Week 2 Lineup calls: D/ST's top starts, sleepers and flops

BY foxsports • September 17, 2010

Lineup calls: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | D/ST

Fantasy owners are already churning and burning defensive teams on the waiver wire.

Aside from the obvious pickups of Brandon Jackson or Austin Collie, fantasy owners have been working furiously to find that diamond in the rough while predicting the next dysfunctional offense. Many owners have voted with their add/drop efforts, calling out St. Louis and Denver as two suspect offenses (by picking up the Raiders and Seahawks).

It’s time for another run through the world of defensive/special teams "Lineup Calls." We’re still trying to determine the true identities of many units, and the schedule makers didn’t do us many favors. Let’s break it down together.

Top 5 defense/special teams

Defense/Special Teams Sleepers

Oakland vs. St. Louis

The Rams nearly staged a comeback win against the Cardinals in Week 1 on the strength of Sam Bradford’s arm, which must have been iced for days thereafter. The passing game is still inconsistent (Mark Clayton emerges as a No. 1 receiver?), and I expect a better effort in Week 2 against Steven Jackson than we saw against Chris Johnson. Oakland is an intriguing deeper play this weekend against the Rams.

Kansas City at Cleveland

The Chiefs produced a tremendous effort in the rain against the high-octane San Diego offense. They came up huge in the waning moments, standing tall in the red zone stand. The Browns have a suspect passing game at its base, and starter Jake Delhomme has been in a walking boot this week. Look for Romeo Crennel to get creative this week, and Dexter McCluster, “Offensive Weapon,” changes this one on special teams.

Defense/Special Teams Flops

Dallas vs. Chicago (both teams)

After watching both of these offenses at work in Week 1, the appearance of these defensive units on this list might take owners by surprise. However, both teams did demonstrate some positive attributes. The Bears need to clean up their red zone efforts and, well, the Cowboys need health on the offensive line. It’s definitely a tough matchup to read.

Miami at Minnesota

The Vikings have had 10 days since the narrow loss to New Orleans in the opener. Brad Childress has watched the tape repeatedly, and I suspect that he looked into the mirror and chastised himself for abandoning the running game. The Dolphins did a fine job to limit the Bills in Week 1, but that’s hardly a dynamic setup right now. I anticipate a much better and cohesive effort from Favre and the offense this time out.


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