Week 13 Rankings (2019): Top 15 Defenses

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In case you weren’t aware by now, the bye weeks are over. That means there is no need to carry two defenses. Taking the situation on a week to week basis is really the only strategy there is at this point. Yes you want to look ahead, but in reality all that really matters is the week in front of you. Keep in mind that with each passing week, there is less competition on the waiver wire as teams get eliminated just helping to support taking things with each week. Now, let’s jump into how our options rank:

  1. Chicago Bears – at Detroit
  2. Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
  3. Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami
  4. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  6. New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  7. New York Jets – at Cincinnati
  8. Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
  9. Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Francisco
  10. New England Patriots – at Houston
  11. Green Bay Packers – at NY Giants
  12. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  13. Washington Redskins – at Carolina
  14. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver

Thoughts:

  • The game we saw this past Monday was simply crazy. It truly looked like Lamar Jackson belonged in a video game, and at this point we are out of superlatives to describe his performance. It just so happened, that the Rams happened to be the bystanders, and very willing opponents. Despite their struggles the Rams are still a Top 10 defense this season, and I wouldn’t hold last week’s performance against them. Things will get a lot easier against the Cardinals as they should be able to build on their 32 sacks, but it is slightly troubling the Rams have just seven interceptions on the season. Regardless, they are still in one of the better situations of the week and there is some talent to match.
  • Washington had their best week of the season against Detroit in Week 12, and despite their struggles previously I would consider targeting them or holding on to them for another week. The luster has worn off on Kyle Allen at quarterback, and with seven turnovers in the last three games Carolina has had issues with ball security. Additionally, teams haven’t had too many problems getting to Allen, and last week the Redskins looked impressive with six sacks and three interceptions. Overall Washington has 29 sacks and 12 interceptions this season, and they are in position for that continue against the Panthers.
  • Coming off their bye week the Chargers face Brandon Allen and the Broncos against whom defenses have finished in the Top 10 so far this season. Getting to the quarterback, 25 sacks, hasn’t been too difficult for Los Angeles but what is holding them back is their lack of interceptions (just eight). The good news is that on average, teams haven’t been too explosive on the scoreboard against the Chargers, and there is nothing on Denver’s side of the ball that suggests that will change this week.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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