If your fantasy team needs some help on the defensive side of the ball, there are some solid sleeper options you can insert into your lineup as last-minute emergency plays before the games begin. These are not the top five overall options, but they are in good positions to succeed and may be available for a last minute plug-and-play option. All scoring references are to ESPN standard scoring
The Colts host St. Louis today in Indianapolis. Indy struggled last week against the Texans, but should fare better at home against Kellen Clemens. The Rams have allowed opposing defenses to score 32 points against them in their last three games. The one top option the Rams have is Zac Stacy, but there should be sacks and turnovers to be had if Indy can contain him and get a lead forcing Clemens to take to the air to beat them.
The Titans are in a great matchup this week as they host the Jags who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Titans D has forced multiple turnovers in all but two of their eight games while getting multiple sacks in every game. They should be in for another solid week and should be played in all formats.
The Dolphins visit Tampa on Monday Night in the ultimate last-minute option. They are coming off a game-winning walk-off safety and a huge performance against the Bengals offense which had been rolling along. They’ve had plenty of time to recover since that was last Thursday, but they’ve had plenty of distractions as well with th Incognito-Martin saga. They’ve been a solid defense all year and make a decent start against rookie QB Mike Glennon and the Bucs.
Houston’s D was almost universally drafted and expected to be among the best this year, but they’ve struggled and have been dropped in many leagues. This week a trip to Arizona to face Carson Palmer could result in a better showing and hopefully some turnovers. Playing the Cardinals means sack and interception opportunities if the Texans can capitalize on them.
The Bills D has been inconsistent, but they’ve had some nice performances. They’ll be in Pittsburgh this week against the struggling Steelers offensive line. Pittsburgh has given up the sixth-most points per game to opposing defenses, so the Bills could have a solid week and are an option if you need a “Hail Mary” play from the waiver wire this week.
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