Charch's Week 3 Defense Rankings

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Buffalo has already turned the ball over four times while allowing the Peterman-Rosen QB combo to be sacked 11 times, second-most in the league. LeSean McCoy's injury makes Kelvin Benjamin (pending a freak buffet accident) the #1 offensive option, so Josh Allen (who was sacked five times against a Joey Bosa-less Chargers defense) will not have much to rely on. The Minny D already has seven sacks of their own, and they forced four turnovers in their only other home game this season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 10/10   |   $4600

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CHI @ARI

Kahlil Mack's Thanos-ian effort through the first two games of the season has put the Chicago defense back on the map. Apart from Rodgers' fourth quarter miracle (Mack must not have the Time Stone yet), the Bears have only allowed 10 (17 after the MNF garbage time touchdown) points in the other seven quarters. Furthermore, the Bears already have two pick sixes on the season to go along with 10 sacks, most in the league. Arizona is last in total offense so far, having only scored six points. The Cardinals having given up only three sacks and three turnovers is more of a function of their offense's incapability of staying on the field, having only managed 19 first downs, last in the league. Pray for poor Sam Bradford. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 10/10   |   $4300

Jacksonville sometimes doesn't show up against bad teams, evidenced by uncharacteristic losses to the Jets, Cardinals, and 49ers last season, giving up over 30 points per game. To make matters worse, the Jags gave up 52 total points over two losses to the Titans too. The Jags are coming off a near-perfect game against the Patriots, shutting Brady out in the first half and limiting him to two (essentially) garbage-time touchdowns, but they've still only forced three turnovers and four sacks so far this season. With that said, the Titans have only scored two offensive touchdowns this season and are mired in quarterback uncertainty. The revenge factor could certainly lead to a Jags defensive romp, but there is a clear precedent of the Jags struggling in this setting. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $4700

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After an inspiring effort against the Patriots in the opener (three turnovers forced, two sacks), the Texans managed only one sack and ZERO turnovers against the Blaine Gabbert-led Titans. Still, the Texans only gave up one offensive touchdown at Tennessee (not counting the fake punt), and they now come home for the first time against the sputtering Giants offense. When considering yards per attempt, Houston's rushing defense is fifth-best (3.4). Furthermore, they haven't given up a rushing touchdown, but they also haven't seen a back like Saquon Barkley yet. Nonetheless, the Giants are coming off a game in which Eli was sacked six times (also in the state of Texas), so it's a safe bet for JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus to notch their first sacks of the season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $3900

The Rams haven't given up any points in six quarters and have given up only one touchdown all season. The defense is certainly getting it done, but they're certainly not being very sexy about it. They only have two sacks and have only forced four turnovers off the Derek Carr and Sam Bradford-led offenses. The Chargers themselves have only given up the ball twice and are keeping Rivers upright (three sacks allowed). That being said, Rivers was limited to five touchdowns over four meetings against the Wade Phillips-helmed Denver defense from 2015-2016, but he was also picked off five times and sacked 13 times. It'll be hard for the Rams to keep the score down against the Chargers, owners of the third-most potent offense (445 yards per game), and that is with the Chargers essentially taking the second half off against the Bills last week. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $4100

The Cleveland Browns rank first with eight takeaways (three interceptions, five fumble recoveries) and tied for fifth in sacks with seven. And that was against future Hall of Famers Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees. Enter QB Sam Darnold, coming off his own two turnover, three sack game, who will be making his third career start on the road during a short week. The Browns held the Steelers and Saints to 21 points each, but this week instead of seeing the likes of Antonio Brown and Alvin Kamara, they get Robby Anderson and Isaiah Crowell. Combine that with the Jets being third in giveaways (five), and The Land should land some turnovers. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 9/10   |   $3400

The Ravens are coming off a ghastly performance on Thursday where they gave up 37 points to the Bengals while failing to sack or turnover Andy Dalton. But don't forget what they did the week before: limiting the Bills to three points and 2.5 yards per play while amassing two interceptions and six sacks. The Ravens are off to a slow start to leading the league in takeaways again, but Case Keenum could provide a catalyst. He's already thrown four interceptions this season (only seven in 2017), and he was picked off while failing to throw a touchdown against the Ravens (at home) as a member of the Vikings last season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $3700

It's easy to overreact to the Eagles giving up four touchdowns on the road to Conor McGregor (or was itRyan Fitzpatrick?), but it's easier to remember how stellar the Philly defense has been at home. Since their Week 10 bye last season, the Eagles at home (six games, including two playoff) have given up only eight points per game, averaging two turnovers and two sacks in each. Philly has the best run defense so far (59 yards per game), so they should have no problem corralling Indy's 24th-best rushing attack. Luck will be looking to pass, much to Philly's delight as he has already coughed up the ball three times this season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $3800

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The Miami Dolphins have, surprisingly, forced the third-most turnovers this season with six. Now that was against Mariota/Gabbert and Darnold-led teams, but it shouldn't be any tougher this week against Derek Carr and the Raiders. Last season, Carr played four games in the Eastern Time Zone (including one at Miami) and managed only four touchdowns against seven interceptions, three fumbles (none lost), and six sacks taken. The Dolphins gave up 27 points to the Raiders last season, but that was mostly due to Marshawn Lynch scoring two touchdowns on over four yards per carry. The Dolphins have been better against the run this season, allowing only 3.3 yards per rush and one rushing touchdown over the first two games. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $3600

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NYJ @CLE

Surprisingly, the Jets are second in takeaways after two weeks (five interceptions, two fumble recoveries), but that could be more of a testament to Matt Stafford and Ryan Tannehill's early play. Cleveland has only turned the ball over once in each game (two Tyrod Taylor picks), but Taylor has already been sacked 10 times this season! The anemic Browns' offense and the Thursday Night Football assignment make this matchup appealing, especially considering they won't have to deal with Josh Gordon. Nonetheless, the Jets unit as a whole has been top 12 in passing yards and rushing yards allowed so far. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $3500

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Dallas enters Week 3 with the fifth-best passing defense in the league (183 yards per game) and 12th-best rushing defense (91 yards per game), the latter of which against Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley. However, this matchup really comes down to one stat: SACKS. Dallas is second in sacks with nine while Seattle has allowed the most sacks with 12. To put the cherry on top, the Seahawks' opponents' defenses have scored the most fantasy points so far this season. Yeah, sure this game is Seattle's home opener, but last time Jason Garrett brought his Cowboys to CenturyLink, they beat the Seahawks in the LOB's heyday after picking off Wilson once and sacking him twice. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $3500

The Patriots defense hasn't been anything to write home about so far, but the matchup is too appealing to ignore. The Lions' opponents' defenses have scored the third most fantasy points so far, largely thanks to six giveaways already this season, tied for most in the league. The Patriots have forced four turnovers themselves, albeit against the turnover prone Watson and Bortles, but the sack numbers aren't there (only three). Expect a bounce-back game on the national stage after being humiliated by the Jags. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $3500

Last chance, New Orleans! They haven't looked like the team that was top ten in sacks and takeaways last season, despite largely returning the same personnel. After defensive duds (at home nonetheless!) against the Bucs and Browns, the Saints head to Atlanta, which might finally get them marching. Last season against the Falcons, the Saints forced five turnovers, including four picks off Matty Ice (including three at Mercedes-Benz Stadium). Still, the Saints have only forced one turnover this season and only have three sacks. Similarly, Atlanta has only given up the ball twice and given up four sacks. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7/10   |   $3600

The Steelers have been a mess this season, having already turned the ball over six times (all of which on the road), tied for most in the league. The Big Ben home/road splits are very real; since 2015, he has thrown 26 interceptions in 23 games. Ben might not like the heat either. The last time he played in the sultry Florida air (Week 6, 2016 at Miami), he passed for only 189 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions and two sacks. Tampa has only forced four sacks so far this season, but their four forced turnovers against the Saints and Eagles are certainly impressive. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7/10   |   $3200

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In his only road game this season (at Carolina), Dak was sacked six times, lost a fumble, and was shut out for over three quarters, leading his team to only eight points. Dak struggled in his only other start against the Seahawks (Week 16, 2017 in Dallas), failing to throw (or rush) for a touchdown while being picked off twice, one of which a pick six, and getting sacked four times. Playing at CenturyLink is a whole different animal. The defense certainly looks different than in the past, but in Pete Carroll's last three home openers, his defense has given up just over six points per game. Expectations should be tempered considering the Seahawks have given up 51 points to Case Keenum and Mitchell Trubisky (although on the road). - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)
Charch's Rating: 7/10   |   $3400

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