Despite the fact that simply two groups are on bye this week, our Week 11 fantasy protection rankings are feeling the consequences. The Rams are usually a must-start, whereas the Broncos can work as a waiver wire streamer. Maybe simply as necessary, the Broncos are the kind of matchup that creates D/ST sleepers, in order that’s additionally thinning issues out a bit.
Even with that mentioned, there are nonetheless a number of matchup-based performs out there this week; sadly, most aren’t notably good defenses. The Eagles (vs. Saints) are probably the very best broadly out there defensive unit, however Trevor Siemian and the Saints are nonetheless taking part in pretty effectively, so the matchup, no less than on paper, is not overly interesting. The 49ers (@ Jaguars), Dolphins (@ Jets), and Washington (@ Panthers) are additionally in fairly good spots, however all current dangers given their degree of play this yr.
The Jets (vs. Dolphins) and Falcons (vs. Patriots) even have favorable house matchups, however they’re even weaker defensively than these listed above, so you would be taking an enormous threat beginning both.
Just a few homeowners would possibly must take some possibilities this week, as lineup regulars just like the Colts (@ Payments), Cardinals (@ Seahawks), and Steelers (@ Chargers) are in powerful spots. The Bengals have additionally been a well-liked play this yr, however a matchup in Vegas will not be straightforward.
Finally, you would possibly choose to stay with a D/ST that is been good for you a lot of the yr over a mediocre protection that has a positive matchup. We are inclined to favor the matchups, however at this level within the season, it is necessary to consider your document and rest-of-season outlook. For those who’re crusing towards the fantasy playoffs, then you possibly can afford to go the “high-floor” route. For those who’re in “must-win” mode, then play the matchups, go for the excessive ceiling, and fear about subsequent week on Tuesday.
It is also a good suggestion to have a look at future matchups and take into account carrying a number of D/STs so that you’re forward of the streaming recreation. For example, Philadelphia has the Giants, Jets, bye, Washington, Giants, and Washington via Week 17. Even should you do not wish to use the Eagles this week in opposition to the Saints, it is not a foul concept to have them round. Likewise, you won’t just like the Chargers in opposition to the Steelers (or possibly you do), however future matchups in opposition to the Denver (Week 12), the Giants (14), and Texans (16) might have the Bolts making an impression down the stretch.
General, this is not an excellent week for defenses. A few of the high items have favorable matchups, which is at all times nice for many who personal these D/STs, nevertheless it’s not an excellent week should you want a streamer. After all, any protection can get fortunate and get some takeaways or return TDs, so go along with your intestine and hope for the very best.
Observe: We’ll be updating these D/ST rankings all through the week, so examine again for the most recent evaluation and participant motion.
Fantasy Protection Rankings Week 11: Who to begin, sit at D/ST in fantasy soccer
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NYG|
|2||Tennessee Titans vs. HOU.|
|3||Buffalo Payments vs. IND|
|4||Carolina Panthers vs. WAS|
|5||New England Patriots @ ATL|
|6||Cleveland Browns vs. DET. The Browns massively upset in a barely favorable matchup final week, however the Lions merely do not rating whereas additionally permitting quantity of sacks. Detroit hasn’t topped 19 factors since Week 1, and over the previous six video games, they’ve given up no less than 4 sacks 4 occasions. Cleveland has a excessive flooring, and if it manages a pair takeaways, it should have a excessive ceiling, too.|
|7||Dallas Cowboys @ KC. The Chiefs have gotten again on observe after a string of multi-turnover video games, however the Cowboys rack up takeaways at a excessive clip. With no less than two INTs in six video games this yr and a number of sacks in all however three video games, Dallas has some main upside regardless of the probability the Chiefs rating quantity of factors.|
|8||Baltimore Ravens @ CHI. Chicago seemingly turned a nook previous to its bye, nevertheless it nonetheless allowed three sacks and turned it over twice. The Ravens have not pressured many takeaways this yr, however they’re coming off a four-sack recreation and have a tendency to maintain scores low in opposition to mediocre offenses. The Bears actually qualify, so take into account the Ravens a high-ceiling D/ST this week.|
|9||Miami Dolphins @ NYJ. Miami is lastly beginning to stay as much as its preseason hype, posting back-to-back monster video games. It was one factor for the Dolphins to generate 5 sacks and 4 takeaways in opposition to Houston, however to observe that up with 4 sacks, two takeaways, and a D/ST landing in opposition to Baltimore certainly raised some eyebrows. It is also value noting that Miami allowed simply 19 factors prior to now two weeks mixed. After 5 turnovers in Week 10, the Jets stay a top-three workforce by way of fantasy factors per recreation allowed to D/STs, so the Dolphins are in place to have one other large week.|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles vs. NO. Regardless of a QB change a pair weeks in the past, the Saints offense has remained pretty secure. Nonetheless, now we have a troublesome time pondering Trevor Siemian will persevering with taking part in principally turnover-free soccer. New Orleans allowed 4 sacks final week, so maybe we’re beginning to see some cracks within the system. The Eagles are coming off an enormous Week 10, giving them two spectacular performances of their previous three video games. Take into account Phillly a boom-or-bust possibility that probably deserves utilizing in a troublesome week.|
|11||San Francisco 49ers @ JAX. San Francisco has been one in all this season’s largest disappointments, however nearly each D/ST places up fantasy factors in opposition to the Jags. Even when groups do not get many sacks or takeaways, like Seattle in Week 8 and Buffalo in Week 9, the Jags rating so few factors that D/STs nonetheless have first rate fantasy days. In these video games, Jacksonville scored seven and 9 factors, respectively.|
|12||Washington Soccer Group @ CAR. The Panthers’ first Sam Darnold-less recreation nonetheless ended with two turnovers, however with zero sacks allowed and 34 offensive factors scored, the Panthers won’t be a “favorable” matchup anymore. That mentioned, nobody is frightened of P.J. Walker or Cam Newton, and Washington has been first rate over the previous 5 video games. In that span, Washington is averaging 2.4 sacks and 1.8 takeaways. It is nonetheless permitting quantity of factors, however there’s clearly a good flooring right here. Chase Younger (knee) figures to be out, although, in order that is perhaps sufficient motive to look elsewhere, nevertheless it’s not as if he was placing up large numbers this yr, so we nonetheless assume Washington can have a good recreation.|
|13||Los Angeles Chargers vs. PIT|
|14||Arizona Cardinals @ SEA|
|15||Cincinnati Bengals @ LV|
|16||Inexperienced Bay Packers @ MIN|
|17||Indianapolis Colts @ BUF|
|18||Pittsburgh Steelers @ LAC|
|19||New Orleans Saints @ PHI|
|20||New York Jets vs. MIA|
|21||Atlanta Falcons vs. NE|
|22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. CIN|
|23||Minnesota Vikings vs. GB|
|24||Jacksonville Jaguars vs. SF|
|25||Chicago Bears vs. BAL|
|26||Detroit Lions @ CLE|
|27||Seattle Seahawks vs. ARI|
|28||Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vs. DAL|
|29||Houston Texans @ TEN|
|30||New York Giants @ TB|