Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

There is no reason not to stream since there’s no more “next week’. At this point in the season all we care about is the here and now; Week 16. With that in mind let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  3. Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco
  5. Chicago Bears – vs. Cleveland
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  7. Los Angeles Rams – at Tennessee
  8. Washington Redskins – vs. Denver
  9. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  10. Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Arizona Cardinals – vs. New York Giants
  12. Detroit Lions – at Cincinnati
  13. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Oakland
  14. New York Giants – at Arizona
  15. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle

Notes:

  • The return of Aaron Rodgers was short lived, as Brett Hundley returns with Green Bay eliminated from playoff contention. Minnesota will be the beneficiary, although Hundley has looked a little better as of late he is not going to put fear into opposing defenses. For a few week stretc, Jamaal Williams did well establishing a ground game for Green Bay, but last week the Panthers proved that he can be tamed. The Vikings will likely add to the 12 interceptions they have this season and they have proved they can get to the quarterback. Minnesota has just three games in which they recorded only one sack (along with one game with none), and they picked up four sacks the last time they faced Green Bay.
  • Despite the fact that Brock Osweiler impressed last week against the Colts, I wouldn’t expect a repeat. Washington’s defense is better than that of the Colts, and Denver is still debating between Osweiler and Paxton Lynch. Either way, the Redskins are my favorite streaming option at home as Josh Norman figures to shut down Demaryius Thomas. The Redskins have gone just three weeks without an interception this season, and I wouldn’t expect them to make it a fourth as the Denver quarterback’s will likely make mistakes.
  • Even though they are a Top 10 fantasy defense, the Bears haven’t gotten the requisite respect. This week Chicago has been added in 28% of ESPN leagues, and yet they are still available in over 40% of leagues. This week they face the Browns, who have yet record a victory this season and whose offense is primed to make mistakes. Nothing the Bears do jumps off the page, but they have been consistently productive and have the best match-up of the week.

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5 comments

  1. Haggy says:

    Still not sure between Bortles and Keenum.. Thinking Bortles because Green Bay gonna be soooo Cold. If not for the weather I would go Keenum. But……Whats your thoughts Prof.

  2. stephen martin says:

    i can only choose two. championship game, should be very close. julio, bryant, funchess, crabtree. i have no clue here
    ppr

  3. trevor says:

    ppr evans or schuster
    ppr schuster or funchess
    ppr demaryius thomas or funchess
    ppr demaryius thomas or marvin jones

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