In fantasy football, defenses are one of the biggest variables for teams. They can either score 10 fantasy points or they can score -3. It’s all based on the matchups.
If you drafted a defense earlier than others, odds are you’re starting that defense every week. If not, the defense you drafted is probably a middle-of-the-road team with good matchups every other week. If this is the case, then you can afford to add and drop defenses every week and just play the matchups. Here are three defenses that have good matchups for Week 2 and should be in your starting lineup.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles’ defense was not a good defense last year. They had only 30 sacks and eight interceptions, 25th and 30th in the league. Against the Washington Redskins, the Eagles had two interceptions and three sacks. The defense was swarming the running back. However, they were still susceptible to the pass.
The Eagles welcome Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Rivers threw for 195 yards, four touchdowns and a late-game interception. He finished 10th in the league with 15 interceptions in 2012. The Chargers also don’t have much of a running game, which will force Rivers to throw a lot and give the Eagles defense tons of opportunities for interceptions.
Miami Dolphins: Last week, the Dolphins picked off Brandon Weeden three times and sacked him six times. Miami also has a stellar rush defense as they held Trent Richardson to only 47 yards. When all was said and done, the Dolphins’ defense scored 17 points, third among defenses in Week 1.
This week, the Dolphins take on the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck didn’t throw an interception last week. The Dolphins may not be able to stop him from scoring, but they will knock Luck around a few times. Also, with news that running back Vick Ballard is out for the year, Ahmad Bradshaw will be the No. 1 guy. The Dolphins will shut down the running game for a second week in a row.
Cleveland Browns: In what could be the biggest sleeper this year, the Browns are worth being in starting lineups this week. They picked off Ryan Tannehill once and sacked him four times. The Browns, despite giving up a rushing touchdown, rendered the Dolphins’ run game pretty much useless. They allowed only 20 rushing yards.
The Browns go up against the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco threw two interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked four times. Albeit against a great Denver Broncos defense, Flacco was under pressure all game. Cornerback Joe Haden will most likely cover No. 1 wide receiver Torrey Smith all game, forcing Flacco to rely on Marlon Brown, Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson.