Fantasy Stat Breakdown: Joseph Addai Paying Dividends

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Defensive Stats: Planning Your Matchups

Fantasy football is all about matchups. As the fantasy playoffs approach (and trade deadlines), we're here to let you know which teams are particularly user-friendly for their running backs and passing attacks. Without further ado, here are the teams who should make your eyes light up when you see them on your players' schedules (rankings in descending order).

Rushing Defenses:

  1. Buffalo Bills (173.0 YPG)
  2. Tampa Bay Bucs (167.3 YPG)
  3. Cleveland Browns (165.8 YPG)
  4. Oakland Raiders (155.6 YPG)
  5. St. Louis Rams (142.3 YPG)
Comments: The Bills have decent against the pass, but they are abysmal against the run. Things wont' get any better this week when they face MJD...The Bucs offense has come to life in recent weeks, but their defense is a continued liability. Start all your Saints -- Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush -- against this woeful unit. Any one of the Saints' running backs could go off...Rather unsurprisingly, this list of worst run defenses reads a who's who of miserable NFL teams. Because these teams are trailing so frequently, other teams pile on the carries against them.

Passing Defenses
  1. Detroit Lions (271.7 YPG)
  2. Tennessee Titans (270.4 YPG)
  3. Arizona Cardinals (253.4 YPG)
  4. San Francisco 49ers (248.3 YPG)
  5. Atlanta Falcons (240.7 YPG)
Comments: If you own any part of the Cardinals passing attack, rejoice: the Lions are on the schedule in Week 16 during most league's fantasy championship...The Titans have gotten Cortland Finnegan back, and have looked better against the pass recently, but those were all matchups against subpar passing teams. The Titans will get a good test this weekend when they travel to Houston to take on the Texans' third-ranked passing attack...Losing starting cornerback Brian Williams for the year has clearly hurt the Falcons, who have been exposed in pass coverage the last few weeks.


Fantasy Stat Breakdown: Joseph Addai Paying Dividends

- Joseph Addai has scored a rushing touchdown in five of the last six games.  He also has two receiving touchdowns and a passing touchdown over that period.

- Newly suspended Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has more receiving yards (466) than the next two highest totals (Bobby Wade and Mark Bradley) combined (437).

- In the past three games, Titans' RB Chris Johnson has about the same number of rushing yards (495) as the combined 2009 rushing totals of the current Chiefs roster (507).

- Bears' RB Matt Forte has had more receiving yards than rushing yards in five of his nine games this season.

- Denver's woes continue: Their next two games are against the Chargers and then host the Giants only four days later.  A five game losing streak isn't out of the question.

- The 23 points the Rams scored against the Saints was their highest point total of the season.  The Saints have given up more points this season than the Redskins.

- The Vikings have only allowed two rushing touchdowns all season.

- Miami QB Chad Henne has thrown only five touchdowns in his seven games.  The Dolphins are 4-3 over that span.

- Before his injury, Michael Turner had 111 rushing yards on only nine carries.

- Donovan McNabb threw for 450 yards on Sunday.  JaMarcus Russell has thrown for almost the same amount (458 yards) in his last four games combined.

- It's easy to mock the Cleveland quarterback situation, but Jay Cutler has thrown more interceptions this season (17) then all the Browns quarterbacks combined (15).

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