The first bye weeks declare the Falcons, Saints, Jets, and 49ers, none of that are common D/ST starters. However, we love to stream defenses in opposition to the Jets, and the Saints with Jameis Winston all the time current some boom-or-bust upside, too. The Falcons have not been nice this yr both, and the 49ers with a rookie QB present some sleeper potential. Ultimately, the lack of these 4 groups weakens our Week 6 fantasy protection rankings, making begin ’em, sit ’em selections all of the extra muddled.
The excellent news for fantasy homeowners is that this seems to be like a fairly good for a lot of the prime preseason D/STs. The Bucs (@ Eagles), Rams (@ Giants), and Steelers (vs. Seahawks) all have good matchups, with the Steelers getting the advantage of going through Geno Smith as a substitute of Russell Wilson (hand). The Colts (vs. Texans) and Dolphins (@ Jaguars) lastly have good matchups, too.
All of those defenses might be must-starts, as there aren’t a ton of worthwhile streamers. The Cowboys (@ Patriots), Bengals (@ Lions), Packers (@ Bears), and Seahawks (@ Steelers) are all in play with favorable to semi-favorable matchups, however chances are high at least an proprietor or two in your league may have to slum it with a fair riskier D/ST.
If you need to go the boom-or-bust route, the Chiefs (@ Washington) are most likely your best choice, however clearly you take a threat anytime you play the Chiefs.
The Panthers (vs. Vikings) and Bills (@ Titans) are nonetheless in play regardless of less-than-ideal matchups, however you take a a lot larger probability for those who follow the Ravens (vs. Chargers), Patriots (vs. Cowboys), Broncos (vs. Raiders), or Browns (vs. Cardinals). Again, at least one or two homeowners would possibly determine they’re higher off sticking with what they’ve, particularly in every week with marginal high-quality streaming choices, however factors will possible be more durable to come by.
Obviously, the bye weeks make issues harder at each place, however D/ST is commonly the toughest hit. That’s why it is all the time vital to be wanting forward and claiming the highest streamers after they’re free brokers. If you’ve to accept every week, you’ve to settle. Make the factors up elsewhere and transfer on. But that is the time of yr when planning forward may give you an enormous benefit, so scout these matchups and seize these streamers when there’s much less competitors for them.
Note: We’ll be updating these D/ST rankings as wanted all through the week. so test again for the most recent motion and evaluation.
Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 6: Who to begin, sit at D/ST in fantasy football
|1||Los Angeles Rams @ NYG. It does not matter if it is Daniel Jones (head) or Mike Glennon below middle, we might nonetheless rank the Rams in the highest spot. However, whether it is Glennon, then we just like the Rams much more. Three straight robust matchups (Buccaneers, Cardinals, Seahawks) have restricted L.A.’s manufacturing, however we all know the expertise is there for an enormous recreation. We noticed glimpses final week when the Rams held the Russell Wilson/Geno Smith-led Seahawks to 17 offensive factors whereas racking up two sacks and two takeaways. The injury-depleted Giants might be ripe for the choosing.|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SEA. Pittsburgh has additionally been massively disappointing this yr, however going through Geno Smith at dwelling has to be a recipe for fulfillment. The Steelers nonetheless repeatedly put up a number of sacks, and that strain ought to assist them generate some takeaways.|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ PHI. Even with out Lavonte David (ankle), Tampa has the expertise to rattle Jalen Hurts on a brief week. The Bucs have racked up seven sacks and 4 takeaways whereas permitting simply 34 complete offensive factors the previous two weeks, whereas Philadelphia simply allowed a number of sacks and takeaways in a loss to a equally robust protection in Carolina.|
|4||Dallas Cowboys @ NE. The Cowboys have a number of INTs in each recreation this yr, and regardless of not registering any sacks final week, they’ve had 9 QB takedowns in the previous 4 video games. They’ve additionally scored two D/ST touchdowns. Expect extra success in opposition to a Patriots workforce that is turned it over at least twice in four-of-five video games up to now.|
|5||Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU. Houston has allowed 10 sacks and 6 takeaways whereas scoring a mean of simply over 10 offensive factors per recreation in its previous three contests. With a number of takeaways in every of the three video games main up to Week 5, the Colts can positively take benefit.|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals @ DET. The Bengals dissatisfied in a equally favorable matchup in Week 4 in opposition to Jacksonville, however the Lions have failed to rating greater than 17 offensive factors in any recreation since Week 1. Even worse, they’ve allowed 4 sacks in every of the previous two video games, they usually’ve turned it over a number of instances in three of the previous 5 video games. The concern right here is Cincinnati’s protection will not present up, but it surely’s more healthy now that it was in Week 4, so we like its probabilities of getting again to the shape it confirmed when it racked up 10 sacks and 4 takeaways in Weeks 1-3.|
|7||Green Bay Packers @ CHI. The Bears offense has seen extra success the previous two video games, scoring 44 offensive factors, permitting three sacks, and turning it over as soon as. That was in opposition to Detroit and Vegas, although. The Packers have posted a number of takeaways in each recreation since Week 1 and allowed a comparatively stable common of 21 offensive ppg. With 10 sacks in that span, Green Bay has confirmed it will possibly get strain and drive errors, so anticipate that to occur in opposition to rookie Justin Fields.|
|8||Miami Dolphins @ JAX. The Dolphins have produced a number of takeaways and sacks this yr, however nothing substantial. However, Jacksonville is likely one of the most beneficiant offenses to fantasy D/STs, with a number of takeaways allowed in all however one recreation and a mean of simply 17.4 offensive factors scored per recreation. If the Dolphins proficient protection cannot get going in opposition to the Jags, it is possible not even price streaming in opposition to anybody going ahead.|
|9||Minnesota Vikings @ CAR. The Jets’ model of Sam Darnold is beginning to rear its ugly head after a sizzling begin for the Panthers. Carolina has allowed 11 sacks and turned it over 5 instances in its previous three video games, and it hasn’t precisely confronted a assassin’s row of D/STs (Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia). Minnesota has solely posted 4 takeaways, but it surely’s racked up a powerful 17 sacks on the season and allowed simply 16 ppg over its previous three — all this regardless of only one “favorable” matchup (Detroit in Week 5). Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) could be again, however the Vikings nonetheless have appreciable upside right here.|
|10||Carolina Panthers vs. MIN. The Vikings have been stable on offense, permitting simply 9 sacks and 4 takeaways on the season, however the Panthers have been one of many best fantasy D/STs each week besides Week 4 in opposition to Dallas. If you’re taking away that full dud, Carolina is averaging 4 sacks, 1.3 takeaways, and 12.8 ppg allowed. Favorable matchups have helped inflate these numbers, but it surely’s clear the Panthers are proficient and productive. Minnesota is nearer in expertise to Dallas or Philadelphia than Carolina’s first three opponents (Jets, Saints, Giants), however the Panthers are nonetheless proficient sufficient to produce at a top-10 degree.|
|11||Buffalo Bills @ TEN. A pair dangerous weeks have actually inflated Tennessee’s fantasy factors per recreation allowed this yr, however with its ball-control type, it may be simply as robust for D/STs to accumulate factors in opposition to it. Buffalo comes into this one driving excessive off an enormous week in opposition to the Chiefs, so that you would possibly suppose there is not any motive to be anxious about them. You could be proper, however this nonetheless is not an excellent spot for fantasy’s top-ranked D/ST. You’re not going to sit them, however mood your expectations, at least barely.|
|12||Seattle Seahawks @ PIT. The Steelers have seemed ugly on offense this yr, however they’re merely center of the street in fantasy factors allowed to D/STs. Seattle has been up and down, however in favorable to semi-favorable matchups, they have been higher (16 factors allowed, three sacks, one takeaway vs. Colts in Week 1; 21 factors allowed, two sacks, two takeaways vs. 49ers in Week 4). Given the state of of D/STs this week, Seattle is “good enough” to be price a beginning spot.|
|13||Denver Broncos vs. LV. After a sizzling begin, the Raiders offense is clearly regressing. It’s scored simply 23 offensive factors whereas permitting seven sacks and two takeaways the previous two weeks. The matchups weren’t significantly robust both, as they confronted the Chargers and Bears. Denver’s protection has additionally slipped after a sizzling begin, maybe the product of a harder schedule. Either method, in a tricky week for D/STs, Denver at house is in a great spot and proper on the start-sit bubble.|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs @ WAS. The Chiefs have been horrible defensively this yr, however Taylor Heinicke has thrown a number of INTs in two of the previous three video games and is seemingly regressing. Perhaps Kansas City’s protection is not ok to take benefit, however at this level in the rankings, you are simply merely hoping for an enormous play or two, so there is a respectable probability right here.|
|15||Baltimore Ravens vs. LAC. Heading into Week 5, the Ravens protection had began to warmth up, permitting simply 24 offensive factors and registering seven sacks in Weeks 3 and 4. Things did not go as nicely in Week 5 (25 factors allowed, two sacks, takeaway). The Chargers offense is as sizzling as anybody this facet of Buffalo, so the Ravens aren’t precisely a “high-ceiling” protection this week, however expertise alone offers them some upside.|
|16||Arizona Cardinals @ CLE. Arizona has been surprisingly efficient this yr, feasting on its favorable matchups and displaying it will possibly put up factors even in some non-favorable ones, like in did in Week 1 in opposition to Tennessee. Cleveland hasn’t turned it over in any of the previous three video games, although, and whereas it’d enable some sacks, its run-heavy assault does not enable for a lot of big-play possibilities. You can attempt your luck with the Cardinals based mostly on previous consequence, however this appears like a low-ceiling recreation for the shocking Cards.|
|17||New England Patriots vs. DAL|
|18||Cleveland Browns vs. ARI|
|19||Las Vegas Raiders @ DEN|
|20||New York Giants vs. LAR|
|21||Philadelphia Eagles vs. TB|
|22||Houston Texans @ IND|
|23||Los Angeles Chargers @ BAL|
|24||Chicago Bears vs. GB|
|25||Washington Football Team vs. KC|
|26||Tennessee Titans vs. BUF|
|27||Detroit Lions vs. CIN|
|28||Jacksonville Jaguars vs. MIA|