With 6 teams on bye in week 9 the choices for defenses is slimmer than normal. After looking at the matchups I realized that it will be a tough week for defenses, but I believe Pittsburgh’s defense is the team to own entering week 9. You can find a few gems if you dig through the waivers and really value the matchups. In week 8 there were 5 teams that finished with double digits and 4 of those teams were owned in at least 74% of leagues. The team that was under the 74% was the San Diego Chargers who were only owned in 8% of leagues. To qualify for this list the team must be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues.
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Pittsburgh Steelers(36%): The Steelers have a great matchup in week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco has only thrown 5 touchdowns while throwing 6 picks. The Steelers and Ravens have a history of strong defensive games and in the last 3 games played between the two rivals both squads have not combined to score 50 points in any game. I would expect this game to be another low scoring event.
Dallas Cowboys(15%): Well I think you all know why Dallas makes this list. If you don’t know its because they play the winless Cleveland Browns. While Cleveland’s offense has shown some life with Josh McCone under center, they are still a very poor team. Dallas’ defense has show the ability to stop opposing teams from finding the end zone. I would expect Cleveland to be settling for field goals in week 9.
Atlanta Falcons(13%): James Winston has thrown an interception in all but two games so far in 2016. The Falcons have been putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which does not help Winston keep the interceptions away. With Doug Martin still out with a hamstring injury, and Jacquizz Rodgers in a walking boot Rodgers is likely going to miss the Thursday night game. This is great news for the Falcons.