Saturday, January 22

Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 16: Who To Start With, Sit D / ST In Fantasy Football

No one enjoyed last week’s cavalcade of postponements and inactive players, but if there’s one fantasy football position that potentially benefited, it was D / ST. When key offensive players are out, especially offensive linemen and quarterbacks, suddenly there are more D / ST sleepers. Our Week 16 fantasy defense rankings already feature a slew of potential streamers, so this is shaping up to be a week with no shortage of viable options for your go, sit-down decisions.

The Eagles (vs. Giants), Chargers (@ Texans), Bengals (vs. Ravens), 49ers (@ Titans), Saints (vs. Dolphins) and Seahawks (vs. Bears) are owned by about 50 percent of the leagues. and have solid matchups this week. The Saints are the riskiest, but they always have more advantages at home. Even the consistently stellar Colts (@ Cardinals) aren’t everyone’s property and despite a tough matchup, they’ve shown they can produce in any matchup.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker

If you really want to trust the stats, you can go for both sides of the Lions-Falcons and Jaguars-Jets games. Neither of these D / STs have done much this year (although both the Lions and Jets are coming off big weeks), but they all have top-10 matchups. If we were to pick one, the Jets have the biggest advantage, but it’s worth noting that the Jaguars played a little better last week without Urban Meyer making the decisions, and the Lions have been playing better lately as well. Still, you’d have to be pretty desperate (or in a very deep league) to consider one of these units with so many other potential streamers available.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker

Aside from being a solid week for streamers, it’s a good week for some of the more reliable defenses. The Cardinals (vs. the Colts) have the most troubling matchup among the top D / STs, but they can still get started because Carson Wentz is prone to mistakes. If Arizona can force Indianapolis into more passing situations than New England did last week, they can still pay off despite how mediocre they looked in a premium matchup against Detroit. The Steelers (@ Chiefs) and Ravens (@ Bengals) are still heavily possessed, but they seem to be sticking around this week.

More D / ST options are likely to emerge throughout the week, especially if any quarterbacks end up on the disabled / COVID lists. This can also work the other way around, if a team’s defense is decimated by sick players. Keep track of all updates and prepare to connect with free agency. You may have a solid D / ST, but there may also be a better option available. At this point in the season, all points matter.

Note: We’ll update these D / ST ratings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.

Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 16: Who To Start With, Sit D / ST In Fantasy Football

Rank Player
one Tampa Bay Buccaneers in CAR
two Buffalo Bills @ NE
3 Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG
4 Miami Dolphins @ NO
5 Los Angeles Rams @ MIN
6 Green Bay Packers vs. CLE
7 New England Patriots vs. BUF
8 Dallas Cowboys at PHI
9 Los Angeles Chargers @ HOU
10 Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
eleven Indianapolis Colts @ ARI
12 Arizona Cardinals vs. IND
13 Cincinnati Bengals vs. BAL
14 San Francisco 49ers @ TEN
fifteen New Orleans Saints vs. MIA
sixteen Seattle Seahawks vs. CHI
17 Denver Broncos in LV
18 Pittsburgh Steelers at KC
19 New York Jets vs. JAX
twenty Atlanta Falcons vs. DET
twenty-one Las Vegas Raiders vs. DEN
22 Tennessee Titans vs. SF
23 Jacksonville Jaguars @ NYJ
24 Baltimore Ravens at CIN
25 Cleveland Browns in GB
26 Detroit Lions at ATL
27 Chicago Bears in the SEA
28 New York Giants @ PHI
29 Carolina Panthers vs. tuberculosis
30 Minnesota Vikings vs. LAR
31 Washington @ DAL Soccer Team
32 Houston Texans vs. LAC

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