Week 4 Rankings (2019): Top 15 Defenses

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Unless you are in an extremely deep league, holding onto that second defense could really put some constraints on your bench. With the first week of byes upon us, although I really hope that no one owns the Jets defense, that will serve as your friendly reminder to treat that spot on your roster as a turnstile. Obviously there are other roster management and FAAB issues to consider, but there is nothing wrong with targeting the best possible match-up. For that we have you covered as we present the best options for the upcoming week:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – at Denver
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  3. LA Chargers – at Miami
  4. LA Rams – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  6. Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  7. New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  8. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Oakland
  9. Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  10. Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
  11. Houston Texans – vs. Carolina
  12. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  13. Kansas City Chiefs – at Detroit
  14. Carolina Panthers – at Houston
  15. Washington Redskins – at NY Giants

Notes:  

  • The Seahawks defense isn’t what it once was, but they still have some solid players that can produce. Through the first three weeks that has translated into a borderline starting defense in 12 team leagues, and they should find some success this week in Arizona. Seattle faces off with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, and through the first three weeks of the season they have allowed the fifth most points to opposing defenses. The Cardinals do have the ability to find the end zone, but they have had trouble at times moving the ball and both turnovers and sacks are up for grabs. While Seattle has just one interception in 2019, they have recovered four fumbles and recorded six sacks. Adding to those numbers should come easily on Sunday.
  • Entering the season Jacksonville was regarded as a top defense, but so far they haven’t exactly distinguished themselves. The talent is still there and I found it hard to believe that they were available on the free agent wire in one of my leagues. The Jaguars are owned in 86.5% of leagues on ESPN as of Tuesday evening (taking into account a 4.1% boost so far this week) so I got lucky, but Jacksonville should be owned in all leagues. They are on the road this week, in Denver, but Joe Flacco isn’t exactly a quarterback that puts fear in opposing defenses. That helps to make the Jaguars a top option for the week as they look for their first interception of the season. Getting to the quarterback certainly hasn’t been a problem, as they have 13 sacks through the first three games.
  • Another defense that could be even more readily available (in over 40% of ESPN leagues) is Baltimore. That comes courtesy of facing the Chiefs last week, but things will get better in Week 4 as the Browns travel to Baltimore. Cleveland’s passing game has not appeared to be in sync this season, as the offensive line is porous and the running game hasn’t been explosive either. This could line up to be a perfect storm, as the Ravens are one of the better teams at generating pressure and the Browns will likely be hospitable.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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