Monday Night Football Odds Week 5 – Falcons Take on the Jets

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The Atlanta Falcons defense has been left on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues so far this season — 8.3 percent ownership, currently — and rightly so. Only six defenses have scored fewer than the 13 points the Falcons have put up after four games. Plus, only three teams have posted fewer than the seven sacks generated by the Falcons thus far, and they have only forced five turnovers.

Monday Night Football Odds Week 5

The depth chart has been shuffled for these Falcons.

However, for fantasy owners who passed on high-end defenses on draft day in order to stream waiver-wire pickups weekly based on matchups, they make for a mighty fine roster addition for Week 5 against the New York Jets.

The Jets offense already has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses this season, in large part because Geno Smith has been a turnover machine. Only Eli Manning has tossed more interceptions than Smith’s eight and Ben Roethlisberger is the only quarterback with more than Smith’s three lost fumbles. He’s also been sacked 14 times this season (third most in the NFL).

Now, to make matters even worse for the Jets (and more enticing for the Falcons), the Jets are expected to play without their top two wideouts, as Santonio Holmes recovers from a strained hamstring and Stephen Hill a concussion. That could force the Jets to lean on their rushing attack, but that actually feeds into the one strength we’ve seen from the Falcons D thus far, as they rank sixth against the run, having allowed only 92.3 yards per game on the ground.

Oddsmakers currently have the Falcons listed as 10-point favorites versus the Jets, while the game’s total is sitting at 43½.

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