Let’s revisit the color-coding system before we start:
Red – For a second-tier D/ST, this is
generally a bad option to start that week (high-powered offense,
low-turnover offense or both). For elite D/STs, expect them to
struggle to create sacks/turnovers.
Yellow – For a second-tier D/ST, this
is a questionable start at best. For the elite D/STs, expect average
White – This one can go either way, but
I favor the D/ST over the matchup. For the elite D/STs, expect
Green – For non-elite D/STs, the stage
is set for a productive day. For the elite D/ST, this matchup
is about as good as it gets.
“SD” refers to schedule difficulty. In short, here
is how I scored each matchup:
Green - 1 point White - 0.5 Yellow – minus-0.5 Red – minus-1
As you can tell, the defenses were not ranked based entirely
on schedule difficulty. It was a strong consideration, however.
Some potentially good "fits" among the top 12 D/STs that
stand out to me. (Due to the likelihood owners will not pursue two
top-five D/STs (for example, the Jaguars and Rams match up well,
but most owners don't like carrying two D/STs much less draft them
in the mid-to-late rounds), I did not pair them up below.
Each of the teams below provide at least three matches to the
main team's yellow- and red-colored bye weeks:
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