Week 9 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Defenses

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by Ray Kuhn

At this point we have a pretty good idea of who to target. While some defenses are clearly better than others, it’s all about going after those weak offenses while seeking the upside. Let’s take a look at where that might be found for this week.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Dallas
  2. New England Patriots – at NY Jets
  3. Washington Football Team – vs. NY Giants
  4. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Miami
  5. Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
  6. New York Giants – at Washington
  7. Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  8. Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
  9. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
  10. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  11. Seattle Seahawks – at Buffalo
  12. Green Bay Packers – at San Francisco
  13. Atlanta Falcons – vs. Denver
  14. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Las Vegas
  15. Chicago Bears – at Tennessee

Notes:

  • As a good reminder of how fluid things can be, a month ago who would have expected that Dallas would be the prime option to target? With Dak Prescott and now Andy Dalton sidelined for this upcoming week, I’m not sure it really matters to Pittsburgh who the Cowboys put under center as the result will likely be the same. It’s not like the Steelers need much help as they have been one of the better options so far this season. Dallas’ offensive line is also not entering the week playing from a position of strength, and with 30 sacks through their first seven games Pittsburgh is in a strong position to capitalize. With 10 interceptions and three fumble recoveries the Steelers have also shown the ability to generate turnovers
  • The Washington Football Team is terrible. One area where they actually hold some true fantasy football value is on the defensive side of the ball as a borderline Top 10 option. While Daniel Jones has shown some progress while directing the Giants’ offense he continues to turn the ball over multiple times each week. In their previous matchup against New York, we saw Washington limit the Giants to 14 points while intercepting Jones once. Granted 14 of their 22 sacks have come in two games, but Washington has shown the ability to get after the quarterback and things do line up well for them.
  • Jacksonville has struggled on offense with Gardner Minshew under center but this week they won’t even have that luxury. Instead sixth round draft pick Jake Luton will be getting the start for the Jaguars and this is another chance for the Houston defense to turn things around. When the Texans faced Jacksonville earlier this season they had their best performance of the year holding the Jaguars to 14 points while recovering two fumbles and picking up four sacks. Things should only get easier against Luton and at some point you have to expect to see the Texans add to the one interception they have so far this season.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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