Ranking the Raiders best coaching candidates to replace Jon

Well, so much for all those things we thought we knew going into the season, right? Oh, sure, we got a few things right -- the Lions and Jets are bad, the Seahawks and Cardinals offenses are lethal, and Urban Meyer Justin Grimm Jersey  might be in over his head -- but ultimately, there were a ton of surprises (which isn't really surprising). Of course, fantasy football owners  think hey know it all now, which is even more dangerous. We try to maintain some levity with our Week 2 fantasy defense rankings, but let's face it, we're not immune from some overreaction, too. We always preach looking for D/ST sleepers and streamers anyway, but we're still trying to be cautious as we approach the second week of the season.

For instance, are the Steelers terrible offensively or is the Bills defense just that tough? We're not sold the Steelers present a "favorable" matchup yet, which is why we're not vaulting the Raiders to top-15 status. Ditto for the Titans (at Seahawks) and Bills (at Dolphins). That said, we are pretty convinced that the rookie QBs in Jacksonville (vs. Browns) and New York (vs. New England) are going to continue to have growing pains, at least for a while.


Likewise, we're not worried about the Tampa defense (vs. Falcons) or Indy's (vs. Rams), though we don't nece sarily love their respective matchups this week.


And there's that key word --  Jon Lester Jersey matchups. That's what it's all about with D/ST. We certainly still have a lot to learn about both defenses and offenses, but there are a few things we know. It looks Daniel Jones and Jared Goff will continue to be generous to D/STs, which is why we have Tyler Chatwood Jersey  Washington (vs. Giants) and Packers (vs. Lions) so high despite the latter laying a complete egg against New Orleans. We don't trust Sam Darnold or Jameis Winston fully yet, so the Saints (@ Panthers) and Panthers (vs. Saints) are both in play as streamers, too. We're also going to pick on Taylor Heinicke (vs. Giants) every chance we get until he proves us wrong, and we like the Cardinals impre sive pa s rush enough to put them on the start-sit bubble against the Vikings.


Again, we'll learn a lot more as we really dig into the numbers this week, but the bottom line is there's never an excuse for playing a D/ST in a bad matchup -- you know, once we figure out what constitutes such a thing.


Note:  We'll be updating these D/ST rankings as needed throughout the week. so check back for the latest movement and analysis.


Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 2: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy footballRankPlayer1New England Patriots @ NYJ2Los Angeles Rams @ IND3Washington Football Team vs. NYG4Denver Broncos @ JAX5New York Giants @ WAS.The Giants were le s than impre sive in Week 1 (two sacks Brad Brach Jersey , takeaway), but a Thursday night matchup against Taylor Heinicke in Washington should energize them. Heinicke was fairly efficient in relief of Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) last week, but he's the type of inexperienced QB who could be rattled by the short week and New York's big-play secondary.6Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL.Tampa gave up its fair share of yards and scores to the Cowboys pa s-happy attack, but after Atlanta was held completely in check by the Eagles (six points, 260 total yards), we expect the Bucs to show why they were considered a top-tier D/ST in virtually every draft this year.7New Orleans Saints @ CAR.The Saints thoroughly dominated the Packers in Week 1 (two sacks, two INTs, three points allowed), so even without Marshon Lattimore (thumb), they have plenty of upside against Nico Hoerner Jersey  Sam Darnold and the Panthers. Carolina allowed just one sack and a lost fumble against the Jets, but the level of competition is definitely tougher this week. Darnold is still Darnold after all, and the potential for him  Jose Quintana Jersey "seeing ghosts" against a decent defense is always high.8Green Bay Packers vs. DET.Green Bay was awful against Jameis Winston in Week 1; Detroit scored 33 points against the 49ers. The Packers seem too high, right? Maybe, but their defense isn't that bad, and Detroit did most of its damage in garbage time. Prior to that, the Lions gave up three sacks, and Jared Goff threw a brutal pick-six. With this game being played in prime-time in Lambeau (Detroit's personal house of horrors), we expect Green Bay to come out flying and live up to this ranking.9Carolina Panthers vs. NO.Jameis Winston might not be the same old Jameis, but we kn
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