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Week 9 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

Thursday, November 3, 2016 7:47
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by Ray Kuhn

After a slate of games last week that were mostly projected to be tight battles, there are a few games this week that are setting up to be more one-sided. That means there are more opportunities to find some defensive matches worth targeting, but with six teams on bye streaming will once again prove to have some challenges. Let’s take a look at how the defenses rank for this week:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Buffalo
  4. Carolina Panthers – at Los Angeles Rams
  5. Dallas Cowboys – at Cleveland
  6. Green Bay Packers – vs. Indianapolis
  7. New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  8. Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  9. Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  10. New York Jets – at Miami
  11. Los Angeles Rams – vs. Carolina
  12. Buffalo Bills – at Seattle
  13. Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  15. San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee


  • It is never a good sign when a starting quarterback has to a seek out a coach to help with his mechanics in the middle of a season. After yet another ugly loss last week, it is clear that the Jaguars are struggling to find their footing on offense. This week they get to face to the Chiefs, which means having to deal not only with a top defense but a less than hospitable opposing crowd in Kansas City. The Chiefs have 14 sacks on the season, and are coming of a week in which they sacked the Colts six times. I would look for them to also add to their 11 interceptions so far this year against the struggling Blake Bortles.
  • Regardless of the fact that the Vikings have lost their last two games, it is quite difficult to go against Minnesota back at home. They have been one of the top defenses so far this season, and that should continue against the Lions. When making your DFS lineups defense is often a place where you can save some money, but depending on your roster construction,Minnesota is one of those teams that can give you an advantage. So far this year the Vikings already have 20 sacks to go along with nine sacks and seven fumble recoveries.
  • As of Wednesday night the Giants defense was just 9% owned on Yahoo. Their low ownership should not be entirely surprising as New York is coming off a bye week. In the off-season they spent a lot of money to upgrade their defense, and those changes are beginning to take root. The Giants have just nine sacks and six interceptions so far this season, but I would expect to see both of those numbers rise. This week they face the Eagles and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, and there is some opportunity there. Wentz has been rattled over the past two weeks, and the Eagles also have not been throwing the ball down the field; both of which will help the Giants.

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