“The Amateur Ward” Defensive Targets: D/ST, IDP, and DFS Week #11
Some are wondering about my accuracy on these rankings, some live by them, but the truth is no one is perfect and we all strive to provide the best advice. With Zeke Elliot suspended, am I suggesting any Eagles defensive players? No. Zeke will serve his six game suspension. Life will go on, and we will all go on playing fantasy. The question is, who has the guts to play the ones no one does versus who plays the safe plays. Will you be left grasping for straws, or are you one of the stronger teams? The rest of the season will tell.
Lions D/ST (@CHI) FD $4800/DK$3600- With the Bears facing severe challenges at offensive tackle, the Lions interior line could be in for a field day versus the Bears exterior offensive line. The Lions have the playmakers to make life tough for Mitchell Trubisky and Co. this week.Following a week where they posted four sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a returned TD the Lions make for an especially sexy play versus the Bears who have given up some of the most points to opposing D/STs this season. Add in Jamal Agnew with two returned punts for scores, and the Lions defense is lethal this week.
Saints D/ST (vs WSH) FD $4500//DK $3600- 7-0 in their last seven games, with no more than 17 points allowed in their last four games, the Saints defense has remained among the better defenses, but faces a formidable challenge in the Redskins. With the Redskins lacking a serious rushing attack, the Saints could once more post fantasy worthy numbers. The Saints front seven may not be elite, but they get pressure and create opportunities for the secondary.
Rams D/ST (@ MIN) FD $4800 DK $2400- The Rams have been a dominant defensive unit this season, but versus Minnesota, the streak of domination could come to an end as the Vikings have dangerous receivers and look to improve upon their record. While the Vikings run game leaves much to desire, the pass game has been efficient and dangerous and could pose problems for the Rams. But, the Rams secondary knows the perils of the Vikings offense. It will seek to exploit it and force errant throws. This will truly be a battle of titans this weekend as two of the better teams face off.
Tahir Whitehead (LB/DET)- While Whitehead will never contribute many sacks, he has shown the ability, over the past few weeks to rack up tackles and contribute other meaningful stats. He will never be an IDP stud, however, if you are reeling at LB for a bye week, he makes for a solid filler. This week versus Chicago, he could be in for a quietly solid day versus an inefficient offense lacking a true WR1 and a run game that needs some work.
Tavon Wilson (S/DET)- Without a true threat at receiver, Wilson will be able to pick his spots to go for the big play at safety for the Lions this week. With a sack each of the past two weeks, he could be in line for a nice day, including another sack against a depleted outside offensive line unit.
Kyle Fuller (CB/CHI)- If the Bears want to have a chance, they need to force turnovers. Fuller, who is currently listed as CB3 on the Bears chart could be in line for a good game, if the Bears can score early. He is not a shutdown corner nor ballhawk, but he defends passes and makes opposing QBs work for completions. He may be a boom/bust play, but you could do worse than risk him if you need a CB for a filler.
Marshon Lattimore (CB/NO)- As with most rookie defensive players, Lattimore remains a boom/bust play. But he could surprise in a matchup with the Redskins as he is showing improved ball ability and the ability to read the opposing QB’s eyes. It is not likely he will record his third pick versus a veteran like Kirk Cousins. But he will contribute some tackles and likely a pass defensed or two, meaning he is worth a look in a majority of leagues.
Craig Robertson (LB/NO)- This is my boom/bust play of the week as Robertson will either post quality tackle and stuff stats, or go for only three tackles in a game. A gambler would lean towards the former versus a Redskins team without Ron Kelley (Washington’s 2nd leading rusher). The Saints can key in on the pass game and not worry about much of a run game.
Michael Brockers (DT/LAR)- The Vikings do pose challenges for any defense, but without a true RB1, the Vikings are reliant upon the pass game. Brockers is a strong run stuffer, and with 15 tackles and two sacks over the Rams past four games, Brockers is on a roll. Invest with confidence, though he is not your traditional stud lineman and you will be repaid kindly this week.
Alec Ogletree (LB/LAR)- It is only a matter of time before Ogletree becomes an impact defensive player, as he plays all three downs, and is almost a lock for over 110 tackles in a season. He plays sideline to sideline, and this week versus the Vikes, look for him to play with an edge as the Vikings are a hot team, but the Rams defense is proving stout and Ogletree has been on a roll, with 15 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defensed over the Rams last two games.
Danielle Hunter (DE/MIN)- Hunter is usually a sack monster, but opposing offensive lines have neutralized him this season by throwing extra help his way. While the Rams will try to do that this week, look for Hunter to seek his fifth sack of the season, while continuing to collect stuffs and tackles from DE. He is a solid play in all formats, even versus an explosive offense.