Top 9 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings for Week 14: Ravens Are Set Up For Success Again

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This will be a tough week for selecting a defense in fantasy football. Almost all of the top ten defenses in the NFL will take on high powered offenses who rank in the top ten in terms of restricting defensive fantasy points. For instance, the Patriots and Bills should be avoided in fantasy football because they each take on the two most explosive passing offenses in the NFL. However, teams like the Steelers should be started given their defensive production and favorable matchups.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore RavensThe Ravens currently are the fifth-best fantasy defense in terms of overall point total and have an incredibly favorable matchup against the Bills. Quarterback Josh Allen currently has the eighth-lowest QBR in the NFL, and the Bills have the ninth fewest passing per game. Allen will struggle against a Ravens defense that has the second-most defensive touchdowns, and the sixth-fewest points per game in the NFL. As a result, the Baltimore Ravens are a must-start fantasy defense in week 14.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh SteelersSimilar to the Ravens, the Steelers are a top-five defensive unit that has a favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Kyler Murray currently has the eighth-lowest passing yards per game amongst all QBs with nine starts or more. Moreover, Murray is tied for the seventh-fewest TDs amongst all QBs with 9+ starts. As a whole, the Steelers are presently third in the NFL in terms of sacks and total defensive fantasy points. To make matters worse for Murray, the Steelers are currently second in the league in terms of interceptions, while allowing the fifth-fewest points per game in the NFL. Thus they are an elite defense in terms of fantasy football.

Tennessee Titans

Tennessee TitansThe Titans are one of the most underrated fantasy football defenses for week 14. They are currently the league’s seventh-most productive defense in terms of accumulating fantasy points and interceptions.  Tennessee‘s secondary will play well against a Raiders offense that ranks in the bottom ten in terms of points per game. Especially considering the Titans rank in the top ten in terms of restricting opponent points per game.

Houston Texans

Houston TexansHouston’s defense will have a relatively easy day against a Denver Broncos team with a lackluster offense. The Broncos offense haven’t gained momentum with any of their QBs, and now have to rely on Drew Lock this week. Even though Drew Lock has only started in one game, he struggled to move the ball, and only passed for 134 yards. As a whole, the Broncos offense has the third-fewest points per game in the NFL and the sixth least yards per game. Therefore, Houston won’t have any trouble handling Denver.

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ersThroughout most of the season, the San Francisco 49ers defense has been an elite unit that ranks second in the NFL in terms of generating fantasy points. Since week 5, the Niners are averaging 11.3 fantasy points with seven games with 10+ fantasy points. Moreover, they are an aggressive unit that ranks amongst the league’s best in terms of forcing sacked and fumble recoveries. They also have success handling pocket-passers like Baker Mayfield, Jameis Winston, and Kyle Allen, so they should fare well against Drew Brees and the Saints.

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle SeahawksThe Seahawks are another underrated defense in week 14, given their matchup against Jared Goff. This season, Jared Goff has the fifth-lowest QBR in the league amongst all qualifying signal-callers. Moreover, he and the Rams are tied for the fifth-most interceptions in the NFL. This is excellent news for a Seahawks secondary that is tied for the seventh most interceptions in the NFL. The Seahawks defense is an opportunistic unit that ranks in the top five in terms of forcing turnovers, so they’ll have little trouble taking on Goff and the Rams.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia EaglesWith the announcement that Eli Manning will be the New York Giants’ starting quarterback, the Eagles are a great choice in week 14. In his only two games as a starter this season, Eli Manning has a 2:2 TD: INT ratio. Moreover, the Giants offense has only averaged 17.5 points per game in their last two games against the Eagles defense. This year, the Giants are accumulating the league’s eighth fewest yards and points per game in the NFL. Therefore Philly is primed for a great day on Monday.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay PackersThe Green Bay Packers have a favorable matchup this weekend against Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins. Green Bay currently has the sixth most interceptions in the NFL and will go against a Washington offense that ranks in the top ten in terms of throwing the most picks. At this point of the season, the Redskins are the leagues least productive offense, scoring the fewest points in the NFL. As a result, the Packers’ secondary should soundly handle Dwayne Haskins and the Skins.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland BrownsAny team that goes against the Cincinnati Bengals offense is worth starting in fantasy football, and the Browns are no exception. The Browns front seven is a menacing unit that currently ranks in the top ten in terms of sacks this season. This Sunday, they will compete against a Bengals offense that scores the second-fewest points and generates the seventh-fewest yards per game. Even with Andy Dalton starting, the Bengals offense has been one of the league’s worst, and won’t be a threat to Browns D fantasy owners.

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