Week 6 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Defenses

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by Ray Kuhn

It’s all about that upside. With five weeks in the books on the 2020 season we now have a good idea as to what we can expect from teams in the turnover department. That is where the majority of the value is generated, so let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:

  1. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
  2. Baltimore Ravens – at Philadelphia
  3. Miami Dolphins – vs. NY Jets
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  5. LA Rams – at San Francisco
  6. New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  7. New York Giants – vs. Washington
  8. Washington Football Team – at NY Giants
  9. Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
  10. Cincinnati Bengals – at Indianapolis
  11. Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  12. Arizona Cardinals – at Dallas
  13. Denver Broncos – at New England
  14. Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  15. Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville

Notes:

  • We know that the Giants aren’t very good this season, but neither is the Washington Football Team. But the main thing to remember is that there is a difference between what we see on the field and what happens from a fantasy perspective. As they still look for their first victory on the field, New York is a borderline top-12 fantasy option even prior to their favorable match-up. The Giants have three interceptions and three fumble recoveries so far on the season but they have picked up 12 sacks and that should continue this week.
  • On the other side of the field, yes we expect it to be a low scoring affair, Washington should be able to capitalize as well from a defensive perspective. Things haven’t gone as well for the Football Team, but with 15 sacks they have shown the ability to generate pressure on the quarterback. With a weak offensive line and an inability to respond well under pressure, New York is a prime target.
  • If you missed out on the top waiver wire targets of the week, Carolina is available in about 96% of ESPN leagues. So far this season the Panthers have been a middle of the pack option but they have also faced some strong offenses in the form of Tampa Bay and Las Vegas. The Bears don’t offer nearly as much the same level of offensive resistance, so it should be a solid week for the Panthers. They have generated eight turnovers, but their five sacks do leave something to be desired. This isn’t an upside play as much as it is a safe one.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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