Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: Defense


Fantasy playoff berths are on the line this week, and D/ST is the one position where even the best teams might be scouring the waiver wire for a streamer to get them over the top. A quick glance at our Week 13 fantasy defense rankings reveals how important sleepers will be this week, as several usual starting units are in the mid and lower tiers because of unfavorable matchups,

Among those defenses are the Vikings (@ Patriots), Jaguars (vs. Colts), Ravens (@ Falcons), Chargers (@ Steelers), and Steelers (vs. Chargers). Starting any would be a major risk in such a crucial week, though using the Titans, Dolphins, or Bills probably isn't going to make you feel much better. It should, though, as Tennessee (vs. Jets), Miami (vs. Bills), and Buffalo (@ Miami) all have favorable matchups and a good amount of upside this week, especially the two playing at home.

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Week 13 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Kicker

The very top of our rankings isn't overly strong, as several of the upper-tier units tend to give up yards and even points, but they also make big plays and have great matchups (Packers vs. Cardinals, Panthers @ Bucs, Chiefs @ Raiders). Even our Nos. 10-12 units, the Eagles (vs. Redskins), Broncos (@ Bengals), and Rams (@ Lions), have difficulties in those regards, but the former two could both be facing backup QBs, and the latter is facing a spiraling Lions offense that could be without two key skill players.

Note: These rankings will be updated with analysis during the week, so check back for updates.

WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end (coming soon)

Week 13 Fantasy Defense Rankings

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues

1 Chicago Bears @ Giants. Even with the Giants offense playing better in recent weeks (seven sacks, one takeaway allowed in the past three games), there's no other pick for the top D/ST than the Bears, who have continued to rack up sacks (14), takeaways (12) and defensive TDs (4) over the past four games.
2 Green Bay Packers vs. Cardinals. The Cardinals only allowed two sacks and one takeaway while scoring 10 points at the Chargers last week -- and that basically represents the D/ST floor against them. Green Bay's D/ST has slowed down after a hot start this year, but this cold-weather home matchup against a sinking Cardinals' team is a can't-miss opportunity for fantasy owners.
3 Carolina Panthers @ Buccaneers. When these teams met in Week 9, Carolina had three sacks and two takeaways. Tampa failed to throw multiple INTs for the first time since Week 2 last week, but Jameis Winston always has multi-turnover potential, so the fact he didn't allow any takeaways last week means he's overdue this week.
4 Kansas City Chiefs @ Raiders. Oakland has done a good job limiting turnovers lately (two in the past four games), but they can't keep Derek Carr upright, allowing 19 sacks in that span. The Chiefs have a knack for getting sacks, totaling 17 in the past four games in addition to seven takeaways. In another matchup of a sinking team facing a contender, Kansas City should be fresh and ready off a bye to help the Raiders in their quest for the No. 1 pick.
5 Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers. The Seahawks D/ST has struggled over the past several games, but matchups against the Panthers, Packers and Rams (two of which were on the road) will do that to you. Back home against a much weaker opponent, Seattle has a chance to do what a much weaker Tampa defense did to San Francisco last week (nine points allowed, four sacks, two takeaways). 
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6 Tennessee Titans vs. Jets
7 Houston Texans vs. Browns
8 Miami Dolphins vs. Bills
9 Buffalo Bills @ Dolphins
10 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Redskins
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11 Denver Broncos @ Bengals
12 Los Angeles Rams @ Lions
13 Indianapolis Colts @ Jaguars
14 Washington Redskins @ Eagles
15 New England Patriots vs. Vikings
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16 New Orleans Saints @ Cowboys
17 New York Jets @ Titans
18 Baltimore Ravens @ Falcons
19 Los Angeles Chargers @ Steelers
20 Cleveland Browns @ Texans
21 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Colts
22 Minnesota Vikings @ Patriots
23 Atlanta Falcons vs. Ravens
24 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chargers
25 New York Giants vs. Bears
26 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Broncos
27 Dallas Cowboys vs. Saints
28 San Francisco 49ers @ Seahawks
29 Arizona Cardinals @ Packers
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Panthers
31 Detroit Lions vs. Rams
32 Oakland Raiders vs. Chiefs