Our Week 10 Fantasy Defense Leaderboard has most of the usual Studs at the top, but the Sleeper D / STs that keep popping up are more difficult than usual to pinpoint. Not only are several cheap matchups canceled due to free spins, but there are a few more potential waiver wire streamers pending as we wait to see who starts quarterback for a few teams.
Fortunately, this week only one D / ST, Cincinnati, which is even a semi-regular start, is canceled due to bye. Nobody will miss defending the Giants, Texans or Bears, but we will certainly miss being able to play D / STs against these offenses. That takes away at least a few high-end options and potential sleepers.
WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | Kicker
There are several cheap matchups available; Unfortunately, most of them go to D / STs that are already in place in most of the leagues. This likely means fewer owners will have to hit the waiver wire to find a streaming option, but if you’re in the group that does, you can check out the Eagles (@ Broncos), Raiders (vs. Chiefs), or Titans ( vs. saints).
WEEK 10 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | Kicker
Of course, the Titans’ sleep status likely depends on who starts under the center for New Orleans. Taysom Hill isn’t a great passer, but his running skills limit potential sacking and INT opportunities for defense. Tennessee is not an overly strong defense, so it really needs the great playing opportunities that Trevor Siemian is more likely to offer. The same goes for the Packers (vs. Seahawks), who would jump into the top 10 if Geno Smith started again instead of Russell Wilson (Finger). The Seahawks themselves would jump into streamer territory if Jordan Love starts again in place of Aaron Rodgers (reserve / COVID list).
Perhaps no defense would see a bigger shift in the ranking based on opposing QBs than Carolina (@ Cardinals). If Kyler Murray (Knuckles) starts, the Panthers will be practically useless despite several big weeks this year. If Colt McCoy is below the middle, Carolina has top 10 upside. Right now we expect Murray to start but stay tuned for the whole week.
There aren’t too many regular starters who are neglected by tough matchups. Miami and San Francisco saw ownership spikes last week, but with matches against the Ravens and Rams respectively this week, neither should be considered. New Orleans (@ Titans) is in a tough spot too, but a Tennessee crime without Derrick Henry isn’t nearly as scary.
There are plenty of good D / ST options out there this week, but there could be more depending on injury news. Be ready to upgrade when the opportunity presents itself, even if it means wearing two D / STs part of the week.
Note: We’ll be updating these D / ST leaderboards later this week so check back for the latest analysis and player movement.
Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 10: If you want to start, you can play fantasy football at D / ST
|1||Buffalo Bills @ NYJ|
|2||Arizona Cardinals versus CAR|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ WHAT|
|4th||Indianapolis Colts vs. JAX|
|5||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. DET|
|6th||Los Angeles Rams @ SF|
|7th||New England Patriots versus CLE. Cleveland’s offensive was inconsistent for most of the season, as evidenced by the 13.7 offensive points per game the Browns averaged over weeks 6-8. However, last week against a solid Cincinnati defense (and in their first game without Odell Beckham Jr.) the Browns scored 35 offensive points. The Patriots don’t have quite as high as usual, but there are still many advantages here. New England has racked up six sacks, seven takeaways and two D / ST touchdowns in the past three weeks. We know how dangerous the Pats can be when they get rolling, so it’s hard to fade them in a neutral matchup like this one.|
|8th||Tennessee Titans vs. NO.Even with Trevor Siemian primarily below the middle last week, the Saints continued to be one of the most imaginative offensives in the NFL, allowing only one sack and one turnover. However, a matchup against Atlanta isn’t exactly the best litmus test. Siemian should still be considered profitable, and Tennessee’s defense has really improved over the past five weeks. During that time, the Titans have collected 15 sacks, 11 takeaways and three defensive TDs. This includes games against the Bills, Chiefs, and Rams so the matchup isn’t too worrying at all.|
|9||Cleveland Browns @ NE.With multiple sacks in all but one game this year, Cleveland’s pass rush has been a constant. Takeaways weren’t quite as consistent, but the Browns come up with a defensive with three takeaways and a TD against a better offensive in Cincinnati. New England has been better from a mostly rocky start to the year, but rookie QB Mac Jones is still capable of some big mistakes, as we saw when he flipped it twice last week. The Browns have a solid floor and high ceiling in this matchup.|
|10||Baltimore Ravens @ MIA.The Ravens allow their fair share of big games, but facing either Jacoby Brissett or a battered Tua Tagovailoa (finger) on a Thursday night is a great recipe for getting back on track. In the five games in which Brissett saw a lot of action, he took 16 bags and turned them over seven times. Tagovailoa also threw at least one INT in each of his four full games. Those starting out are likely to struggle against Baltimore’s big play defense.|
|11||Dallas Cowboys versus ATL.To say Dallas has a takeaway or two “due” this week is an understatement. Having started the season with multiple takeaways in each of the first six games, Dallas had none in the last two competitions. The Cowboys D / ST mostly disappointed against Denver last week, but still managed four sacks. If Dallas can combine their solid passing onslaught with their ball-hawk methods early in the season, it should get a decent amount of fantasy points against an Atlanta offensive that it has flipped multiple times in three of its last four games.|
|12th||Philadelphia Eagles @ DEN.The Eagles were an all-or-nothing D / ST this year, which was best shown in their last two games: six points allowed, six sacks, one takeaway, one D / ST touchdown on week 8 and 27 allowed points , zero sacks, and zero takeaways in week 9. Despite a strong performance in Dallas last week, Denver still allowed four sacks and is an inexpensive matchup overall. The Eagles should recover with a decent defensive performance this week.|
|13||Las Vegas Raiders versus KC.The Chiefs finally got hold of the ball in Week 9 and wouldn’t allow takeaways after spinning it 19 times in Weeks 2-8. Nevertheless, the once high-profile offensive only scored 13 points. The Raiders continued their run of decent game against the Giants, allowing only 16 offensive points and recording three sacks and a snack. Vegas has multiple sacks in every game this year and seven takeaways in the last three. All in all, the Raiders should be able to produce a decent amount of Fantasy Points in a prime-time home game. Hopefully Kansas City doesn’t remember it’s Kansas City this week.|
|14th||New Orleans Saints @ TEN.Tennessee’s first game after Derrick Henry must be considered a success as it scored 22 offensive points, allowed three sacks and flipped it once. That was against the mighty Rams on the road, so it’s tempting to believe that it will be even better at home against the Saints. The New Orleans pass frenzy hasn’t taken any time off, posting 12 sacks in the past four games, but its ability to generate sales has been inconsistent. The Saints have multiple takeaways in four games this year, including two of the last four, but with only two in the other four games, you never know what you’re getting. Overall, the Saints have a decent floor, but their ceiling is lower than usual this week.|
|fifteen||Green Bay Packers vs. SEA.The Packers’ overall outlook depends on whether Russell Wilson (Finger) or Geno Smith are at the center. Wilson is a dangerous enemy even at less than 100 percent. Smith offers an easier route to points despite just one turnover in his three starts (as shown by his 13 sacks taken). Green Bay had racked up multiple takeaways in six out of seven games prior to week 9, but even after one wager-free game, the Packers allowed less than 15 offensive points for the third time in their last four competitions. There are still advantages no matter who starts for Seattle.|
|16||Carolina Panthers @ ARI.Colt McCoy impressed last week when he only took two bags and didn’t turn them over. Even so, if he starts again he will be vulnerable to sacks and takeaways against an aggressive defense like Carolina’s. If Kyler Murray (ankle) is below center, the Panthers will be a boom-or-bust D / ST that could still have some value thanks to its big play potential.|
|17th||Los Angeles Chargers vs. MIN|
|18th||Miami Dolphins vs. BAL|
|19th||Denver Broncos vs. PHI|
|20th||Minnesota Vikings @ LAC|
|21||Detroit Lions @ PIT|
|22nd||San Francisco 49ers versus LAR|
|23||Seattle Seahawks @ GB|
|24||Jacksonville Jaguars @ IND|
|25th||Kansas City Chiefs @ LV|
|26||Atlanta Falcons @ DAL|
|27||New York Jets versus BUF|
|28||Washington Football Team vs. TB|