Week 6 Rankings (2019): Top 15 Defenses

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I will fight the urge to say it every week, but with four teams on bye in Week 6 this will serve as reminder not to hold two defenses on your roster. With the carnage we are seeing at the other positions, bench spots are simply too valuable. Playing the match-up game or streaming on a regular basis is a different story, and in fact that is encouraged, but when doing so try to be smart about it while also looking ahead. You don’t want to be in the position where you are burning your waiver priority or valuable FAAB dollars each week on a defense.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at how our options rank for this upcoming week:

  1. New England Patriots – vs. NY Giants
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  3. Washington Redskins – at Miami
  4. Dallas Cowboys – at NY Jets
  5. Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  6. Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  7. LA Chargers – vs. Pittsburgh
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  9. San Francisco 49ers – at LA Rams
  10. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  11. LA Rams – vs. San Francisco
  12. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
  13. Tennessee Titans – at Denver
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers – at LA Chargers
  15. Miami Dolphins – vs. Washington

Notes:

  • While the San Francisco 49ers certainly took care of business against the Cleveland Browns last week, Baker Mayfield plummeted into negative territory in some leagues, things won’t be as easy this week. Despite what we have seen from them in the past, the Los Angeles Rams haven’t been a truly consistent offense this season but they still deserve some respect. Todd Gurley isn’t 100% and Jared Goff doesn’t stand out from the crowd at the quarterback position, but at home the Rams can very easily put up some points. Overall their opponents have been a borderline Top-12 option this season, and the 49ers also enter the week undefeated. With 13 sacks, seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries, San Francisco has shown the ability (through four games) to get to the quarterback and cause some havoc. I also like targeting the 49ers this week, they are still available in just over half of all ESPN leagues, as they face the Redskins next week.
  • While the Steelers have been tough on opposing fantasy defenses so far this season, they are not entering this week at full strength. After seeing Mason Rudolph get terribly concussed, Pittsburgh is now down to the third quarterback in Devlin Hodges (if you had to Google him, you aren’t alone). He didn’t look terrible in limited playing time last week and Pittsburgh still has James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster among other skill players, but the Steelers’ offense certainly won’t be the same. The Chargers do a good job of getting to the quarterback, 12 sacks, and while the Pittsburgh offensive line has been solid I would expect Hodges to be easily rattled.
  • It really is surprising to see Seattle’s defense at just 31% ownership, but it is a good depiction of their current state. This week things should improve as they take on a Cleveland team that is in complete disarray. It has been an up and down year for the Seahawks (two good and three bad weeks), but they haven’t given us any negative production where they would be considered a liability. What is concerning is that nine of Seattle’s 10 sacks came in those two good games, but there is no reason not expect another performance of that ilk against the Browns.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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