Who to start and who to sit? It’s the one question you need to answer right in order to do well in fantasy football. You won’t get it right every time but the Bruno Boys will help you work through those tougher decisions, to build an informed and confident starting lineup.
Our Team Defense or Defense and Special Teams (DST) Starts and Sits look specifically at which defenses you can start or stream, and the ones you can bench or leave in free agency.
A number of things are considered like the opposing offense, game scripts, injuries, and whether a mismatch is big enough to shift the tide one way or another. We will rarely talk about points allowed because most NFL teams can score over 20 points in a game. Points allowed are a phantom stat that disappears the minute the opposing team scores.
Instead we look at which defenses can force turnovers and sacks, which turn into points off turnovers. We try to zero in on the matchups that will benefit those that score yards allowed, force 3 and outs, and reward 4th down stops. In other words, we want tangible points that won’t go away on the last whistle.
Here are the Week 14 Fantasy Football Team Defenses to Sit.
Los Angeles Rams Team Defense at Arizona Cardinals
Last week marked just the second time that the Rams team defense scored at least 10 points. A lot of weeks they’re middling around 7.0-8.0 points but rarely have they been able to accumulate enough sacks and turnovers to score significant points. They’ve also allowed three of their last four opponents to reach 28 points. It seems unless they’re facing one of the weaker teams in the league, the Rams defense is just average.
As for the Cardinals, they’ve allowed just two teams to score over 10 points. Kyler Murray was sidelined for one of them. Murray and Colt McCoy do a good job not making mistakes and playing clean football. They’ve put up 25.0 points on eight occasions, including in Week 4 against these Rams. Don’t be surprised if they do it again in Week 14.