For our purposes, knowing which NFL defenses are good is helpful, but it’s crucial to know which defenses allow gobs of fantasy points to certain positions.
These things change from season to season, but now, in Week 3 we’ve got a decent sample size to work with. Who’s better? Who’s worse? Let’s take a look.
The following chart shows what teams appear to be better and which appear to be worse based on my matchup rankings following Week 3’s games. Difference between final 2008 ranking and 2009 included:
|Better in 2009||Diff.||Worse in 2009||Diff.|
Compared to QB points allowed rankings, there isn’t nearly as big a difference in the RB ranks between 2009 and 2008. however, Denver skipped almost all of the NFL, going from 31st in 2008 to 1st after three weeks in 2009. Meanwhile, Philadelphia was the third best team against the run in 2008, but has an average rank of 19th through three weeks.
And, again like in the QB post, I’ve included the five best running back matchups and five worst running back matchups through three weeks. Numbers in parenthesis are last week’s rank. I’ve also included teams that were knocked out of the ranking from a week ago:
RB Heaven after Week 3
RB Hell after Week 3
New York Jets (2)
|Knocked out: Indianapolis (4), Philadelphia (5)||Knocked out: Cincinnatti (4), Arizona (5)|
Again, unlike the QBs, there are a lot of familiar faces on this list.
More post-Week 3 fantasy points allowed: Quarterbacks