OK, now with that out of the way, let’s get into some analysis, shall we? And what better way to kick things off than with the marquee matchup of Week 6: Washington at Miami!
Washington started off the week by firing head coach Jay Gruden way too early in the morning. You could say it was a ... GRUDE awakening. Alright, I’ll see myself out. Bill Callahan was named interim coach and has already stated that Dwayne Haskins won’t get a crack at starting Sunday vs. the Dolphins. So it’s either Case Keenum, who is nursing a foot injury and had a 7.2 QBR the last time he played in Week 4 vs. the Giants. Or we get some more Colt McCoy, who had 4.4 yards per pass last week against the Patriots.
I know it’s the Dolphins, and they’re in full-blown tank mode, but part of me thinks Miami coming off a bye week at home vs. a Washington team in arguably more turmoil is a decent value spot. Coaching and QB concerns aside, it’s not like Washington has any threatening offensive studs. And to be fair, Miami has had a pretty rough draw out the gate: Ravens, Patriots, Cowboys, Chargers. Those are all potential playoff teams/Super Bowl contenders. Maybe the Dolphins won’t play half bad against their competition for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Also worth noting is the Panthers and Buccaneers being off the main slate with a 9:30 a.m. ET lock time playing in London. We saw how good Carolina’s D/ST unit can be last week despite surrendering a decent amount of points. Nothing against my dude Gardner Minshew II, but when the Panthers face a below-average QB, they’re usually successful. Insert Jameis Winston across the pond and I think we’ve got another strong week for Carolina D/ST, which forced three fumbles — one returned for a TD — against Jacksonville. Again, don’t get caught up in the Bucs’ offensive potential. As long as there are turnovers, there’s a chance at defensive TDs.
After watching the 49ers demolish the Browns at home in MNF, I can safely say their defense is legit. Sure, the Rams’ offensive line isn’t the Browns, but Jared Goff has been very suspect this season, throwing seven INTs while taking eight sacks. Let me repeat it again, FORGET THE SCOREBOARD. I don’t care if Los Angeles has Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Cooper Manning, Chris Cooper (that’s an actor). San Fran’s offense should force the Rams into throwing a lot. More dropbacks = more throws = more of a chance for an INT. More dropbacks = more throws = more chances for a sack. It’s simple math, really.
And lastly, if you’re feeling particularly crazy, the Jets have a sliver of appeal at home vs. the Cowboys. Dak Prescott threw three picks last week vs. the Packers, four straight games in at least one INT. Sam Darnold’s return should take some pressure off the defense and New York has some talent on the defensive side of the ball, it just needs to get healthy. Proceed with caution though.
If you have any additional questions about which D/ST to roll with in season-long, feel free to reach out to me via Twitter @SlateBreakerDFS. Good luck this week!
Defense/Special Teams rankings, Week 6
|1||New England Patriots||vs. New York Giants|
|2||Baltimore Ravens||vs. Cincinnati Bengals|
|3||Carolina Panthers||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4||New Orleans Saints||at Jacksonville Jaguars|
|5||Denver Broncos||vs. Tennessee Titans|
|6||Tennessee Titans||at Denver Broncos|
|7||Los Angeles Chargers||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|8||Dallas Cowboys||at New York Jets|
|9||Green Bay Packers||vs. Detroit Lions|
|10||San Francisco 49ers||at Los Angeles Rams|
|11||Miami Dolphins||vs. Washington|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||at Cleveland Browns|
|13||Minnesota Vikings||vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|14||Washington||at Miami Dolphins|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||at Minnesota Vikings|
|16||Kansas City Chiefs||vs. Houston Texans|
|17||Jacksonville Jaguars||vs. New Orleans Saints|
|18||Los Angeles Rams||vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|19||New York Jets||vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|20||Pittsburgh Steelers||at Los Angeles Chargers|
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