Several solid D/STs are on bye this week (Bills, Cowboys, Steelers), but fortunately, only one “favorable matchup” (Jaguars) is out. That opens the door for some risky potential sleepers and waiver wire pickups to enter the top 15 of our Week 7 fantasy defense rankings.
The Cardinals (vs. Texans), Panthers (@ Giants), Saints (@ Seahawks), Dolphins (vs. Falcons), and Giants (vs. Panthers) are all available in roughly half of leagues, and all are decent plays in a tough week. The Jets (@ Patriots) are also in play if you’re willing to trust them. It’s a bit surprising the Cardinals and Saints are so widely available given that they’ve been two of the best D/STs in fantasy this year, but you can find them in close to 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.
A couple D/STs that are normally in play are in rough matchups this week. The Bears (@ Buccaneers) are in the toughest spot, but the Broncos (@ Browns) are also not a recommended play. Even if you have the Bills or Steelers and the Bears are available on your waiver wire, you should look to the teams mentioned above.
It looks like an especially good week for a few of the top defenses, with the Rams (vs. Lions), Bucs (vs. Bears), and Patriots (vs. Jets) all in great matchups. Unfortunately, the starter’s tier drops off pretty noticeably after around eight or nine. The Colts (@ 49ers), Browns (vs. Broncos), and even the Seahawks (vs. Saints) are in play, but they have fairly low ceilings.
At least a few owners won’t feel great about their defense this week, but that’s not unusual, especially when the bye weeks start. Fortunately, one big play is all it takes for a defense to have a decent day, so just hope that return TD or a few takeaways and try to get through it.
Also, this is a good reminder to plan ahead. Several defenses that are good plays this week (Packers, Cardinals, Dolphins) were much more widely available prior to this waivers period. If you had the roster space to look ahead to Week 7 and grab one of these D/STs prior to Week 6 as a free agent, you wouldn’t have to fight the crowd.
Note: We’ll be updating these D/ST rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest analysis and player movement.
Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 7: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy football
|1||Los Angeles Rams vs. DET|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. CHI|
|3||New England Patriots vs. NYJ|
|4||Arizona Cardinals vs. HOU|
|5||Carolina Panthers @ NYG|
|6||New Orleans Saints @ SEA|
|7||Green Bay Packers vs. WAS|
|8||Miami Dolphins vs. ATL|
|9||Indianapolis Colts @ SF|
|10||New York Giants vs. CAR|
|11||Baltimore Ravens vs CIN|
|12||Cleveland Browns vs. DEN|
|13||San Francisco 49ers vs. IND|
|14||Seattle Seahawks vs. NO|
|15||Denver Broncos @ CLE|
|16||New York Jets @ NE|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals @ BAL|
|18||Atlanta Falcons @ MIA|
|19||Las Vegas Raiders vs. PHI|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles @ LV|
|21||Kansas City Chiefs @ TEN|
|22||Chicago Bears @ TB|
|23||Washington Football Team @ GB|
|24||Tennessee Titans vs. KC|
|25||Houston Texans @ ARI|
|26||Detroit Lions @ LAR|