The byes aren’t kind to our Week 7 fantasy defense rankings. The season has already been skewed heavily in favor of offenses due to the lack of a preseason, and nowthe top two fantasy D/STs, the Colts and Ravens, are idle. Additionally, the surging Dolphins defense will be on bye along with Minnesota’s, which also means mistake-prone QBs Philip Rivers, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Kirk Cousins are off, with further weakens the potential for sleepers. Because of this, plenty of fantasy football owners are going to be looking for waiver-wire streamers this week.
The Bills (@ Jets) top this week’s D/ST rankings, and while they are alreadyowned in many fantasy leagues (67 percent of Yahoo leagues), be sure to check to see if they’re available. An owner may have dropped the Bills because they’re playing the Chiefs in Week 6, but with a significantly better matchup on deck and the return oftheir top two defensive players, Tre’Davious White and Matt Milano, look for them to have a big week.
WEEK 7 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end| Kicker
If the Bills are unavailable, the Chargers are a solid option. Coming off a bye, theyget to take on the Jaguars at home. Gardner Minshew doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, but the Chargers should be able to get pressure on him. If they can get either DE Melvin Ingram or CB Chris Harris back, their defense will look a lot stronger as they try to limit the Jaguars’ offense.
WEEK 7 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker
The Browns also could be a good play this week. They are taking on the Bengals, and Joe Burrow has proven to have some issues against stronger defenses like the Ravens and Colts. The takeaway-happy Browns do have a weakness at safety, but they have enough on their defensive line to pressure Burrow, who has been the most frequently sacked quarterback in the NFL.
If you need to dig deeper for streamers, look at all four NFC East teams, who are playing each other this week (Giants-Eagles, Cowboys-Washington). That division has proven to be the weakest in football this year, and one of the main reasons for this is the poor offensive line play, as well as turnover-prone quarterbacks. None of the teams block well up front, so these defenses can all be started against one another. The Eagles (vs. Giants) are probably the best of the bunch, as they’replaying on a short week at home against Daniel Jones, who has been especially prone to sacks and turnovers behind his terrible O-Line.
NOTE: Check back for updates and analysis throughout the week.
Week 7 Fantasy Defense Rankings
|1||Buffalo Bills @ Jets|
|2||Los Angeles Rams vs. Bears|
|3||New England Patriots vs. 49ers|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Giants|
|5||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jaguars|
|6||Cleveland Browns @ Bengals|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs @ Broncos|
|8||Chicago Bears @ Rams|
|9||Dallas Cowboys @ Washington|
|10||San Francisco 49ers @ Patriots|
|11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Raiders|
|12||Pittsburgh Steelers @ Titans|
|13||Washington Football Team vs. Cowboys|
|14||New York Giants @ Eagles|
|15||Green Bay Packers @ Texans|
|16||Jacksonville Jaguars @ Chargers|
|17||New Orleans Saints vs. Panthers|
|18||Tennessee Titans vs. Steelers|
|19||Seattle Seahawks @ Cardinals|
|20||Carolina Panthers @ Saints|
|21||Arizona Cardinals vs. Seahawks|
|22||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Browns|
|23||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Buccaneers|
|24||Atlanta Falcons vs. Lions|
|25||Houston Texans vs. Packers|
|26||Detroit Lions @ Falcons|
|27||New York Jets vs. Bills|
|28||Denver Broncos vs. Chiefs|