Defenses are often overlooked in fantasy football. I cannot understand why, because it is a crucial part of a successful season for any team.
This weekend is a difficult week for defenses as many of the top options will be facing off against tough matchups. Here are a list of a few that need to be avoided:
Kansas City Chiefs
The injury to Eric Berry is going to be too much for the Chiefs to overcome. Many may have looked at the team's matchup with the Lions and hoped for a backlash after last week's debacle; however, that won't happen.
Matthew Stafford will make good use of his tight ends in Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler. With John McGraw and Kenrick Lewis at safety, Pettigrew in particular should be able to put up big numbers taking advantage of Berry's loss.
The argument may be made that the Lions offensive line is poor and Tamba Hali will be able to rack up the sacks. Jeff Backus is much better than Demetrius Bell and Hali only managed one sack against the Bills. There is no good reason to start the Chiefs' defense this week.
The Atlanta Falcons will hopefully have learned from last week's beating in Chicago. The Falcons made a mistake by putting the ball in Matt Ryan's hands over 40 times even as they were playing from behind. The Falcons' best weapon offensively against the Eagles will be Michael Turner.
Steven Jackson could have had a career day against the Eagles last week had he not been injured. Jackson broke off a huge run in the first quarter for a touchdown. This wasn't just a once-off as the Eagles will struggle to stop the run with their group of linebackers.
Playing on turf the Falcons will want to keep the Eagles offense cold by dominating the time of possession. They should be able to do this with Jason Snelling and Michael Turner and batter their way onto the scoreboard.
The Bills may have shut out the Chiefs—at least held them to one score—last week but one major flaw was exposed. Jamaal Charles averaged 5.6 yards per carry on only 10 rushes. The Chiefs were forced away from the running game because of the deficit they were playing with, the Raiders will not have that problem.
Darren McFadden is set for another huge day against the Buffalo Bills. McFadden tore the Broncos apart in the first week of the season and appears to be taking his captain's role seriously. The addition of Marcel Dareus through the draft to pair with Kyle Williams, won't make this Bills team dominant against the run just yet.
Many may be looking at how the Bills shut out the Chiefs and think that they are an upstart defense to latch onto, that risk is much larger than its reward.