These suggestions, as always, will not feature highly rostered DSTs, nor will it cover teams from previous weeks. If you were able to grab one from the previous selections and they still have a favorable matchup, go ahead and start them again, no need to waste FAAB or waiver priority. If you have a defense like the Rams, you should be starting them every week. If you need a spot start, or you just need a DFS play, hopefully this helps.
Opponent: vs Houston Texans
The Texans give up the 3rd most points to defenses this year. It doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon after their game with the Colts. The Texans offensive line has played admirably with how little offensive ability is surrounding them, but the Cardinals should be able to put pressure on Davis Mills. Pressure leads to hurried throws and then the eventual Mills’ forced passes into the Cardinals’ ballhawking secondary. This is another game that has no business being close and that plays into the game plan of basically every opponent the Texans face.
No fly zone 🙅♂️@rockorocky x #RedSea pic.twitter.com/JGYedUWQFZ
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 17, 2021
New England Patriots
Opponent: vs New York Jets
No one does it better than the New York Jets. “It” of course is giving up points to defenses. The Patriots at every level on defense are better than the Jets at every offensive level. The bye week will give the Jets more time to plan for this game, but I’m not sure if three bye weeks would be enough for a rookie to put up a good showing against a Bill Belichick coached team. Ask Justin Herbert how fun that is, and Zach Wilson is no Herbert. The Pats biggest defensive strength is their secondary and Bill knows how to confuse young signal callers with different looks that bait turnover worthy throws. Should be another big week for a Jets opponent.
Watching this on repeat, @NVBentley33.
📺: @NFLonCBS / Patriots app pic.twitter.com/KuWy6YhxSv
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 17, 2021
New Orleans Saints
Opponent: @ Seattle Seahawks
What the Seahawks were able to do against Pittsburgh was impressive. They ran the ball against one of the highest rated run defenses in the league and Geno Smith was able to complete 23 of 32 passes without an interception. They also only scored 17 points. Now they draw another tough opponent in the New Orleans Saints. What’s worse is the Seahawks played on Sunday Night Football while the Saints were on a bye, with 15 days to prepare for Geno. Marshon Lattimore is having another lock down season, recording at least an 81 coverage grade from PFF in 3 of his 4 games this year. The rush defense has been answering the bell all year, ranking fourth, just ahead of the Steelers. If Alex Collins is not 100%, that’s just another drawback to the Seahawks offense.
Intercepted by @PjWilliams_26 🙌#WASvsNO | 📺: CBS pic.twitter.com/uWECFTy4rn
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 10, 2021
San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: vs Indianapolis Colts
The Colts glaring weakness on offense is the line, something that would have sounded crazy last year. That group has been arguably the worst pass blocking line in the league this year and the 49ers pass rushers in Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, and Dee Ford are one of the best pass rushing trios in the league. Nick Bosa is still ramping up, but is already top 10 in sacks and a top 20 Edge player overall. The 49ers will also be coming off a bye this week and playing at home. They’ll be looking to right the ship after losing their last three games in a row to divisional opponents and top NFC contenders. They have the Cardinals and Rams coming up in early November so if they do not win their next two games against Indianapolis and Chicago, their season is likely over.
Hungry bear 🐻😤 @nbsmallerbear
📺 #SFvsAZ on FOX pic.twitter.com/HCIkst5QCI
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 10, 2021
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