In the 2015 Fantasy Football Playoffs, you will be able to find a few defenses on waivers with choice matchups.
The 2015 Fantasy Playoffs won’t start until Week 14 in most leagues, but The So-Called Fantasy Experts wanted to help you save time and narrow down some solid options. It’s good to know what your options are now to start planning for the last few weeks of the season.
The good news is that your opponents who have a clear playoff spot are probably on cruise control right now and don’t care about finding optimal defensive matchups. They aren’t looking at the waiver wire anymore, and you should be taking advantage of that fact.
Until the very end of the 2015 Fantasy Football playoffs, you should always be on the alert for players who can make your team better.
To help you gain even more of an edge, we also added a defense in Week 13 to play as a bonus. Let’s take a look at some of the Fantasy Football defenses you should be targeting for your 2015 Fantasy Football playoffs.
Defenses for the 2015 Fantasy Football Playoffs
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
While the Steelers’ defense is far from elite, it is actually surprisingly efficient at shutting down opposing running backs. Entering Week 11, the Steelers defense has only allowed five rushing touchdowns to opposing teams this season and an average of 93 rushing yards per game.
The Colts’ offense has only scored four rushing touchdowns this season, which means the Steelers should be able to effectively limit or completely shut down the rushing attack.
The Steelers’ defense won’t be overwhelmed by the rushing attack. The defense also won’t be overwhelmed by the 40-year old Matt Hasselbeck, who will just focus on not turning the ball over. If the Steelers’ defense starts your team off with 10 Fantasy points in Week 13, they have a relatively safe floor at six to seven points.
So far this season, the Colts have averaged 21.5 points per game with Hasselbeck as the field general. Hasselbeck was only able to score one touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4, however, and Indianapolis had to rely on Adam Vinateri for three field goals to win the game.
With the floor being safe, I also think this opens the door for massive upside. He’s only played in six games this season, but Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 314.5 passing yards per game. If Big Ben can help the Steelers jump out to an early lead, that is going to force the Colts to rely on Hasselbeck to keep Indianapolis in the game.
If you look at the Hasselbeck’s career since 2009, he has thrown 56 touchdown passes and 54 interceptions. If the Steelers can force the veteran quarterback into a shoot out, Hasselbeck won’t have the arm to compete. He will start making poor decisions, which the Steelers’ defense will quickly capitalize on.
The Steelers’ defense is only owned in 49.7 of ESPN leagues right now. Pittsburgh has a bye in Week 11 and then faces the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12, which means this defense will still be on waivers when Week 13 rolls around. Snag them then.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Cleveland Browns
As soon as Johnny Manziel was listed as the starter for the rest of the season, I immediately went out and looked at his schedule from now until Week 16.
In standard scoring leagues, the 49ers’ defense ranks dead last. There are actually three games in which the 49ers’ defense scored negative points, and this defense is allowing an average 24.77 points per game.
You may be asking why I would recommend San Francisco if it has been so underwhelming this year. If you look at the Browns’ offense, they have one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. So far in 2015, Cleveland has only scored two rushing touchdowns and is averaging just 75.6 rushing yards per game. Without a rushing attack, Manziel has to do everything himself.
Even though Manziel did throw for 372 yards against the Steelers, the defense for Pittsburgh still racked up 15 Fantasy points against him in Week 10.
San Francisco plays the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 and Chicago Bears in Week 13, so add this defense after Week 12 if you want them before they face Manziel.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
When the Colts’ defense squared off against the Texans’ offense in Week 5, they only scored two points for Fantasy players. But, the Colts’ defense will not have to figure out how to bottle up Arian Foster. Also, T.J. Yates may be the starting quarterback.
It’s still going to be nearly impossible to shut down DeAndre Hopkins, but what you are banking on here is Yates starting and making a lot of mistakes. I also love the fact that the Texans were forced to sign Brandon Weeden to add depth until Hoyer can start. If Yates gets hurt or is ineffective, you should start any defense facing Houston for the rest of the season because Weeden may very well end up as the starting quarterback at some point.
Obviously there’s still a lot of time for Hoyer to return to action, but keep a close eye on what is going on with the Texans through the next several weeks.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns
Fire up another defense facing Manziel!
The defense for the Chiefs is only owned in 39.5% of ESPN leagues right now, but this defense is the seventh-highest scoring in standard leagues. It’s true that the Chiefs’ defense has recorded a few games with negative points for Fantasy players this season, but this defense also has five games with 10 or more Fantasy points.
If the Chiefs were able to intercept four of Peyton Manning’s passes, I don’t think they will have a problem with doing the same to Manziel.
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