Charch's Week 2 Defense Rankings


The Rams gave up 16 points and forced four turnovers over two games against the Cards last season, including pitching a shutout at home. The Skins ran right through the Cards' O-line, so it's safe to expect Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh to have field days on Bradford. The Rams are coming off a three-interception game against David Carr, so the new look defense already appears to be gelling - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 10/10

The Bills look ripe for the taking of Cleveland's reign as fantasy matchup doormat. Everyone remembers last season's Nathan Peterman fiasco where the Chargers forced six turnovers, summoning Tyrod Taylor back in for two garbage time, solace touchdowns. The current Bills QBs have a total of three career starts under their belts. Whether it's Josh Allen or (shudders this time) Peterman again, the Chargers should have plenty of opportunities for turnovers and defensive touchdowns. In their three games against minimal experience starters (Petty, Kizer, and Peterman) last season, the Chargers gave up 24 total points and forced ten turnovers. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10


The last time the Raiders visited Mile High, they managed only 10 points, allowing the ghost of CJ Anderson to average almost five yards per carry, and that was with Khalil Mack. The Raiders offensive line did a surprisingly good job of keeping Carr upright against Donald and Suh (only one sack allowed), but seeing Von Miller (three sacks in Week 1) and Bradley Chubb, especially on a short week, isn't much of an upgrade. Carr still threw three interceptions, including a pick-six, while the Broncos picked off Russell Wilson twice, so the odds of turnovers and defensive touchdowns should be high - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10


Chicago's ability to contain mobile quarterbacks has quietly flown under the radar. In 2017, against Cam Newton's Panthers and DeShone Kizer's Browns, the Bears gave up six total points and forced six turnovers, including two pick-six's off Cam. This is even disregarding what Mack did to Kizer in his brief appearance on SNF (two more turnoverss, including a pick-six). Russell Wilson is coming off a game where he was sacked six times, threw two interceptions, and fumbled twice (but kept both), so there are clearly offensive line issues in Seattle. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10

The last time Baltimore visited Cincinnati (Week 1 2017), the Ravens shut them out behind five turnovers from Andy Dalton, whom was also sacked five times and suffered six QB hits. Terrell Suggs (six career sacks of Dalton) and Mosley should be able to pressure the Red Rifle as they anchor the defense that gave up the second-fewest points per game to opposing QBs last season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9/10

Say what you want about the Bucs, but they surely know how to open a season. The past three years, Tampa has opened with wins at Atlanta, vs. Chicago, and, maybe most shockingly this season, at New Orleans. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to sustain that success as they lost in the following week each year. And this season, they get a date with the defending Super Bowl Champions. Tampa beat the Saints with the long ball, scoring four TOUCHDOWNs of over 30 yards. Despite giving up over 200 receiving yards to Julio Jones in Week 1, the Eagles defense only gave up two plays of over 30 yards. The Eagles can get it done in the trenches too, evidenced by their two goal line stands. It's simply hard to put points on these Eagles - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

The Jaguars gave Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots fits in last season's AFC Championship game, limiting the MVP to 10 points and zero touchdowns in the first half. Everyone knows how that game ended, but Jacksonville still has the tools to set and forget. The Jags, coming off an impressive performance against the upstart Giants, will be only tougher this week as Dante Fowler Jr. returns from suspension to an already crowded front line for the defense that gave up the fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks last season. The Patriots are coming off a sloppy Week 1 performance that saw the offense commit three turnovers against their little brothers (the Texans). - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

Tyrod Taylor faced the Saints last season at home and managed only five first downs and three points before being benched for Nathan Peterman (cringes). Taylor threw a pick, averaged less than four yards per attempt and was sacked twice. In fact Taylor leads all QBs in sacks taken over the past two seasons with 88, so his scrambling does have some drawbacks. It will be Taylor's first visit to the Superdome, which is not a kind place to first-year visitors either. Last season, first timers not named Kirk Cousins combined for one touchdown and three interceptions in their maiden voyages. Notwithstanding, the Browns surrendered the second-most points per game last season (26) and led the league in giveaways (2.6 per game). The Saints were on the opposite end of the spectrum: fourth in points per game (28) and ninth in takeaways (1.6 per game). - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10

Minnesota lucked out by getting two (essentially) Aaron Rodgers-less matchups against the Packers last season, leading to the Vikes giving up only 10 total points across the two matchups. However, last time a healthy Rodgers faced the Vikings (Week 16 2016), he torched them for 347 yards and five touchdowns (one rushing). The Vikings did force four turnovers and sacked Jimmy G three times, and we all saw what Mack did to the Packers O-line in Week 1, so there will be potential for big defensive plays, which should make up for Rodgers putting up points. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8/10


Over the past two seasons, the Titans' QBs have struggled mightily against the Texans. Mariota and Matt Cassel combined for only two touchdowns against six interceptions over the four divisional games. Mike Vrabel might have an inside scoop having spent the previous four seasons as a Texans defensive coach, but his team didn't make a great first impression against the Dolphins as his QBs (Mariota and Gabbert this time) combined for three interceptions. A finally-healthy Texans defense forced three turnovers of their own against the Patriots in an inspiring effort in Week 1. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8/10


The last time the Jets hosted the Dolphins, they held them to six points, picking off Jay Cutler once (and the punter once too!) and sacking him three times. Most impressive was probably the shutting down of the Miami run game, limiting their four rushers to 30 yards on 15 carries. Tannehill was sharp in his return (20/28, 230 yards), but he still threw two picks. The young Jets secondary, manned by Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, and a rejuvenated Morris Claiborne, will make it tough to beat them through the air. Just ask Matt Stafford…that trio picked him off four times - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10

The Redskins did a pretty good job of shutting down David Johnson (14 touches for 67 total yards) en route to giving up only six points on the road in the desert, forcing two turnovers off Bradford to go along with two sacks. The Skins next get the Colts, the opponent that yielded the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, giving up six defensive touchdowns in 2017. The Colts gave up 56 sacks last season too, so expect Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith (21 combined sacks in 2017) to bounce back from their tackle-less games against the Cardinals - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10

Over their five-game win streak to close out last season, the 49ers gave up less than 20 points per game, but they only forced six turnovers over that span with an even less impressive eight total sacks. DeForest Buckner looked impressive with 2.5 sacks in the opener, but the Niners were still only able to force one turnover despite giving up a respectable 24 points. However, the matchup is too juicy to ignore. The Lions will be playing on the west coast on a short week, coming off a disheveling home performance which saw Stafford and Cassel combine for five interceptions. Since 2015, Stafford has played four games on the west coast (including a London game). In those games, he has three touchdowns and four interceptions. Dude doesn't like to travel. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10


The Panthers only managed 30 total points over two games against the Dirty Birds last season, including only putting up 10 in Atlanta in Week 17, a game in which Cam barely completed 40% of his passes and threw three picks. Cam hasn't been able to pass on the Falcons in their past four meetings, averaging only 170 yards per game, similarly limiting Foles to 117 yards in Week 1. Losing Keanu Neal to a torn ACL hurts, but Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford should be able to maintain the No Fly Zone. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10

The Bengals gave up the third-fewest fantasy points to WRs in 2017, surrendering only 12 touchdowns. The Ravens WRs themselves only scored 11 touchdowns last season. Flacco does have some new toys in Snead, John Brown, and Crabtree, but he still doesn't seem to favor his WRs. If the Bengals, can hone in the Ravens' run game (only 3.4 YPC in Week 1), they could be a sneaky streaming play considering the TNF start and playing at home. The Bengals did force two turnovers and score a defensive touchdown in Week 1 as well. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7/10