Week 12 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Defenses

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by Ray Kuhn

At this point we know the deal. Target the the struggling offenses, minimize the risk, and maximize the turnovers. Let’s jump into how our options rank for this week:

  1. New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  2. Cleveland Browns – at Jacksonville
  3. Miami Dolphins – at NY Jets
  4. Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
  5. New Orleans Saints – at Denver
  6. Washington Football Team – at Dallas
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  8. Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  9. Seattle Seahawks – at Philadelphia
  10. Denver Broncos – vs. New Orleans
  11. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  12. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  13. Houston Texans – at Detroit
  14. New York Jets – vs. Miami
  15. Arizona Cardinals – at New England

Notes:

  • The struggles of Cincinnati’s offensive line has been on full display all season, but it was no clear than when we watched Joe Burrow go down with a season ending injury. While the rookie was having success, he stills struggled with getting into the end zone, and things will get even worse for the Bengals in his absence. Ryan Finley took over for him last week but it appears that Brandon Allen will be elevated from the practice squad for this week. Either way things are shaping up quite well for the Giants and their defense this week. Things have been looking better for New York as of late and with 25 sacks they have shown the ability to get to the quarterback and Cincinnati’s offensive upside is quite limited this week.
  • Over the past two and a half years, Mike Glennon has attempted just 31 passes but yet the Jaguars are turning to him this week. That just speaks to how rough things have been for Jacksonville’s offense so it’s hard to expect too much from them this week. And with a borderline top-10 defense, the Browns are slated to take advantage of Glennon and Jacksonville this week. Cleveland is coming off a week in which they picked up five sacks and forced three turnovers and there is no reason why that trend can’t continue this week as overall, they have created 17 turnovers along with 27 sacks so far this year.
  • At this point in the season it is clear that Seattle’s defense is not what they used to be. Granted they have spent a few weeks without stud safety Jamaal Adams, but he is back on the field and they have a favorable opponent in Philadelphia. Carson Wentz has struggled to do much of anything this season as turnovers are prevalent and touchdowns are rare. From a fantasy perspective all the yards that the Seahawks allow don’t matter as it’s likely Wentz will struggle to convert them to points.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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