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Week 1 Fantasy Defense Rankings: Sleepers, busts, waiver-wire D/ST streamers to target

Week 1 Fantasy Defense Rankings: Sleepers, busts, waiver-wire D/ST streamers to target

Be honest: Did you actually do any research on fantasy football defenses before your draft? It’s okay if you didn’t. D/ST is one of the hardest positions to draft, but it certainly qualifies as the easiest to stream. Often, fantasy owners can land one of the year’s top D/ST units on the waiver wire because certain teams emerge as surprisingly solid stop units, and teams with good injury luck often field solid depth. Of course, all of that doesn’t make putting our Week 1 fantasy defense rankings together any easier, as we only know so much about scheme and matchups.

We can still make some educated guesses, though. The Eagles (@ Washington), Colts (@ Jaguars), and Jaguars (vs. Colts) look like some of the best Week 1 streaming options if they’re available in your league. All are facing teams that have either a mediocre offensive line (Washington and Jacksonville) or a quarterback prone to turning the ball over (Indianapolis). That will give each team a chance to rack up points and potentially work their way into the top 10 defenses this week.

WEEK 1 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker

If you picked the Chiefs or Saints defenses, both of which are ranked in the top 10 of our D/ST rankings for 2020, then you might one to consider streaming right out of the games. The Chiefs are taking on the Texans and Deshaun Watson in what could be a shootout, while the Saints are taking on Tom Brady, who just doesn’t turn the ball over much. Both have enough playmakers that they could generate a big play and pay off, but they’re a bit risky to trust, at least in Week 1.

WEEK 1 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker

Until we see teams on the field, it will be tough to fully project which defenses have the best matchups, but based on what we know, these are how our D/ST rankings shake out for Week 1.

NOTE: Check back for updates throughout the week.

Week 1 Fantasy Defense Rankings

Rank Team
1 New England Patriots vs. Dolphins
2 Buffalo Bills vs. Jets
3 Pittsburgh Steelers @ Giants
4 Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington
5 Baltimore Ravens vs. Browns
6 Indianapolis Colts @ Jaguars
7 Chicago Bears @ Lions
8 San Francisco 49ers vs. Cardinals
9 Los Angeles Chargers @ Bengals
10 Tennessee Titans @ Broncos
11 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Colts
12 Denver Broncos vs. Titans
13 Seattle Seahawks @ Falcons
14 Carolina Panthers vs. Raiders
15 Minnesota Vikings vs. Packers
16 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Texans
17 Washington Football Team vs. Eagles
18 Los Angeles Rams vs. Cowboys
19 Green Bay Packers @ Vikings
20 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chargers
21 Detroit Lions vs. Bears
22 New Orleans Saints vs. Buccaneers
23 New York Jets @ Bills
24 Cleveland Browns @ Ravens
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Saints
26 Dallas Cowboys @ Rams
27 Houston Texans @ Chiefs
28 Las Vegas Raiders @ Panthers
29 New York Giants vs. Steelers
30 Arizona Cardinals @ 49ers
31 Atlanta Falcons vs. Seahawks
32 Miami Dolphins @ Patriots

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Christine founded Sports Grind Entertainment with an aim to bring relevant and unaltered Sports news to the general public with a specific view point for each story catered by the team. She is a proficient journalist who holds a reputable portfolio with proficiency in content analysis and research.

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Christine Watkins

Christine founded Sports Grind Entertainment with an aim to bring relevant and unaltered Sports news to the general public with a specific view point for each story catered by the team. She is a proficient journalist who holds a reputable portfolio with proficiency in content analysis and research.

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