A look at the state of team defenses in Week 2 of fantasy football leagues, with start/sit recommendations and position rankings.
Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis: The Cardinals salvaged their opener against Detroit with an early interception return for a touchdown. The deck was stacked against Arizona from the outset as a struggling offense had three turnovers that led directly or indirectly to Lions touchdowns. Assuming the offense rises to the occasion against a bad Colts defense, Arizona defenders could have a field day tormenting projected starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett. This is still a group that can fly around the field, pressure quarterbacks and create big plays that lead to fantasy scoring. For as long as quarterback Andrew Luck is out with a shoulder injury, Indianapolis warrants starting consideration for about two-thirds of fantasy defenses. It could be a gold mine for the Cardinals.
Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets: This is another obvious choice for the talents of the Oakland defense and the Jets’ serious limitations. Not only is New York leaning on a quarterback Josh McCown, who is at best a journeyman starter. The Jets are also razor-thin on viable NFL weapons and call Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse their top wideouts. The Raiders were stout in beating an improved Titans offense in Week 1, but they generated virtually zero big plays outside of one sack and they finished with just one fantasy point. Khalil Mack and company should have more success pressuring McCown, and the sky could be the limit from there. Pick-sixes, sacks and fumbles are all fair game, particularly if…
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