After a mediocre week for streaming defenses in Week 10, our Week 11 fantasy protection rankings are getting stronger. It is easy to perceive why. Final week, two of the worst offenses within the NFL, the Jets and the Cowboys, had been on bye. These two groups have been two of the three finest offenses to target all through the season, so with each returning, there shall be a possibility to discover some new sleepers and streamers on the D/ST spot.
In Week 11, the Chargers get the pleasure of taking over the Jets whereas the Vikings will draw the Cowboys. Neither the Chargers nor the Vikings have been notably good this 12 months, however the Chargers needs to be a top-10 play given the problems New York has had producing offense. Prior to their bye, the Jets performed effectively in opposition to the Patriots, but when the Chargers get Joey Bosa (concussion) again from an harm, their upside shall be sky excessive.
In the meantime, the Vikings aren’t essentially a protected play, however they’re a streamer value contemplating. They’ve performed higher on protection in opposition to weaker offenses and had allowed 23 or fewer factors to the Falcons, Packers, and Lions in three video games earlier than their Monday Night time Soccer conflict with the Bears. Even when Andy Dalton (concussion/COVID) returns, the Vikings ought to have an opportunity to strain him and power him into some errors.
Past these two groups, the Dolphins (@ Broncos), Browns (vs. Eagles), and Washington (vs. Cincinnati) all have nice matchups and could be trusted as worthwhile streaming choices. The Dolphins are establishing themselves as top-of-the-line defensive models within the NFL, so they need to be scooped within the 43 % of Yahoo leagues wherein they’re nonetheless accessible. There’s actual long-term potential with Miami. The Falcons even have boom-or-bust upside in opposition to turnover-prone Jameis Winston.
After all, it isn’t all excellent news on protection. Usually, the Bears and the Giants could be among the many finest offenses to exploit, however they’re idle in Week 11. The Bears are also normally a top-10 defensive begin, so their absence will skinny the rankings a bit in additional methods than one. The opposite byes (Payments, 49ers) haven’t got massive impacts on the rankings, as these models had largely been mid-tier choices, at finest, this season.
Should you’re an proprietor of the Rams or Colts D/ST models, it might be a great week to sit them. The Rams have a tricky matchup with a Bucs staff that’s stacked on offense, and whereas they’re susceptible to the occasional clunker, they need to have the opportunity to deal with the Rams if they’ll neutralize their two defensive stars (Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey).
In the meantime, the Colts will tackle the Packers, one other nice offense that is perhaps getting even stronger with Allen Lazard set to return. The Colts D/ST simply scored 12 fantasy factors in opposition to a stable Titans offense, so that they’re nonetheless playable, particularly once you consider that the Packers simply allowed two turnovers, a sack, and a return TD to Jacksonville’s weak D/ST. Indianapolis nonetheless comes with much more danger than regular, although, so examine the waiver wire for the sleepers talked about above earlier than locking within the Colts.
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Week 11 Fantasy Defense Rankings
|1||Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jaguars. The Steelers are tied for the league lead in takeaways with the Bucs (17), are averaging a league-high 4 sacks per sport, and have the third-best scoring protection within the NFL at 19 factors per sport allowed. Whereas Jake Luton has had a surprisingly stable begin to his profession, he will not stand an opportunity of doing something in opposition to what’s arguably the NFL’s finest protection. Hearth up the Steelers on this matchup and anticipate the rookie to commit greater than the one turnover he has averaged in his first two begins.|
|2||Miami Dolphins @ Broncos. Up to now this season, the Broncos have allowed 9.6 fantasy factors per sport (FPPG) to defenses. That may largely be blamed on their league-high 21 giveaways and Drew Lock’s penchant for multi-interception video games (three in his final 5). The Dolphins have the NFL’s fifth-best scoring protection (20.2 factors per sport) and have had three defensive TDs, three interceptions, and three fumble recoveries of their final three video games. They need to feast in opposition to the Dolphins, particularly if they’ll power Denver to play from behind on this one.|
|3||Cleveland Browns vs. Eagles. Carson Wentz continues to be susceptible to creating unfavorable performs which have damage the Eagles and helped defenses. He has been sacked a league-high 35 instances, and his 12 interceptions are good for the league lead, as effectively. The Browns are tied for the eighth-most takeaways at 14, and the Eagles are tied for the third-most giveaways at 17. The Browns are additionally tied for the 10th-most sacks per sport within the league at 2.4. They need to have the opportunity to strain Wentz into some traditional errors and make life very troublesome for him.|
|4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jets. The Jets allowed 10.1 FPPG to D/STs, tied for probably the most within the NFL. In addition they rank final within the league in factors per sport (13.4) and yards per sport (266). The Chargers have had some points on protection, but when Joey Bosa (concussion) returns to motion in Week 11, they might get some strain on Joe Flacco. The matchup is just too good to cross on the Chargers right here, so that they signify top-of-the-line streaming choices of the week.|
|5||Washington Soccer Staff vs. Bengals. Washington has averaged 3.1 sacks per sport this season, and their robust defensive position chock stuffed with former first-round picks ought to have an opportunity to get some severe strain on Joe Burrow. The Bengals’ offensive line is in robust form proper now thanks, partially, to accidents, and Burrow was simply sacked 4 instances by the Steelers. Washington ought to have the opportunity to get comparable strain on Burrow who’s second within the league in sacks suffered on the season (32). That may give them a excessive flooring if they’ll use their top-ranked cross protection (194.7 yards per sport) to power Burrow into some protection sacks, as effectively.|
|6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Rams. After being dominated by the Saints, the Bucs bounced again and dominated the Panthers. They racked up three sacks, a choose, and allowed simply 23 factors to a robust offensive unit. The Bucs have generated 17 takeaways on the 12 months, tied for probably the most within the NFL, and although the Rams have a stable offense, Jared Goff is susceptible to poor play in opposition to a number of the league’s higher defenses. If the Bucs can take away the run sport — they’ve the NFL’s high run defenses at 76.6 dashing yards allowed per sport — and strain Goff, he ought to commit some errors as he did in a four-turnover sport in opposition to the Dolphins only a few weeks in the past.|
|7||Baltimore Ravens vs. Titans. The Titans have a strong-looking offense on paper, however in current weeks, they’ve sputtered. They’ve averaged simply 21.Three factors and 313.Eight yards per sport of their previous 4 outings, and the figures are a bit skewed by some garbage-time yardage and factors put up in opposition to the Bengals in Week 8. The Ravens have the league’s finest scoring protection (18.Three factors per sport) and will problem the Titans. Nonetheless, Tennessee has turned the ball over a league-low 4 instances and Ryan Tannehill has solely be sacked on 12 events, so the Ravens’ ceiling is not very excessive until they’ll power an uncharacteristic Titans turnover and switch it right into a defensive TD.|
|8||Kansas Metropolis Chiefs @ Raiders. In Week 5, the Raiders offense dropped 40 factors on the Chiefs and shocked their AFC West rival to hand them their first lack of the season. Now, the Chiefs shall be out for revenge. Although the Raiders offense has been good this season, the Chiefs have allowed simply 20.Three factors per sport to offenses, good for the sixth fewest within the NFL. Contemplating that they are contemporary and rested coming off a bye, they are going to be prepared to fight the Raiders and repair the errors they made of their first assembly this 12 months. The Chiefs have 14 takeaways, tied for eighth most within the NFL, so they might look to get in Derek Carr’s face and power some fumbles, which have been a problem for him (8, tied for second most within the league).|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals @ Washington. Per week earlier than a drubbing by the hands of the Steelers, the Bengals protection restricted the Titans to simply 20 factors, most of which got here in rubbish time after the sport had been determined. Now, they get to tackle Washington and their weak offense. Whereas Alex Smith does not (normally) flip the ball over, he has taken 10 sacks whereas taking part in simply 161 snaps thus far this season. The speed is unlikely to proceed, however the Bengals can a minimum of get some strain on Smith and benefit from an offense that has allowed the fourth-most FPPG to defenses this 12 months (9.1).|
|10||Houston Texans vs. Patriots. Even once they win, the Patriots offense does not look that spectacular. They’re middle-of-the-pack in yards per sport, however they’re averaging 21 factors per sport (sixth fewest within the NFL) and have dedicated 15 turnovers on the 12 months (tied for sixth most within the NFL). The Texans ought to have an opportunity to comprise them after they did effectively to decelerate the Browns’ passing assault. They nonetheless have points in opposition to the run, which shall be an issue in opposition to a reinvented, ground-first Patriots staff, but when they’ll power some turnovers of Cam Newton or play good red-zone protection as they did in opposition to the Browns, they are going to be a possible sleeper choice for Week 11.|
|11||Minnesota Vikings vs. Cowboys. The Vikings’ protection is not an thrilling unit to belief given the problems they’ve had masking receivers, however there may be purpose for optimism on this one. The Cowboys have allowed 10.1 FPPG to defenses this 12 months and are second within the league in giveaways (20) behind solely the Broncos. The Vikings ought to have the opportunity to benefit from that if their younger cornerback group continues to enhance with extra taking part in time.|
|12||Philadelphia Eagles @ Browns. Of their previous two video games, the Browns have scored a grand whole of 16 factors. Granted, one was performed in heavy wind and rain, however the staff’s offense merely does not look good, and it is clear that they are lacking Odell Beckham Jr. after his season-ending knee harm. The Eagles shall be ready to use their robust entrance to clamp down on the run to make the Browns attempt to beat them by means of the air. The Eagles do not precisely have an awesome secondary, but when they’ll cowl Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield can have to discover a new playmaker to convert key third downs. If that occurs, the Eagles may maintain the Browns to beneath 20 factors and be a worthwhile streamer.|
|13||Inexperienced Bay Packers @ Colts. Philip Rivers has been extra hit than miss currently for the Colts, however he’s nonetheless susceptible to the occasional clunker. The Packers had three sacks in opposition to the Jaguars final week, and if they’ll get strain on the veteran quarterback, they may have an opportunity to power him into sacks and interceptions given his lack of escapability. There isn’t any assure that the Packers will do effectively given the problems they’ve on the bottom, but when they’ll decelerate the Colts’ operating assault, anticipate them to put forth respectable numbers as a streamer.|
|14||New England Patriots @ Texans. The Texans have averaged 18 factors per sport of their previous three outings and had been simply stymied by a Browns protection that has its share of points in the course of the sector. The Patriots appeared to determine one thing out on protection in opposition to the Ravens and their run-stuffing points regarded like a factor of the previous in that one. They need to have an opportunity to restrict the Texans, particularly with Duke Johnson carrying the load at RB as an alternative of the injured David Johnson (concussion).|
|15||Los Angeles Rams @ Buccaneers. Usually, the Rams are a must-start on protection, and so they did simply generate a whopping six sacks and three turnovers in opposition to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Nonetheless, the Bucs have a significantly better offensive line than the Seahawks, so that they’ll have the opportunity to negate a number of the strain that the Rams created in that sport. Aaron Donald will nonetheless have a great sport, however the ceiling for the Rams is restricted given how good the Bucs’ offense is when it is buzzing.|
|16||Indianapolis Colts vs. Packers. Just like the Rams, the Colts are normally a high play, however they draw a tricky matchup this week. Whereas the Jaguars scored a punt return TD and notched two turnovers in opposition to the Packers, the Colts could also be hard-pressed to repeat that success. Aaron Rodgers shall be wanting to bounce again and has the weapons wanted to try this regardless of the Colts’ robust protection. You’ll be able to nonetheless lean on fantasy soccer’s No. 1 defensive unit, however there are different higher choices to take into account this week.|
|17||Atlanta Falcons @ Saints. With Jameis Winston seemingly to begin rather than Drew Brees (ribs), some might query if the Falcons protection is playable due to Winston’s penchant for turnovers. Maybe they might be, but it surely’s exhausting to belief such a weak secondary given the plethora of weapons that Winston can have to throw to (Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook dinner, Emmanuel Sanders, and so forth.). Think about the Falcons the final word boom-or-bust play this week.|
|18||Carolina Panthers vs. Lions. Matthew Stafford is coping with a thumb harm, however he’s anticipated to play for the Lions. If that modifications, the Panthers could be a extra interesting streamer. However for now, they are not value trusting.|
|19||Denver Broncos vs. Dolphins|
|20||New Orleans Saints vs. Falcons|
|21||Dallas Cowboys @ Vikings|
|22||Seattle Seahawks vs. Cardinals|
|23||Detroit Lions @ Panthers. If Teddy Bridgewater (knee) cannot play, the Lions might transfer up in these rankings, as P.J. Walker, who was favored to be the XFL MVP, would take over for Bridgewater. They’re nonetheless not a beneficial begin, although, because the staff did simply hand over a profession excessive in passing yards to Alex Smith.|
|24||Tennessee Titans @ Ravens|
|25||Arizona Cardinals @ Seahawks|
|26||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Chiefs|
|27||Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Steelers|
|28||New York Jets @ Chargers|