This is the new and improved Cleveland Browns defense.
A defense that ranks atop the NFL by allowing 4.3 total yards per play — better than nearly a third of the league allows per rush.
A defense that's in the top 10 in points, rushing yards and passing yards allowed per game.
A defense that's constantly overlooked as a matchup advantage, when in reality it ranks third in fantasy points.
But finding a starting defense isn't the problem in fantasy, it's knowing which skill position players to play and when to play them.
The Broncos, Jets, Cardinals and Cowboys respectively allow the least rushing yards per game. But that doesn't mean you bench your running backs against all of them — look deeper into the statistics.
The Broncos and Cowboys allow the most passing yards per game and are in the bottom 10 in points allowed per game. When teams are allowing a ton of points and letting opponents drive the field, it sets up for goal-line carries. Denver has allowed four rushing touchdowns, fourth most in the league, while Dallas has allowed two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns by a running back.
The Jets and Cardinals, on the other hand, have significantly better passing defenses. New York ranks second in the NFL with 290 total yards per game, keeping teams out of the red zone and limiting goal-line carries. Arizona is middle of the pack by allowing 343 passing yards per game but has only allowed one rushing touchdown this season.
So feel good about Alfred Morris as the Redskins play at Dallas, and don't fret while starting Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew against the Broncos. However, if you have other options, sitting Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell against the Jets or San Francisco's Frank Gore against the Cardinals would be beneficial.
But don't take matchups so seriously that you bench your star players. Peyton Manning against any defense is greater than an average quarterback with an amazing matchup.
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SMART TO START
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub: He's looked horrible this season, but a favorable matchup with the Rams and his job on the line could be just what it takes.
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno: The Jaguars can't stop the run, and Denver will get up early and run out the clock for three quarters.
Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville will throw it a ton to try and keep up, and garbage time points are still fantasy points.
FIT TO SIT
Jets quarterback Geno Smith: The Steelers have only allowed eight passes of more than 20 yards, while the Jets thrive on the long ball.
Titans running back Chris Johnson: A struggling running back against one of the best defenses in the league in Seattle.
Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley: See Geno Smith.