Week 15 Rankings (2019): Top 15 Defenses


While upside and maximizing your point totals is great, you also don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. Let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:

  1. New England Patriots – at Cincinnati
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. NY Jets
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Buffalo
  4. San Francisco 49ers – vs. Atlanta
  5. Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  6. Buffalo Bills – at Pittsburgh
  7. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Detroit
  9. Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  10. Los Angeles Rams – at Dallas
  11. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  12. Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  13. New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
  14. Cleveland Browns – at Arizona
  15. New York Giants – vs. Miami


  • The Eagles are a borderline starting fantasy defense and had a solid effort last week against the Giants, but yet their ownership has actually decreased by about nine percent. With Philadelphia taking on the Redskins that shouldn’t be the case, and in fact their ownership should have gone in the other direction. Washington’s offense has left a lot to be desired as opposing defenses have been a top-five option, and the Eagles should be primed to take advantage of that. Of course fantasy owners were left expecting a lot more from Philadelphia in their performance against the Dolphins and they didn’t exactly impress last week, but they did turn things around. The Eagles should be able to build on their 11 sacks over the last three games, 36 overall, and the Redskins’ offense doesn’t have the firepower that would make Philadelphia a risky proposition.
  • It goes without saying that the 49ers are going to rebound this week from the 46 points they allowed in New Orleans. San Francisco has been a top option all season and there is no reason to expect that to change based on one rough performance, so an overreaction isn’t necessary. Despite the fact that the 49ers have just one over their past two games, they have 45 on the season, so a rebound can certainly be expected this week against Atlanta. While the Falcons offense has their share of potential, they also have struggled at times this season and facing them on the road will also serve to benefit San Francisco.
  • If you are looking for a defense that has been a top-10 option overall this season and is also available as a streaming option (32.5% ownership), then Tennessee is your team. Opposing defenses aren’t doing much against the Texans this season, but the Titans have shown the ability to limit the damage against them for the most part. With 35 sacks and 20 turnovers generated the overall production has been there.


  1. HI Prof,

    need your help with some clouded judgment of mine.
    I have Baltimore d and slated to start them tonight but I always get nervous with the thursday night Duds and with the Jets they have been able to put up points recently.

    I am really high on tampa D this week in detroit that is down stafford and marvin jones and has no Run D.
    I realllly want to start Tampa, should I go with my gut?

  2. Hi Professor,

    I got Chiefs defense. Do you think the bad weather there will favor the Chiefs D? Or would you go Seattle, Browns, Giants, Tennessee, or Bengals D?



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