Commentary

Playing with Numbers: Revisiting defensive matchups

Updated: October 22, 2008, 2:54 PM ET
By Ken Daube | Special to ESPN.com
It's almost the halfway point of the fantasy regular season, so let's update our opinions on the productivity of the defenses our players face. This season isn't last season, so managing matchups based on last season is an easy way to give away a few points.

If you followed the NFL closely last season, you might have noticed that the Vikings' defense played the role of Two-Face extremely well as they finished first in the league in rushing yards against, but last in pass yardage allowed. While they remain stingy against the run this year, their pass defense has improved by 13 slots as they now rank 19th in the league. So, if you own Jeff Garcia and are looking forward to his Week 11 contest against the Vikings, it might just be time to temper those expectations.

Ken Daube

Fantasy Football
Ken Daube is a fantasy football analyst for ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Fantasy Football Now" with Dave Rothenberg on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, which streams at ESPNNewYork.com, and can also be listened to via the ESPN Radio app.

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