Despite only two teams saying goodbye this week, our Week 11 fantasy defense rankings are feeling the effects. The Rams usually have to start, while the Broncos can act as a give-up wire dispenser. Perhaps just as importantly, the Broncos are the type that makes D/ST sleepers, so that thins things out a bit too.
Even with that said, there are still a few match-based plays available this week; unfortunately, most are not particularly good defenses. The Eagles (compared to the Saints) may be the best defensive unit in the area, but Trevor Siemian and the Saints are still playing quite effectively, so the match, at least on paper, isn’t too exciting. The 49ers (@Jaguars), Dolphins (@Jets) and Washington (@Panthers) are also in pretty good positions, but all pose a risk to their level of play this year.
The Jets (vs. Dolphins) and Falcons (vs. Patriots) also have favorable home games, but they are even weaker defensively than those listed above, so you will also meet Big risk to get started.
Some owners may need to seize some opportunities this week, as roster companies such as the Colts (@Bills), Cardinals (@Seahawks) and Steelers (@ Chargers) are in the running. difficult. Bengals are also a popular game this year, but a match in Vegas won’t be easy.
In the end, you can choose to stick with a good D/ST for you for most of the year rather than a mediocre defense that has a favorable game. We tend to prioritize games, but at this point in the season, it’s important to take into account performance and prospects for the rest of the season. If you’re going to the fantasy knockout, then you can afford to go the “high floor” route. If you’re in “force to win” mode, then play the matches, find the high ceiling, and worry about next week on Tuesday.
You should also consider future matches and consider bringing along plenty of D/ST to keep you ahead of the streaming game. For example, Philadelphia has Giants, Jets, bye, Washington, Giants and Washington through the end of Week 17. Even if you don’t want to use the Eagles this week against the Saints, that’s not an opinion. bad if you have them. Likewise, you may not like Chargers against the Steelers (or maybe you do), but future matches against Denver (Week 12), Giants (14) and Texans (16) might causes the Bolt to produce a stress-reducing effect.
Overall, this hasn’t been a great week for defence. Some of the top units have favorable matches, which is always great for those who own those D/STs, but it’s not a great week if you need a streamer. Of course, any defense can get lucky and get some lessons learned or TD back, so give it your all and hope for the best.
Note: We’ll be updating this D/ST leaderboard throughout the week, so check back for the latest analysis and player movements.
Week 11 Virtual Defensive Leaderboard: Who’s Started, Sits D/ST in Fantasy Football
|first||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs NYG|
|2||Tennessee Titans and HOUs.|
|3||Buffalo Bills vs. IND|
|4||Carolina Panthers vs. WAS|
|5||New England Patriots @ ATL|
|6||Cleveland Browns vs DET. The Browns massively disappointed in a slightly favorable game last week, but the Lions simply failed to score while leaving a large amount of sacks on. Detroit hasn’t top 19 points since Week 1, and in the past six games they have dropped out at least four times. Cleveland has a high floor, and if it manages to do a few things, it will also have high ceilings.|
|7||Dallas Cowboys @ KC. The Captains were back on track after a string of high-grossing games, but the Cowboys hit the high-end at a high clip. With at least two INTs in six games this year and multiple kills in all but three, Dallas has some big advantages despite the possibility of the Captain scoring multiple points.|
|8||Baltimore Ravens @ CHI. Chicago seems to have turned a corner before goodbye, but it still allows three sacks and flips it twice. This year, The Ravens aren’t required to study much, but they are playing a four-pocket game and tend to keep scores low against trivial offenses. Bears definitely qualify, so consider Raven the high-ceiling D/ST this week.|
|9||Miami Dolphins @ NYJ. Miami is finally starting to live up to the pre-season hype, posting monster games in a row. It was one thing for the Dolphins to make five bags and four lines to beat Houston, but following that with four bags, two lanes and a D/ST encounter against Baltimore certainly raised some eyebrows. It’s also important to note that Miami has only been allowed 19 points in the past two weeks. After five innings in Week 10, the Jets are still the top team in terms of fantasy points per game allowed D/STs, so the Dolphins are ready for another big week.|
|ten||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Despite the QB change a few weeks ago, the Saints are still pretty stable. However, we have a hard time thinking that Trevor Siemian will continue to play mostly unrevenue football. New Orleans allowed four sacks last week, so maybe we’re starting to see some cracks in the system. The Eagles are having a hugely successful Week 10, with two impressive performances in the past three games. Think of Phillly as a potentially boom or bust option worth using during a rough week.|
|11||San Francisco 49ers @ JAX. San Francisco has been one of this season’s biggest disappointments, but pretty much every D/ST has fantasies compared to Jags. Even when teams don’t get many bags or cards, such as Seattle in Week 8 and Buffalo in Week 9, the Jags score so few points that the D/STs still have pretty good fantasy days. In those games, Jacksonville scored seven and nine points, respectively.|
|twelfth||Washington @ CAR football team. The Panthers’ first game without Sam Darnold still ended with two rotations, but with no bags allowed and 34 offensive points scored, the Panthers may not be a “favorable” game anymore. That said, no one is afraid of PJ Walker or Cam Newton, and Washington has played pretty well over the past five games. During that time period, Washington is consuming an average of 2.4 sacks and 1.8 trips. It still allows a good amount of points, but there is clearly a decent floor here. However, Chase Young’s (knee) numbers will come out, so that might be reason enough to look elsewhere, but it’s not if he’s coming up with the big numbers this year, so we still think Washington can have a good game.|
|13||Arizona Cardinals @ SEA. Even with Russell Wilson back last week, the Seahawks fouled foul, failed to score while leaving three bags and two cards. Seattle should have been better at home, but have lost (at least two games each, 16 of the last four) and are likely to score only a moderate number of points. Arizona is in the top 10 for sacks and top 3 for items to watch out for, so it always has a solid foundation.|
|14||Green Bay Packers @ MIN. Packers continue to increase sales and keep scores low. They have had at least two points in seven of the past nine games, and after their shutdown last week, they have averaged 11.6 points in the past five games. Like Arizona, Green Bay has a fairly high floor and is probably safer than teams like the Eagles, 49ers and Washington.|
|15||Cincinnati Bengals @ LV. The Raiders have struggled a bit lately, flipping four times and scoring just 30 offensive points in their past two games combined. The Bengals have been inconsistent lately, but bye will put them in a better position to get strong and take advantage of the dwindling Raid onslaught.|
|16||Indianapolis Colts @ BUF. Buffalo remains a tough attacker for the defense to score fantasy, but it has made multiple turns in each of the past two games against the lowly Jags and Jets. Perhaps Indy’s big-player defense has plenty of errors in all but three of this year’s games that could be leveraged enough to secure a solid total.|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers @ LAC|
|18||New Orleans Saints @ FIRE|
|19||New York Jets vs. MIA|
|20||Atlanta Falcons vs. NE|
|21||Los Angeles Charger vs. PIT|
|22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. CIN|
|23||Minnesota Vikings vs GB|
|24||Jacksonville Jaguars vs SF|
|25||Chicago Bears vs BAL|
|26||Detroit Lions @ CLE|
|27||Seattle Seahawks vs ARI|
|28||Kansas City captain vs DAL|
|29||Houston Texans @ TEN|
|30||New York Giants @ TB|