Special to FV by Daniel House
1. Chiefs @ BUF
The Chiefs are still the top defense in the NFL and have allotted a league-high 36 sacks, while awarding a measly 12.3 points per game. The Kansas City defense has allowed teams to convert on third down just 25 percent of the time and in red zone situations have forced rosters to score at a 29% clip. With Thad Lewis at the helm and key injuries to running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, the Bills offense is rather anemic and will struggle against a Chiefs defense that has recorded 20 takeaways. Only three teams have allowed more sacks than Buffalo's 28 and the Bills have allowed a league-high 71 QB hits this season. Tamba Hali better be ready to drop another $1,000 tip at a local restaurant, after he celebrates a brilliant week nine performance.
2. Seattle vs. TB
Seattle's defense can feel good about themselves after corralling a 14-9 win over a Kellen Clemen's led St. Louis Rams offense. This trend will continue as the winless Bucs look to spread MRSA into CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks have forced at least two turnovers in every game this season, which will really give Greg Schiano something to yell about. Seattle has recorded a league-best 13 interceptions and their ten forced fumbles trail only the Chicago Bears. The Bucs offense has averaged just 14.3 points per game and it won't get any easier in the 12th man this week.
3. Bengals @ MIA
The Bengals will destroy a permeable Dolphins offense line that has allowed a league-most 32 sacks this season. The Miami moving company has allowed at least four sacks in all but one game this season and the Bengals front seven has amassed at least four sacks in four of the past six games. The Bengals have allowed a seventh best 18 points per game and Miami is averaging just 21 points this season. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has thrown a fifth-most nine interceptions and with added pressure, the Bengals defense should benefit off of the many mistakes that will occur.
4. Patriots vs. PITT
Despite the absence of three key defensive starters, the Patriots defense managed to muster a monstrous effort against the Dolphins in week eight. With six sacks and three turnovers last week, New England displayed a group with young energy. Chandler Jones is emerging as a very nice pass rusher for this team and with the addition of Issac Sopoaga via trade, the Patriots defense is quickly improving. The Steelers offensive line is filled with injuries and the water buffalo has absorbed 27 sacks in just seven games. The New England front seven will be no match for a Steelers team that is in absolute shambles.
5. Saints vs. NYJ
The Jets have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses and the Saints have recorded five interceptions and four fumble recoveries over the past four weeks. New Orleans has recorded the fifth-most interceptions (9) and they match up with a gunslinger that has a shaky hand. Jets quarterback Geno Smith has accumulated 13 interceptions, which ranks him near the bottom of the league. The New York offensive line has allowed a second-most 29 sacks and a whopping 58 quarterback hits. The Saints will easily frustrate Geno Smith and wreak havoc in a home matchup with the white and green trimmed Jets.
6. Titans @ STL
Despite a poor showing against the 49ers two weeks ago, the Titans had an extra week to prepare for Kellen Clemens and the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have recorded 11 sacks over the past four games and 13 takeaways, which has helped improve their cause. This week the Rams square off with a Titans defense that is without starting quarterback Sam Bradford and top running back Zac Stacy will be less than 100 percent, as he battles an ankle sprain. Kellen Clemens is causing this offense to become very anemic, which makes the Titans a logical start this week.
7. Cowboys vs. MIN
If DeMarcus Ware can return this weekend, the Cowboys defense could make the Vikings look even more foolish. Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman are in a carousel and the organization has struggled to see competent play under center. Jason Garrett has made stopping Adrian Peterson the focal point this week and will look to capitalize on the nearly unavoidable mistakes by Vikings quarterbacks. The Cowboys defense has recorded a second-most 12 interceptions and 8 fumble recoveries this season, which means they could have a monster week against Minnesota.
8. Colts @ HOU
The Colts defense should see great results against a Texans team that is riddled with injuries. Case Keenum is leading the group and will see plenty of pressure versus a Colts team that has applied a great deal of duress to opposing quarterbacks. The Indianapolis defense has corralled 21 sacks in seven games and the Colts have a great chance to record multiple turnovers, which is something they have done in five of the six games they have played. If Keenum is pressured, he will make poor decisions, which will lead to a plethora of turnover opportunities for the Colts defense.
9. Ravens @ CLE
Campbell's soup managed to be slightly tastier than the cheap chicken noodle soup in local grocery stores. The Browns moved the ball against a very good Chiefs team, but Campbell doesn't have the skills needed to be a starter in this league. The Ravens recorded five sacks in week two versus Cleveland, while holding them to a measly six points. Baltimore has recorded just three turnovers in the past three weeks, but this has come at the hands of elite quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers. Only one team has allowed more quarterback hits than the Browns (68) and the Baltimore defense has corralled opposing gunslingers 20 times this season. The Ravens are coming off the bye week and are facing a conservative offense, which makes this group an interesting start this week.
10. Eagles @ OAK
The Eagles have suddenly become tightfisted against opponents in the scoring column, allowing 21 points or fewer in the last four games. The fantasy results haven't been as amazing in regard to turnovers and big plays, but Oakland is a great slump buster. Terrelle Pryor has struggled to move the ball through the air and is averaging a league worst 176 yards of passing per game. Pryor has recorded five interceptions in two games, which means a struggling Eagles defense should finally see more work.
Panthers vs. ATL
The Panthers are arguably the most consistent fantasy defense this season and have seen double-digit scoring production in five straight games. The Falcons passing attack has left little to be desired with weapons Julio Jones and Roddy White on the shelf, but they still are a high volume passing team. The Panthers defense has allowed the fewest points this season (96), while playing well over the past five games. Furthermore, the Panthers are seventh in sacks and sixth in takeaways, which add more matchup appeal this week.
Chargers @ WSH
The Chargers are quietly playing well and after allowing 20 points or more in the first five weeks of the season, San Diego allowed a combined 15 points to the Colts and Jags the past two weeks. The Washington offense is seventh in total yards, but the Chargers had a bye week to prepare for RG3 and the read-option, which will help the Chargers cause. Given the improved play of this defense over the past few weeks and the extra week to prepare, the ‘Bolts will fair well against the Washington, errr Bravehearts, I mean– Redskins