Chargers – Moving Up
The Chargers put up 54 points on the now hapless and reeling Lions and believe it or not did not record one single sack. Shawne Merriman missed the game due to injury but Shaun Phillips logged an interception and returned it for a TD. The Chargers next face a Broncos team that they beat badly in their last meeting. The Broncos will be looking for redemption and that could lead to pressing and mistakes. This is not the best match-up for week 16 Super Bowls but it will not be easy to bench this Chargers defense.
Buccaneers – Moving Up
Yes, the Buccaneers did return a kick off for a TD for the first time in team history. On top of that they also logged 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and Rhonde Barber returned one of the interceptions for a TD too. Yes it was only the Falcons but they are still an NFL team (barely) and the Buccaneers held them to just a single FG on the day. Week 16 and 17 should be very good match-ups since the Buccaneers will be facing their opponents number three QB each week.
Steelers – Moving Down
The Steelers have had 5 extremely poor fantasy defensive efforts in five of their last six weeks. The loss of DL Aaron Smith is going to be a hit for the run defense. The Steelers do have a favorable match-up versus the Rams on Thursday. If you have a week 17 Super Bowl the Steelers will be on the road playing a Ravens team that is just completely dead and buried.
Browns – Moving Up
In the archives, it will show as an 8-0 shutout for the Browns. One would expect that there would have been a few turnovers or sacks in the blizzard but there were none. Its doubtful that anyone actually had the Browns in their starting lineups this past week but if you pitch a shutout no matter the conditions you move up the rankings.
Lions – Moving Down
Saying the wheels on the bus have come off would be putting it mildly. The Lions are a top 10-defense season to date but after five consecutive extremely poor fantasy outings, the Lions take a tumble down the rankings. The Lions have been feast or famine for the most part this year so if you start them in week 16 @ KC or in week 17 @ GB do so at your own risk.