Week 13 NFL Defense (DEF) Fantasy Football Rankings: Green Bay In Bounce Back Spot

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A bit surprising, but the Washington football team had the highest fantasy football points this week. It was another big defensive week for scores, as there were a lot of favorable matchups. The Seahawks beat down a depleted Eagles defense, the Jets took care of business against Oakland, and Buffalo crushed Denver at home. Tampa Bay and Philadelphia rewarded those who started them, for those who can also see in the future. Chicago, New Orleans, and Oakland were all disappointments. You can find our season long rankings here.

Week 13 Team Defense Rankings, Stats, Projection

Week 13 RankingTeamWeek 13 OpponentWeek 13 Projection
4Green Bay@NYG11.6
5New England@HOU10.7
7New York Jets@CIN10.3
9Los Angeles Chargers@DEN9.7
10Kansas CityOAK9.6
11Los Angeles Rams@ARI9.5
12New Orleans@ATL9.1
13Tampa Bay@JAX8.7
16San Francisco@BAL7.9
27New York GiantsGB6.5

Week 13 Top Options

Carolina PanthersThe three streaming options below are considered top options this week, but some of the main names are also in good spots. Jeff Driskel showed some weakness against Washington, and will be home against Chicago on a short week. Both sides of the Steelers-Browns game has potential to produce strong defenses. The Steelers have the second most fantasy points this season. The Browns posted 12 fantasy points in the prior meeting, where the Steelers had a drop off. The Bengals have allowed the third most fantasy points per game this season, and the Jets will come in able to build off the last game against Oakland. The Bengals have turned the ball over 22 times and have allowed 40 sacks this season. New York is actually DEF10 in scoring on the season, and they have had some big games at times this season. Putting Oakland in a pass heavy mode and not allowing them to use Josh Jacobs will be the key for the Chiefs upside this week. Kansas City had a strong week in the first matchup, and this game will be in Kansas City. Philadelphia, Carolina, and Green Bay are the ones checking in as the top options this week.

Streaming Options

Philadelphia EaglesPointing to a few options below, there are three big fantasy defenses to stream this week. We can start with Philadelphia, who are less than 40% owned, and will travel down to Miami to take on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. Miami has allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, and have allowed a league high 46 sacks. The Eagles defense has looked better the last few weeks in the secondary, which was always my concern. The Panthers are the next team, also sitting under 40%. Washington has allowed the 9th most fantasy points per game, and this offense is still just extremely bad. Washington has allowed 35 sacks, and there is just no fire power around Dwayne Haskins, outside of Terry McLaurin. However, James Bradberry is a solid corner. Green Bay’s defense has been out of whack for the most part since the beginning of the season. However this is a spot where they can get back on track. The Packers defense are around the 20% owned mark, so they are a bit lower. The Giants are allowing the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, and have turned the ball over 25 times this season.

Defenses To Avoid

Buffalo BillsThe Vikings-Seahawks game is tricky, where opposing defenses have scored the 5th fewest points per game against the Vikings. Seattle has mostly been an offense to avoid, but they have allowed some monster upside games. Overall this is a week where you can find some better defenses in better spots. Buffalo is in a tough spot against Dallas this week, for one Ezekiel Elliott can rip this run defense, but they don’t allow a ton of sacks nor do they turn the ball over. San Francisco is on the road against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Defenses are averaging 4.5 fantasy points per game against Baltimore this season. The Ravens have also allowed just four sacks since Week 5 when they allowed five. San Francisco is going to have their hands full, and I am not quite buying that they can slow down Jackson enough to produce strong fantasy points. If you can scoop up one of the defenses below or above, they are in better spots. Upside might be capped for New England this week, as Houston allows just 5.7 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, which is the same amount as New England. Buffalo, Indy, Tennessee, and Jacksonville may not be the most potent offenses, but they haven’t allowed a ton of fantasy production to opposing defenses.

Planning For Fantasy Playoffs

Weeks 13, 14, 15

Eagles: @Miami, New York Giants, @ Washington

Steelers: Cleveland, @Arizona, Buffalo

Panthers: Washington, @Atlanta, Seattle

Packers:  @New York Giants, Washington, Chicago

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