2012 Fantasy Football Week 5: Team Defense Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 2, 2012

Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (55) is interviewed as he leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Bears beat the Cowboys 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The Bears came into Dallas with 14 sacks in the first three weeks of the season. They then preceded to bust out the turnover machine and cranked up five interceptions and two defensive touchdowns on the night. Off to a terrific start, look to Chicago as a must-play option against the Jaguars this week.


What Did We Learn From Week 4?

If Russel Wilson is going to keep his job, he will have to stop the turnovers. When the quarterback struggles, it puts more stress on the defense, and last week it was too much for the Seahawks to win and for fantasy owners to have solid results.

Pete Carroll maintains that Matt Flynn is still coming back from an elbow injury, but for now, Seattle is only worth starting at home.

After a surprising loss to the Vikings, owners with the 49ers defense wanted to see a quick bounce back against the Jets. That is exactly what happened and while they will play a solid offense in Buffalo, San Francisco is worthy of starting this week.


Sean’s Week 5 Watch List

With the Cardinals coming to town on a short week, the Rams defense could be a sneaky play. Through the first three games of the year Arizona did a good job of playing close and keeping a balanced offense.

Last week however, the Cardinals struggled on the ground and fell behind to the Dolphins. When that happened, we watched Kevin Kolb hit the turf in that game eight times. If St. Louis can get a lead, the Cardinals tackles will struggle in pass protection play-after-play.

Vikings will play against a Titans offense that gave up two interceptions for touchdowns last week. One month into the season and the Vikings are sitting atop the NFC North, let’s see if they can build on their lead and give fantasy owners an option to start.


1 Texans @ Jets
2 Giants Browns
3 Cardinals @ Rams
4 Bears @ Jaguars
5 Ravens @ Chiefs
6 49ers Bills
7 Vikings @ Titans
8 Rams Cardinals
9 Packers @ Colts
10 Seahawks @ Panthers
11 Falcons @ Redskins
12 Steelers Eagles
13 Bengals Dolphins
14 Eagles @ Steelers
15 Dolphins @ Bengals

Week 5 Standard Rankings – | RB | WR | TE | K | D |