Week 2 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Defenses

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by Ray Kuhn

The first few weeks of the season are going to be an adjustment period for all, but there were really just a few defenses that truly imploded in Week One. Yes, we are looking at you Minnesota. While we want that upside, it’s all about minimizing that implosion. Did anyone really see those eight sacks coming from Washington, because I sure didn’t.

Let’s jump into how our options rank for this week:

  1. San Francisco 49ers – at NY Jets
  2. Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Denver
  4. Seattle Seahawks – vs. New England
  5. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
  6. Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  7. Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Chargers
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  9. Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  10. New England Patriots – at Seattle
  11. Las Angeles Rams – at Philadelphia
  12. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
  13. Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  14. Chicago Bears – vs. NY Giants
  15. Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati

Notes:

  • Last week in Detroit, the Bears gave up 23 points to the Lions and if D’Andre Swift was able to hang on to the ball, it would have been 30. Adrian Peterson turned back the clock on the ground, and now this week Chicago gets to deal with Saquon Barkley. They are still a top-15 option based on the overall struggles the Giants offense had last week, but their potential is hindered by their lack of play makers; one interception and one sack.
  • After coming up with just 239 total yards on offense last week against the Eagles, Washington travels out west this week to face Arizona. The Cardinals did limit San Francisco to 20 points last week while picking up three sacks, but they also benefiting to George Kittle being limited by injury. When he was on the field though, the Cardinals were able to contain Kittle to just four catches for 44 yards after being dominated by the tight end position a year ago. Unless Dwayne Haskins becomes truly careless with the football, Arizona’s potential is limited this week, but they also have a high floor.
  • New addition Jamal Adams wasted no time acclimating himself to Seattle’s defense and making his presence felt, but their final point total from last week doesn’t generate much optimism. While fantasy owners don’t exactly care because points are points, a large portion of the 25 points Atlanta scored last week were in garbage time thanks to Seattle’s lead. With an interception and fumble recovery, along with two sacks, the Seahawks showed the ability to make plays last week. With just 155 passing yards last week, Seattle doesn’t exactly have to be concerned with New England as a downfield threat, and as long as they can shut down Cam Newton as a runner, they should be in good shape.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



6 COMMENTS

    • I can’t speak for Ray, who did the rankings, but I’d have the Saints as a borderline Top 10. That said, I’m going Bucs for this week

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