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Week 15 – Team Defense Rankings

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While the Seahawks lost Brandon Browner to a four-game suspension last week, fellow corner Richard Sherman had a terrific game against the Cardinals with a fumble recovery, three pass deflections, two interceptions and a touchdown.

Sherman set the tempo for what turned out to be the Seattle’s biggest blowout victory in franchise history as they steam rolled Arizona 58 to nothing. For those of you that have stayed with the Seahawks defense all year, you’ve been waiting for a game like this, and it clearly paid off in the first round of the fantasy playoffs.

Now the question is, if Sherman receives his suspension this week, should we trust the Seahawks in a road game against the Bills?

The Seahawks are a different team on the road but even if Sherman is out, this team appears to not only have their eye on the playoffs, but a huge game against the 49ers in two weeks that could give Seattle the division championship.

I don’t believe they will look past the Bills and this game will have an interesting twist as the matchup is set to be played in Toranto, not Buffalo. Furthermore, the Seahawks will be helped by the injury of Fred Jackson (knee) who was placed on injured reserve on Monday.

We also need to keep in mind that Head Coach Pete Carroll used to be a defensive backs coach for the Jets (coached under Bill Parcells) before he was a head coach with the New England Patriots.

That means the secondary is his specialty and it should be no surprise that Walter Thurmond stepped in and shut down Larry Fitzgerald last week, as he filled in for Brandon Browner. Let’s also not forget that Seattle has two pro bow caliber safeties in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

I’m willing to roll with the Seahawks next week based on the way they dominated the Cardinals and that they have so much to play for down the stretch. Give them top five consideration this week as we have another week of tough matchups for top flight defenses.

What Did We Learn From Week 14?

– The Bengals defense played a good game, but Cincinnati’s offense failed to help them much in the second half and left them on the field one too many times at the end. A quick turnaround this week, the Bengals should have opportunities against a young Eagles offense with a struggling offensive line.

– While the Jets have their problems at quarterback and receiver, the defense has played well over recent weeks. Over the past two weeks New York has allowed a total of 16 points to their opponents and a Monday night matchup against the Titans should mean good things again.

It all depends on how Jake Locker plays as the young quarterback has had a tough sophomore season. I expect Locker to lead the Titans to more than 10 points in a prime time game at home, but he’s struggled against 3-4 base defenses, especially a Rex Ryan defense that will give him deceptive multiple looks that can confuse a young quarterback.

Sean’s Week 15 Watch List

– If Cecil Shorts is out again (concussion) this week, look to the Dolphins as one of the top plays for team defense. Back at home, they will face a Jaguars offense that is decimated with injuries. Even is Shorts plays with should like the Dolphins as a top five defense, but without him we could see a monster performance by Miami and it’s worth picking them up off the waiver wire.

– I would hope the Cardinals will pick themselves up off the turf and play a competitive game against the Lions in Arizona this week. If not, expect Detroit’s defense to have a field day and you should walk away with a top flight defensive fantasy performance.

It should be a productive game for the Lions defense no matter what as the Cardinals are struggling mightily on offense, no matter who is at quarterback or running the football.

Week 15 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K | D | Waivers | Start – Sit |  

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1 Dolphins Jaguars
2 Lions @ Cardinals
3 Seahawks @ Bills
4 Jets @ Titans
5 Bengals @ Eagles
6 Packers @ Bears
7 Raiders Chiefs
8 Broncos @ Ravens
9 Patriots 49ers
10 Rams Vikings
11 Panthers @ Chargers
12 Vikings @ Rams
13 Redskins @ Browns
14 Texans Colts
15 Bears Packers
16 Steelers @ Cowboys
17 Titans Jets
18 49ers @ Patriots

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