks. The Cardinals aren't a strong offense, but it's still tough to consider the Rams as a fantasy starter in Week 5.

vscardinals
13chargers

INT, 3 Sacks

The Chargers allowed 20 points to the Chiefs in Week 4, but they also had two sacks and forced six turnovers, including a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. They'll have a very tough time holding the Saints under 30 points, however.

atsaints
14chiefs

INT, 2 Sacks

The Chiefs have struggled creating turnovers this season, but they may get an interception since Joe Flacco has been throwing so often this season. The Chiefs could use an explosive performance since they have been so underwhelming to start the year.

vsravens
15browns

INT, 2 Sacks

Cleveland's defense has been a bit of a quandary this season. The defense swarmed Joe Flacco last week and has done well forcing interceptions. Unfortunately, it is still allowing almost 300 yards of passing offense per game. The Giants have done an effective job protecting the quarterback this season, so it's hard to see the Browns throwing off their rhythm.

atgiants
16cardinals

INT, 2 Sacks

After a five-sack Week 3 against the Eagles, the Cardinals had four sacks and four forced turnovers against Miami in Week 4. They allowed a season-high 21 points, however, and they remain a mediocre fantasy defense after failing to have the huge week many anticipated against a rookie QB.

atrams
17dolphins

INT, 2 Sacks

While the Dolphins' defense did give up 24 points to the Cardinals in Week 4, it was able to register eight sacks and two interceptions. The Bengals posed a much tougher threat offensively in Week 5, which makes this defensive unit a poor fantasy option.

atbengals
18falcons

INT, 2 Sacks

The Falcons gave up a season-high 28 points to the Panthers in Week 4, allowing Carolina to rush for 219 yards. The Redskins have a similarly tough rushing attack, which makes the Falcons a tough start in Week 5.

atredskins
19redskins

INT, 2 Sacks

The Redskins allowed a season-low 22 points to the Buccaneers in Week 4, but could only get one sack and one forced turnover. They'll face a much tougher foe in Week 4, with the Falcons coming to town. This defense is not a good fantasy option most weeks.

vsfalcons
20panthers

INT, 2 Sacks

The Panthers gave up 369 passing yards, 121 rushing yards and 30 points to the Falcons in Week 4. While the Seahawks won't have the air attack to tear up Carolina, they will run the ball effectively. The Panthers got seven sacks in Week 4, but they're a tough unit to start in fantasy this week.

vsseahawks
21broncos

INT, 2 Sacks

The Broncos allowed six points to the Raiders in Week 4, and they sacked Carson Palmer three times. It's going to be a tougher time in Week 5 against Tom Brady and Co., so consider another defense. The Broncos have forced just three turnovers in four games.

atpatriots
22saints

INT, 2 Sacks

It's no secret the Saints are having a tough time on defense this season. They gave up 28 points to the Packers in a loss in Week 4, and they have now allowed 27 or more points in each game this season. They're allowing a league-worst 186.8 rushing yards per game and are not worth stashing in fantasy.

vschargers
23patriots

INT, Sack

The Patriots forced six turnovers and had two sacks against the Bills in Week 4, but they also allowed 350 passing yards, 98 rushing yards and 28 points. It's doubtful Peyton Manning will throw four picks, so the Broncos should be a tougher challenge for the Patriots.

vsbroncos
24colts

2 Sacks

The Packers clearly struggled with pass protection against Seattle two weeks ago, and the Colts haven't been great at getting to the quarterback. Packers' lineman Bryan Bulaga is probable, and if he plays the Colts should have even more trouble getting to Aaron Rodgers.

vspackers
25jaguars

2 Sacks

Jacksonville should be able to get to the Bears with the unreliable J'Marcus Webb holding down Cutler's blind side, but the Jaguars have shown little ability to rush the passer this year.

vsbears
26jets

2 Sacks

The Texans have protected Matt Schaub well, and the Jets defense is significantly worse without Darrelle Revis. It's hard to believe the Jets will force the ball on the ground or get any interceptions considering the injury toll.

vstexans
27bills

2 Sacks

The Patriots shredded the Bills in Week 4, scoring 52 points and racking up more than 580 total yards. The Niners aren't quite as strong offensively as the Patriots, but they're good enough to make owners avoid the Bills defense in Week 5.

at49ers
28titans

Sack

The Titans may be in a bind this weekend. They have struggled mightily on defense (they are 31st in the league, allowing 421.5 yards per game) and have not pressured the quarterback well. They have been able to intercept six passes, however. Christian Ponder has looked like an efficient and effective captain of the offense, but he did have serious trouble moving the ball againstthe Lions.

atvikings
 
 
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