Who to start and who to sit? That’s the question that plagues everyone who plays fantasy football on a weekly basis?
Honestly, it’s the one question you need to answer right in order to do well in this crazy game of fantasy. Will you get it right all the time? No, because football will surprise, especially if you buy into the adage: On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team. But relax, we’re here to help you work through those decisions with as much information as you need to be confident in a decision you can stand by.
Here are the Week 5 Fantasy Football Team Defenses to Start.
Team defense is always a tricky position because you really need a commissioner who understands how to reward a defense. Points allowed is a nice idea stat, but most teams are able to score 20 points and unless your commish modifies that, team defenses will matter as much as a TE2 on your roster. So each week, we’re looking for which defenses can rack up points that can’t be taken away as the game goes on, opportunities for turnovers, sacks, and general chaos is where team defenses seize the moment.
We’ve circled the games where we see the chance for those opportunities for defenses are more likely, leading to a big splash in fantasy points, whether it be getting turnovers, hitting the quarterback, or controlling either the run, the pass, or the line, and establish the control of the pace of the game. That means stats like 3 and outs, 4th down stops, and yards allowed can impact your fantasy game.
New England Patriots Team Defense at Houston Texans
The Patriots team defense hasn’t had a start-worthy matchup since Week 2. Yet they’ve kept three teams under 20 points and could do it again this week. Houston has failed to score at least 10 points in back-to-back games and rookie quarterback Davis Mills has been sacked 7.0 times since becoming the starter. Last week he threw four picks and the Texans had five total turnovers. If the Patriots can get to the quarterback, other good things like turnovers can happen.