Week 6 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Best Defenses to Start or Sit in Week 6
As Week 6 approaches, there are some fantasy football defenses that owners will want to avoid.
With many of the top defenses facing tough matchups, there are some less spectacular squads that owners may want to give the nod to ahead of the weekend.
Buffalo Bills: Start
The Buffalo Bills are coming into a great matchup this weekend. Despite playing on the road, they are facing the New York Giants.
The Giants are a fantastic matchup for the Bills for a couple of reasons. The Bills have scored over a third of their fantasy points this year from touchdowns. The Giants give up the fourth most touchdowns to team defenses in the NFL.
On top of that, the Bills grab a decent amount of their points from recovering fumbles. The Giants give up the 12th most fumbles in the league.
The Bills would have to be the surprise defense of the week, and if they are available, they are definitely one to consider.
Chicago Bears: Bench
The Chicago Bears' defense is one of the most famous defenses in the world. "Bears D," is a brand, and while most weeks they're as prestigious as a brand like Apple, this week they're as prestigious as a brand like Qwikster.
The Bears are going on the road to face the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are fresh off of a 34-10 thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals, and they're going to be pumped up for this game.
The Bears' defense has averaged a colossal 2.5 points on games played away from Solider Field this season.
Couple that with the fact that the Vikings have given up the sixth fewest points to defenses this year, and it becomes clear that the Bears need to be benched this weekend.
Cincinnati Bengals: Start
The Bengals are coming up against the Indianapolis Colts this week. While it's common knowledge that Curtis Painter will put the fear of God into any defense he opposes, I believe the Bengals can overcome this.
The Bengals allow an average of just 18 points per game (17.6, but we're gonna round up). That is the seventh best defensive average in the league. Couple that with the Colts, who are 24th in the league in scoring, and you've got quite a favorable matchup.
The Bengals have also recovered the third most fumbles in the league. The Colts have given up the sixth most fumbles in the league. I'll let you do the math there.
It's also worth noting that the Bengals are playing at home, and the Colts have been dreadful when playing away from home. (They've also been dreadful when playing at home, but that's not relevant.)
Detroit Lions: Bench
This one is a bit controversial, and to be honest, I don't like that I have to do this. But the Lions play the San Francisco 49ers this week, and do you really want your defense going up against this guy?
Jim Harbaugh has brought an era of mistake prevention to San Francisco. Alex Smith has been one of the most outstanding quarterbacks of the season. His performance last week was unreal. Who could have seen that coming?
The 49ers have given up the eighth fewest points to team defenses this season, and their offense simply isn't making mistakes.
As good as the Lions defense has been, they shouldn't be starting this week on your team.
New England: Start
The New England Patriots do not have an outstanding defense. The fact of the matter is, there is one reason, and one reason only, that they are making this list.
The Patriots are going to have a key defensive player starting for them on Sunday. That player is Tony Romo.
Dallas averages the most interceptions per game of any team in the NFL. New England snags the fourth most interceptions in the NFL. It is as simple as that.
When Dallas makes the trip to New England, Romo is stepping into a hostile environment, and the New England secondary is going to be waiting.
Baltimore Ravens: Bench
I can already hear the condescending laughter coming through the computer. "Is this guy for real? The Ravens have the best fantasy defense on the year."
Well yes, that is true, guy who thinks he knows everything about fantasy football.
What you aren't considering, however, is that the Texans have only given up 21 points to defenses on the entire year. That averages out to 5.25 points a game!
Not only that, but nearly a third of the Ravens D's fantasy points have come from touchdowns. Did you know that? If you answered yes, then you probably also know that the Texans are yet to concede a single touchdown to a defense.
While it's not a forgone conclusion that Baltimore will not have a decent week, starting the Ravens defense is simply not the logical thing to do in their Week 6 matchup against the Texans.