Week 4 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

With Odell Beckham healthy and scoring touchdowns again and the Jets actually winning a game, two of our defensive targets from previous weeks are not as viable as they once were. That doesn’t mean we can’t target either team, or that there aren’t any other teams to target, it just means we need to reevaluate our process a bit. Let’s take a look at how the defenses rank for this week:

  1. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  3. Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New  York Giants
  5. Tennessee Titans – at Houston
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars – at New York Jets
  7. Philadelphia Eagles – at LA Chargers
  8. Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  9. Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
  10. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Washington
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  12. New England Patriots – vs. Carolina
  13. Miami Dolphins – vs. New Orleans
  14. Dallas Cowboys – vs. LA Rams
  15. San Diego Chargers – vs. Philadelphia

Notes:

  • Just because the Colts got into the win column last week and Jacoby Brissett has emerged as a sneaky, cheap, quarterback option, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t target Indianapolis. While the Colts did score 31 points last week, it came against the 0-3 Browns and in three games Brissett only has three total touchdowns (one passing and two rushing). Last week was rough for Seattle as the Titans put up 33 points, but in the prior two games they allowed a total of 26 points. Seattle is not as strong of an option as they once were, they are still a solid defense with some of the same players from when they were a top defense off the board. The main issue is that need to create turnovers, with two interceptions. They will also benefit as the Colts have allowed 11 sacks, Seattle has six, which makes them one of the top plays this week.
  • It has been a forgettable start to the season for New England’s defense. Through three games they have given up an average of 32 points and 461 yards, and the initial thought would be to look the other way. The Patriots get what could turn out to be a gift this week as they face Cam Newton and the Panthers. I’m not sure how much that should count for since New England gave up 27 points to a rookie quarterback last week, but Newton has not looked good and was the first signal caller to struggle against New Orleans’ defense. If you are looking for positives, the Patriots did pick off DeShaun Watson twice last week and they have averaged two sacks a week. I have a hard time betting against New England, and if your streaming options aren’t great there are worse things than holding on. That is especially true, since there aren’t many slam dunk match-ups this week.
  • This isn’t about targeting the Jets as much as it is giving credit to Jacksonville. After almost  shutting out the Ravens last week, perhaps the Jaguars defense is truly a legitimate fantasy option for this season. When they held the Texans to just seven points in the season opener while coming up with an interception, three fumble recoveries and scoring a touchdown, that was chalked up to Tom Savage more than anything else. It looked like the bounced back to earth in a big way by giving up 37 points to the Titans, but it’s hard to argue with the success they had last week. Despite the 20 points New York scored last week, they are still not an intimidating offense.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
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6 comments

  1. Eric says:

    No Denver? Surely they are in top 15 Professor

  2. Cara Stewart says:

    I have Pats but that has not worked out. Used Baltimore after a good game and that was terrible. Tampa or Tennessee or Arizona all available?????

  3. Bob says:

    No Houston D? Continue to perform, one of the most elite ds in the league. I understand titans are good but at home to titans?
    Philly d is banged up? Still that high?

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