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This season, there has been a lot of volatility amongst fantasy football defenses, aside from the Patriots and 49ers. For instance, the Panthers have fallen from being the third-best fantasy defense to the fifth-best defense. Plus, the Ravens have gone from being outside of the ten-best defenses to moving up to the seventh-best defense in Yahoo Fantasy Football. One under radar team that fantasy owners should pay attention to Oakland Raiders due to the phenomenal play of their defensive line.
Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Buffalo is one of the best fantasy defenses to have in week 11, and this isn’t solely based on the fact that they’re playing Miami. This season, the Bills are allowing the third-fewest points and third-fewest total yards per game to opponents. Additionally, the Bills are allowing the third-fewest explosive plays (plays of 20+ yards), and the Dolphins offense is generating the second-fewest explosive plays (Yahoo). Dolphins signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown the fewest passing yards per game amongst qualifying starters, and the Dolphins running back committee has the fewest rushing yards per game this season. Therefore, the Bills are a safe fantasy bet in week 11.
Opponent: Denver Broncos
The Minnesota Vikings are a solid fantasy defense to select in week 11. The Vikings are currently the ninth-ranked fantasy defense and have accumulated the seventh-most sacks in the league. Every time the Vikings defense plays one of the ten most generous offenses in terms of allowing defensive fantasy points, they have scored 12+ points. On Sunday, Vikings host a faltering Broncos offense that has scored the fifth least points per game and is allowing the fourth-highest sack rate in the NFL.
Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
The Panthers defense is a fantasy sleeper that is going to disrupt the Falcons offense in week 11. The Panthers secondary has been incredible this year, generating 12 interceptions, which is the third-most in the NFL. Matt Ryan has seen an uptick in his interception numbers this year, falling in the bottom 10 in terms of INT % rate and total interceptions. Additionally, the Atlanta Falcons offensive line allows the fifth-highest sack rate in the NFL, which is excellent news for a Panthers defense that has the most sacks in the NFL (football outsiders).
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
The Oakland Raiders are coming off a week in which they harassed Phillip Rivers, forcing him to suffer five sacks, fumble once, and throw three interceptions. The Raiders D has been improving for three consecutive weeks and has had ten sacks in their past three games. Oakland heads into week 11 against a horrible Bengals offense that has scored the fourth-fewest points per game. Expect the Raiders defensive line to accumulate even more sacks against a shoddy Cincy offensive line that has given up the sixth-most sacks. The Raiders defense is chomping at the bit to get after Ryan Finley, especially considering Finley was sacked twice and threw a pick-six in his last game.
New England Patriots
Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
There’s no way to compose a fantasy defense ranking list without including the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots defense is the highest-ranking unit in fantasy football and has scored the most defensive TDs in the NFL. Moreover, the Pats are also fourth in sacks, seventh in terms of fumble recoveries, and have the most interceptions in the league. Carson Wentz and the Eagles have struggled to sustain offensive consistency and productivity this season, so expect New England to be relatively successful in containing the birds.
Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: Chicago Bears
The Rams head into week 11, looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rams defense is going against Mitch Trubisky and a Bears offense that is struggling to score 18 points per game, which ranks 27th in the NFL. In fact, Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is only ranked 26th amongst all quarterbacks in terms of passing yards this season. On the other side of the field, the Rams are tied for the fourth-most defensive TDs and are ranked as the fourth most efficient defense in the league. Therefore, you can expect them to handle the Chicago Bears in week 11.
San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
Similar to New England, there is no way to leave the San Francisco 49ers off of a top-nine defense list. The 49ers have been the second-best fantasy defense in the NFL, and have limited opponents to the second-fewest points per game. Despite their lapse in efficiency recently, the 49ers have limited opponents to the fewest passing yards, while recording the second-most sacks this season. Considering that Arizona has allowed the sixth-highest sack rate, you can expect the Niners defensive line to make life difficult for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals (football outsiders).
Opponent: Cleveland Browns
The Steelers are currently the third-best fantasy defense in the NFL for the 2019-20 season. They have recorded the most fumble recoveries and are the third most efficient defense in the league, according to football outsiders. Baker Mayfield has been turnover-prone this season, tossing the third-most interceptions in the league. This is terrific news for a Steelers defense that has scored three defensive TDs this year, thanks to the play of Minkah Fitzpatrick. Cleveland as a whole has scored the seventh-fewest points per game this season, so expect the Steelers to be effective in week 11.
New Orleans Saints
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Expect the New Orleans Saints to see relative success during their week 11 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints are currently limiting opposing offenses to the fewest yards per carry, while the Bucs RB committee has run for the lowest yards per carry since week seven. This is important because the less often the Bucs can run the ball, the more chances the Saints defense has of intercepting Jameis Winston’s passes. Jameis currently has the most interceptions in the league this year, so Saints fantasy owners can expect moderate success in week 11.
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