Week 11 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 10?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 11:


  1. Denver Broncos – at St. Louis
  2. Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
  3. Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  4. Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  5. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Seattle
  6. Houston Texans – at Cleveland
  7. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  8. San Francisco 49ers – at New York Giants
  9. Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
  11. Green Bay Packers – vs. Philadelphia
  12. Seattle Seahawks – at Kansas City
  13. San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
  14. Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  15. Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta


  • Over the past four weeks the Miami Dolphins have piled up 14 sacks, 7 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.  While Buffalo put up 29 points in Week 2 against them, this is a different team and should be a viable option in all formats.
  • Houston is giving Ryan Mallett his first career start, and that’s going to bring about some risk.  You have to think that the team is going to try and lean on Arian Foster, but would it be a surprise to see Cleveland sell out to stop him?  With Joe Haden helping to stop the passing game, it’s a risk they can take.  With Mallett’s performance questionable, at best, we should look towards Cleveland as one of the better options in the league.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs have done a good job of keeping opposing QB in the pocket (64 rushing yards allowed to QB) and also generate sacks (28).  They are also the only team that has not yet allowed a TD to a running back and, with the Seahawks offense running through Marshawn Lynch, that could mean good things.  Even if Lynch finds the end zone once, he’s unlikely to match last week’s success and the passing game doesn’t give much hope.
  • The Falcons have just 11 sacks on the season and are prone to opposing RB, but Carolina’s RB always appear to be in flex (though they seem healthy right now) and the Panthers have allowed 31 sacks.  It’s an intriguing flier to take, though not necessarily one we’d be willing to bank on.

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  1. Steve L says:

    Lamar Miller or Joique?

  2. Mike says:

    San Diego, clevland, or San Fran defense

  3. AKC says:

    For next week, someone already stashed IND (vs. jax)…in fear that the other streamers are starting to jump a week ahead, would you stash KC (@oak), GB (@min), or HOU (vs. cin)?

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