The Chicago Sun-Times noted the Bears "DB Shuffle" as a factor to watch in Week 3 of the NFL preseason with cuts looming.
New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will attempt to revive the Chicago secondary that finished 2014 30th in the NFL against the pass after coughing up 264.4 passing yards per contest. The Chicago D/ST can safely be left off of fantasy cheat sheets this draft season and certainly won’t be an option in Week 1 as they host the Green Bay Packers.
OLB Stansly Maponga was deemed a "player to watch" prior to Atlanta’s third preseason game.
Multiple members of the AtlantaFalcons.com editorial staff stated that they would like to see Maponga, a third-year linebacker, build upon his successful preseason start. Maponga figures to provide depth for the Atlanta D/ST unit that had a disappointing 2014 season.
The Detroit Lions averaged over 10 yards per play in the first half against the Jacksonville defense on Friday night.
The Florida Times-Union highlighted the defensive deficiencies that were present in Jacksonville’s third preseason game, noting that the defense turned in an "alarming performance." The Jaguars D/ST is not on the fantasy radar and certainly won’t be an option in Week 1 when they host the ball-control offense of the Carolina Panthers.
The Jets defense has given up 24 points on four drives when their starters have faced opposing starters this preseason.
This interesting nugget is courtesy of the New York Daily News, and is cause for alarm as the Jets begin to implement the scheme of new defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. The Jets defense hauled in an NFL-low six interceptions in 2014, so forcing turnovers will be key for this unit as they attempt to build success under a new coaching staff. The Jets D/ST will be a worthwhile fantasy option in Week 1 as they host the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium and attempt to pick on quarterback Josh McCown.
The Panthers defense intercepted Tom Brady twice as they faced the Patriots in Week 3 of the NFL preseason.
Charles Tillman and Kurt Coleman both got in the action for Carolina, who will need a stout defensive effort in 2014 after losing offensive playmaker Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL. The Panthers D/ST unit and running game will need to be staples of the Carolina team in 2015, as they were down the stretch last season when Carolina finished 4-0 in December while allowing just 10.8 points per game.
WEEI's Christopher Price believes the Patriots No. 2 cornerback job is Tarell Brown's to lose.
Brown played well in the third preseason game on Friday night, breaking up two passes including one in the end zone. With 61 career starts to his name, Brown should offer a veteran presence opposite Super-Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.
The Palm Beach Post called LB Koa Misi a "constant on Dolphins defense no matter where he plays."
Misi recorded a career-high 66 tackles in 2014 and will look to further improve in the Miami defense led by new addition Ndamukong Suh. The Miami D/ST is currently being drafted eighth among fantasy defenses and draws a decent matchup in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins. The addition of Suh alone makes this D/ST worth pursuing in fantasy leagues.
The Indianapolis Star labeled the cornerback position as one to watch as the preseason enters Week 3.
With CB Greg Toler nursing a neck injury, the Indianapolis Star believes that the Colts will be on the hunt for cornerback depth with the regular season drawing closer. Indianapolis will need some defensive back production alongside Vontae Davis after recording just 12 interceptions in 2014. The Colts D/ST is an interesting Week 1 option as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills and their perennially murky quarterback situation.