The first bye weeks claim the Falcons, Saints, Jets, and 49ers, none of which are regular D/ST starters. However, we love to stream defenses against the Jets, and the Saints with Jameis Winston always present some boom-or-bust upside, too. The Falcons haven’t been great this year either, and the 49ers with a rookie QB provide some sleeper potential. Ultimately, the loss of those four teams weakens our Week 6 fantasy defense rankings, making start ’em, sit ’em decisions all the more muddled.
The good news for fantasy owners is that this looks like a pretty good for most of the top preseason D/STs. The Bucs (@ Eagles), Rams (@ Giants), and Steelers (vs. Seahawks) all have good matchups, with the Steelers getting the benefit of facing Geno Smith instead of Russell Wilson (hand). The Colts (vs. Texans) and Dolphins (@ Jaguars) finally have good matchups, too.
All of these defenses will be must-starts, as there aren’t a ton of worthwhile streamers. The Cowboys (@ Patriots), Bengals (@ Lions), Packers (@ Bears), and Seahawks (@ Steelers) are all in play with favorable to semi-favorable matchups, but chances are at least an owner or two in your league will have to slum it with an even riskier D/ST.
If you want to go the boom-or-bust route, the Chiefs (@ Washington) are probably your best option, but obviously you’re taking a risk anytime you play the Chiefs.
The Panthers (vs. Vikings) and Bills (@ Titans) are still in play despite less-than-ideal matchups, but you’re taking a much bigger chance if you stick with the Ravens (vs. Chargers), Patriots (vs. Cowboys), Broncos (vs. Raiders), or Browns (vs. Cardinals). Again, at least one or two owners might decide they’re better off sticking with what they have, especially in a week with marginal high-quality streaming options, but points will likely be harder to come by.
Obviously, the bye weeks make things more difficult at every position, but D/ST is often the hardest hit. That’s why it’s always important to be looking ahead and claiming the top streamers when they’re free agents. If you have to settle for a week, you have to settle. Make the points up elsewhere and move on. But this is the time of year when planning ahead can give you a big advantage, so scout those matchups and grab those streamers when there’s less competition for them.
Note: We’ll be updating these D/ST rankings as needed throughout the week. so check back for the latest movement and analysis.
Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy football
|1||Los Angeles Rams @ NYG|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SEA|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ PHI|
|4||Dallas Cowboys @ NE|
|5||Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals @ DET|
|7||Green Bay Packers @ CHI|
|8||Miami Dolphins @ JAX|
|9||Minnesota Vikings @ CAR|
|10||Carolina Panthers vs. MIN|
|11||Seattle Seahawks @ PIT|
|12||Buffalo Bills @ TEN|
|13||Las Vegas Raiders @ DEN|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs @ WAS|
|15||Baltimore Ravens vs. LAC|
|16||Denver Broncos vs. LV|
|17||Arizona Cardinals @ CLE|
|18||New England Patriots vs. DAL|
|19||Cleveland Browns vs. ARI|
|20||New York Giants vs. LAR|
|21||Philadelphia Eagles vs. TB|
|22||Houston Texans @ IND|
|23||Los Angeles Chargers @ BAL|
|24||Chicago Bears vs. GB|
|25||Washington Football Team vs. KC|
|26||Tennessee Titans vs. BUF|
|27||Detroit Lions vs. CIN|
|28||Jacksonville Jaguars vs. MIA|