November 8, 2023, 4:43 pm
“Start” These are going to be D/STs that are rostered that you shouldn’t think twice about starting.
“Sit” These are going to be the D/STs that need to be benched until next week’s evaluation.
“Stream” These are going to be the D/STs that are sitting on your waiver wire begging to be picked up.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
The Steelers have been one of the best D/ST’s in the league. They’ll be going against an unhealthy and struggling Packers team. The Steelers are D/ST4 on the season and they’ve looked good against teams that are as talented as the Packers.
Easy start here for the Cowboys who just took a tough loss to a division rival. No way the D/ST1 lets this game end with a loss. This offense is hurt and if they couldn’t get it done against the Raiders then they have no hope against Dallas.
The Ravens might be the best defense in the league. They are D/ST3 on the season, but this might look like a tough game for them against a tough defense. This will be a battle of the defenses but the Ravens offense should come out on top which should allow the Ravens D/ST to put up more numbers.
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings
Atlanta Falcons @ Arizona Cardinals
Arguably no surprises here outside of the Cardinals. These teams will be facing up against good offenses. The Ravens are elite, the Vikings are resurged with Joshua Dobbs, and the Cardinals are getting their key players back. All of these teams are playing away which doesn’t help their situation. Sits.
New England Patriots *(48.5) vs. Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks *(34.7) vs. Washington Commanders
Cincinnati Bengals *(15.1%)vs. Houston Texans
I like the idea of the Patriots playing at home against the Colts who will probably rely on the run game. It’s hard to win on the road and to add on that: A different country. I expect the Patriots are more prepared for that than the Colts are. The Colts are banged up in the receiving core and Gardner Minshew doesn’t necessarily cut it, so Jonathan Taylor will be the best bet for the Colts against this Pats D/ST (Same D/ST that kept Brian Robinson under 65 rushing yards, Raheem Mostert under 50, and James Cook under 60.) This D/ST is due for something big. The Seahawks are going to have fun with a Commanders offense that is still finding their footing. Most of their points are going to come from sacking the QB, but with the way the Commanders have been passing the ball, I’m sure they’ll get a TO or two. The Texans just came off of their best offensive game, no way they follow it up with a similar performance in an away game against a contending team.