Now if ever there were a spot on your fantasy football team that was reliant upon match-ups, the Defense/Special Teams slot is the one. Nevertheless, of course you knew that. And for many of you, you based your drafting strategy on the basis that you would just select the best defensive option off of waivers every week, knowing that who the defense was up against was much more important than the defense itself…at least when it comes to trying to project fantasy point performance.
Knowing that, it is easy to pick project the top five or 6 defenses when going into a new fantasy football week, and it is no different here in Fantasy Football Week 8. However, if you can take advantage of stats that are good for projecting future performance, then you are a lot more likely to come out with a top performing defense. But hey, that’s why I’m here.
Here are your fantasy football rankings for Week 8:
1. Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Minnesota Vikings) – The Vikings are the fourth worst team in terms of average yards per pass, which is one of the most predictive stats in terms of projecting a team’s performance going forward. The Eagles have an outstanding defense, which has given up more than 20 points only once this season. Adrian Peterson is about the only bright spot on the Vikings’ offense, and the Eagles have been stellar at stopping the run for the majority of the season. Expect the Eagles to give up very few points against the Minnesota Vikings, and their pressure style of defense should cause quite a few turnovers against this Minnesota offense.
2. New York Jets (vs. Buffalo Bills) – While the Jets did not prove to be too good defensively against the Cincinnati Bengals, it will not matter this week. The Bills have a horrible passing game and only gain 6.2 yards per ass, the 6th worst in the league. Expect the Jets to suffocate the running game and render few points against a Bills offense that is having trouble figuring out whom to start at quarterback. And you know the old saying, “If you have 2 quarterbacks, you really don’t have any.”
3. Oakland Raiders (vs. Tennessee Titans) – Most of you might expect me to pick the Titans in this match-up, but I think this game will play out a lot differently then you expect. While the Raiders did not move the ball all that well last week, they can be very efficient passing the ball, and I think that efficiency will prevail in Week 8 of fantasy football. And with Vince Young questionable, the Titans offense cannot expect to put up the points that they put up in Fantasy Football Week 7. Even with VY, the Titans only gain 6.3 yards per pass attempt and score 19.4 points per game. Not even VY’s rushing ability can project them scoring too many points against a formidable Raiders’ defense.