It is time to review Week 6’s defensive points allowed data.
In addition to traditional points allowed metrics, this weekly piece features various data points by position. Not only do our readers get access to more data that allows for a full view of what defenses allow, the data is presented as a heat map. Green will indicate an above average matchup in a particular statistic, while red indicates a below average data point.
All of the running back, wide receiver and tight end data points use PPR scoring. Four-points per passing touchdown is used for quarterbacks.
Quarterbacks – Defensive Stats Allowed
(Data sorted by Fantasy Points per Attempt).
Unsurprisingly, we have a new leader in passing touchdown rate allowed. Cleveland has allowed three passing touchdowns in four straight games and opposing passers have yet to score fewer than 21.2 fantasy points in a single game against them. Andy Dalton should shred this defense at home in Week 7.
While Jacksonville has a reputation for owning a porous secondary, the Jags’ have quietly improved as the season has gone along. They are 3rd-to-last in yards/attempt allowed (6.15) and rank 8th in FootballOutsiders’ Passing Defense DVOA.
After allowing an embarrassing QB9 week to Ryan Fitzpatrick back in Week 2, the Bills’ easily have one of the best secondaries in the league. HC Rex Ryan’s unit owns the leagues best touchdown-to-interception ratio (0.50) and have allowed a string of just QB32, QB27, QB26, and QB16 weeks in their past four games.
Even though New Orleans ranks a respectable 8th in fantasy points allowed per drop-back, don’t be fooled: They are still a bottom-3 secondary. New Orleans has permitted a top-8 passer in four of their first 5 games.
Running Backs – Defensive Stats Allowed
(Data sorted by PPR Points per RB touch).
San Francisco’s run defense is completely non-existent right now. The ‘Niners have slipped to 28th in FootballOutsiders’ Rushing Defense DVOA and are now permitting the most rushing yards/game (148.7). Jacquizz Rodgers saw 36 opportunities in the Bucs’ last game with Doug Martin (hamstring) still hampered. Rodgers will draw another start in Week 7 against the leagues’ new worst run defense.
After allowing a pair of top-13 RB (PPR) performances in Week 1-2, Baltimore’s run defense has really stiffened over the past month. The Ravens’ front-7 is allowing the 3rd-fewest rushing yards per contest (65.5).
Atlanta’s run defense has been respectable (4.05 YPC allowed; 15th-best) through their first five games, but they are allowing the league’s most receiving yards/game to opposing backs (70.5). Melvin Gordon has been a volume driven fantasy commodity all season long, but he could get loose in the passing game a few times in Week 7 with the Falcons’ slow-footed linebackers in pursuit.
Wide Receivers – Defensive Stats Allowed
(Data sorted by PPR Points per WR target).
Even though Carson Palmer and the Cardinals’ passing offense came out flat in Week 6, the Jets’ secondary is still a premier matchup for opposing wideouts. They are allowing nearly a full extra yard per target (10.44) to receivers than the next worst team (Carolina: 9.59 yards/target).
Without CB Sam Shields (concussion, I.R.), the Packers continue to be bludgeoned by wide receivers. The Packers have allowed a top-18 receiver in every single game since Week 1, when Shields was last healthy. Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith could have massive games in Green Bay on Thursday Night.
What the Broncos’ and Vikings’ are doing to opposing wide receivers this season is nothing short of amazing. The third best team on a yards per target basis against wideouts (Atlanta; 6.94 yards/target allowed) is still permitting an extra +1.41 yards more than Denver and Minnesota right now.
Tight Ends – Defensive Stats Allowed
(Data sorted by PPR points per TE target).
Most fantasy owners probably wouldn’t imagine it, but the Bengals are an easy target against tight ends right now. Cincinnati is permitting the most yards/reception (14.4) so far after facing Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in Week 6. What’s more, the Bengals have allowed four total touchdowns (4th-most) to tight ends on just 6.3 targets/game (6th-fewest).
On the flip side, the Giants are facing the 2nd-most targets/game (9.2) to opposing tight ends, but their linebacking/safety corps is permitting just 5.04 yards/target (3rd-fewest) to the position.
Even though the Titans have played sneaky good pass defense so far this season with their limited personnel and they currently rank 21st in fantasy points/target allowed to tight ends, they are still allowing the 8th-most yards/reception (13.33) to the position.
Make note that the Eagles are facing the fewest targets/game to opposing tight ends (3.0). The Eagles’ notoriously bled fantasy points to the position last year – but opposing offenses are shying away from their linebacking/safety corps this season.