Start Em Sit Em Week 10: Defenses That Will Light Up Fantasy Scoreboards

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:  DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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With the right defense, you can make or break your fantasy Sunday. Just ask San Diego defense owners how they did last weekend, or Chicago Bears defense owners in 2012.

Like those owners who were fortunate to have a Chicago or Houston every week, others can get a strong performance from a pickup.

Don’t miss out on the excess of points available from defenses. Here are some of the right choices to start and sit in Week 10.

Start: Dallas Defense (Available in 66 percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

The Philadelphia Eagles’ largest point total of the year? 23. Not in a half, nor in one quarter; in their best game, the supposedly explosive Eagles offense has only been able to muster 23 measly points.

The main culprit of this team’s offensive inefficiencies has been their offensive line. Enter DeMarcus Ware and Rob Ryan’s blitz schemes. This talented defense should dial up some blitz packages that will have Michael Vick guessing all night.

Even if Vick eludes the rush, he’ll find ways to give the Dallas defense fantasy points in the form of fumbles or interceptions. It’s inevitable.

Start: Detroit Defense (Available in 49 percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

The Minnesota Vikings will likely be without Percy Harvin due to an ankle injury. Harvin’s absence puts a huge dent into their passing game, which relies on quick screens with Harvin as a main source of offense.

The Vikings’ will now rely on Adrian Peterson to do the grunt work, while keeping Christian Ponder passing plays out of the equation as much as possible.

In a game with the explosive Lions offense, however, Minnesota will have to throw the ball eventually. The Lions' fierce defensive line will keep Ponder in check and provide a solid fantasy day on the road.

Sit: Atlanta Defense (Owned in 73 percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

The Falcon defense has been a source of fantasy success throughout the season, but they face one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL in Week 10.

The New Orleans Saints, from an offensive standpoint, will be able to run up the scoreboard with Atlanta, guaranteeing a shootout in this matchup.

That’s all fine and dandy for fantasy owners of Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Roddy White, but Falcons defense owners should find a replacement and fast.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. He loves giving fantasy football advice and the NFL RedZone. Follow him on Twitter: