Week 5 Rankings (2019): Top 15 Defenses

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Follow the sacks and the turnovers, along with the weak offensive lines, and hope for the best. It may sound simple though we know it really isn’t that easy, but that is the recipe for success. Well that, and don’t be afraid to stream your defenses as you look for the best option. Let’s take an educated guess at how this week’s choices rank:

  1. New England Patriots – at Washington
  2. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. NY Jets
  3. Tennessee Titans – vs. Buffalo
  4. Chicago Bears – at Oakland
  5. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
  6. Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
  7. New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Minnesota Vikings – at NY Giants
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
  10. Buffalo Bills – at Tennessee
  11. Cleveland Browns – at San Francisco
  12. Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  13. Houston Texans – vs. Atlanta
  14. Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  15. Arizona Cardinals – at Cincinnati

Notes:

  • We thought that things would be tough for the Titans last week as they traveled to Atlanta, but that didn’t prove to be the case. Part of it could be attributed to the Falcons’ struggles on offense, but we have to give credit where credit is due. Through the first four weeks the Titans have a top five defense, and as they face the Bills that should continue. After taking a hit to the head last week Josh Allen’s status is in question, and even with Allen under center Buffalo doesn’t exactly possess the most explosive of offenses. With four interceptions and two fumble recoveries his season the Titans have shown the ability to force some turnovers, and with 13 sacks getting to the quarterback hasn’t been an issue either. If you are searching on the waiver wire, the fact that they were dropped in 20% of ESPN leagues ahead of their match-up with Atlanta is a plus as well.
  • If you really want to reach here, dare I say the Cardinals might be worth a closer look? We know that they are going to be available, so that is a start. The fact that we haven’t seen much out of the Bengals’ offense also works in their favor, as Andy Dalton was sacked eight times by the Steelers last week. Arizona has yet to register an interception this season and points scored will likely be an issue, but the Cardinals should be able to make it up with some sacks (they have 11 so far this season). To this point Cincinnati has allowed the fourth most points to opposing fantasy defenses, and they will now be missing another offensive weapon in John Ross.
  • Unless your league was asleep at the wheel this past week the Chargers are very likely owned as they faced the Dolphins. Having Miami as your opponent has essentially become an automatic start, and I wouldn’t forget about the Chargers just yet. While they will face a little more resistance than last week, Denver’s offense isn’t garnering much fear from their opponents. Despite the fact that they have nine sacks on the season, the Chargers have the ability to get to the quarterback and wreak havoc and that is exactly the type of thing that will make it a long afternoon for Joe Flacco.

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