Ineffective defenses and bye weeks can lead to a major headache for fantasy owners at the defense position on their rosters.
With teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots all on their bye week, owners will be without some of the more reliable units in fantasy this season.
Even a team like the New Orleans Saints, who have been a solid option this season, are coming off a week in which they allowed 26 points to the Jets and are going up against a top-flight offense in the Dallas Cowboys this week.
These are just a few reasons why you need to take a look at these available defenses in your league.
Let's break it down further, shall we?
|Top 15 Fantasy Defenses for Week 10|
Tennessee Titans (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
Owned in 32.2 Percent of ESPN Leagues
Despite the fact that Tennessee is a top-10 unit in fantasy this season, many owners have failed to latch onto them as a viable starting option.
If there was ever a time to do so, Week 10 is the time as the Titans are at home and welcoming the worst team in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars, to town.
Not only are the Titans tied for fourth in the AFC in takeaways (15), but the Jags are tied for the third-most giveaways in the same conference and have a negative-seven differential. On top of that, Jacksonville is allowing the second-most points to opposing defenses in fantasy.
As the worst scoring offense in the league (No. 32 in points per game), there isn't much to fear versus the Jags, and that's why starting the Titans are a surefire bet.
Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Green Bay Packers)
Owned in 7.1 Percent of ESPN Leagues
Normally, starting the Eagles against a potent offensive unit in the Packers would be a huge fantasy mistake. However, considering the fact that superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be out for this game thanks to a collarbone injury, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, it's okay to take a chance on Philly in Week 10:
More definitive scans today but initial tests showed small fracture in Aaron Rodgers' collarbone that could sideline him about three weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
Without Rodgers, it looks as though Green Bay will have to go with Seneca Wallace unless the team signs or trades for a better option during the week. While Wallace did complete almost 58 percent of his passes, the backup QB simply couldn't pick up where Rodgers left off on offense and even threw one pick.
As a whole, Green Bay's offense looked stagnant with Wallace behind center, and not having to respect him in the passing game means the Packers will be far easier to stop. Green Bay owns the league's No. 2 rushing attack, but that's a moot point since the Eagles will be able to stack the box in order to stop the run.
In the NFC, the Eagles are tied for seventh with 15 takeaways, so this is a defense that is no stranger to forcing turnovers, which will be far more likely with Wallace behind center. The Packers will be hard-pressed to put points on the board in this game, and that makes the Eagles defense very attractive.
Buffalo Bills (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Owned in 6.6 Percent of ESPN Leagues
The Bills will hit the road to take on the Steelers in Week 10 with a great chance of having a big day on defense in this one. For starters, the Steelers are allowing the fifth-most points to opposing defenses in fantasy.
Scoring points can come in multiple ways for the Bills this week. With 15 takeaways, the Bills rank tied for No. 4 in the AFC while the Steelers are tied for No. 1 in the conference with 17 giveaways.
Also, the Bills have the ability to rack up sacks as they are tied for the third most in football with 29. What's troublesome for Pittsburgh is that it allows the second-most sacks in the league, and a great amount of pressure will likely lead to the Bills building on their No. 3 ranking in interceptions as a defense.
If it's points you're worried about, don't be. The Steelers are averaging less than 20 points per contest (No. 25). Even if they put points on the board, the Bills can score points in a multitude of ways, and that should lead to at least a positive day for Buffalo.