Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Each week, even if I don’t set out to stream my defense, it is always something I consider. If not, you might be leaving potential points on the table. However at the same time, you don’t want to make a move just for the sake of making a move. This is also the part of the year when you should begin to look ahead a few weeks. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Los Angeles Rams – vs. Houston
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Indianapolis
  3. Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  4. Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  5. Carolina Panthers – vs. Miami
  6. Detroit Lions – vs. Cleveland
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. LA Chargers
  8. Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  9. New England Patriots – at Denver
  10. Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  11. Miami Dolphins – at Carolina
  12. Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
  13. New Orleans Saints – at Buffalo
  14. New York Jets – at Tampa Bay
  15. New York Giants – at San Francisco

Notes:

  •  Talk about low hanging fruit, but we can’t miss the chance to go after Tom Savage. The fact that the Texans signed Josh Johnson this week isn’t going to put fear in opposing defenses, and this is going to be a situation to target each week. Even while factoring the success that Deshaun Watson had prior to his injury, the Texans are allowing the eighth most points to opposing defenses, and it only figures to get worse. As of Wednesday night, the Rams have seen quite the surge in ownership in ESPN leagues (and 18.3% increase), but they are still available in 23% of leagues. The Rams only have one game this season without an interception, but they have three games with two. Los Angeles should build both on that and also on their 25 sacks this week, which makes them a top option. Allowing 39 points to the 49ers in Week 3 is well behind the Rams.
  • Things are not going according to plan at all in Green Bay. Being without Aaron Rodgers isn’t the Packers’ only problem, as their defense has struggled to provide much in the way of fantasy value. However, there is nothing like a match-up with their division rivals (Chicago) this week to set them straight. However, it is clear that the offense being without Rodgers has impacted the defense as they have given up 79 points in the last three weeks. The good news, is that the Packers have yet to drift into negative territory, and entering last week, they had six interceptions in their last four games. With the Bears allowing the fifth most points to opposing defenses, there could be some value this week.
  • It may be a little surprising, but so far this season the Patriots are the third worst fantasy defense. This week though, facing the Broncos should give them a chance to improve that ranking. Denver hasn’t been able to find much in the way of either a passing game or a running game, and I wouldn’t expect to see that improve this week. New England hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in the last three weeks and in that span, they also have three interceptions and six sacks. It shouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots turn things around, things will continue to get better against Denver.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 Rankings:

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers
Week 10 Ranks (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

6 comments

  1. Mike says:

    Hey Ray, rest of the season do you like Hunt or Shady? I have Hunt and looking at the playoff schedule, and Hunt’s usage has me concerned and McCoy has come on strong recently and has a pretty good playoff schedule. I was thinking of proposing Hunt for McCoy straight up before our Saturday trade deadline. Thoughts? Thank you.

  2. trevor says:

    ppr juju schuster or devante parker
    ppr mckinnon or forte
    ppr tevin coleman, adrain peterson or demarco murray
    ppr juju schuster or fuchess
    ppr flex juju schuster, orleans darkwa or devonte freeman
    ppr robby anderson, golden tate or michael thomas
    ppr flex start first to last fuchess, mckinnon, robby anderson, juju schuster or orleans darkwa

    • ppr juju schuster or devante parker — Parker
      ppr mckinnon or forte – McKinnon
      ppr juju schuster or fuchess – Funchess
      ppr flex juju schuster, orleans darkwa or devonte freeman — Darkwa
      ppr robby anderson, golden tate or michael thomas — Thomas
      ppr flex start first to last fuchess, mckinnon, robby anderson, juju schuster or orleans darkwa — Darkwa by far the best

  3. trevor says:

    ppr julio jones or adrain peterson

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