Week 4 NFL Defense (DEF) Fantasy Football Rankings: Baltimore Comes In On Top

Week 4 Team Defense Rankings & Projection

Defenses ran wild in Week 3 as six teams were over the double-digit mark, including the Colts who scored over 25 points with two defensive touchdowns. Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and New England were a few of the usual suspects up here, but Cleveland and Miami also put up strong weeks. The Bills, Saints, Broncos, and Bears were some of the higher owned defenses that struggled. Week 4 sets up well for most of the top defenses again, although the Patriots have the Chiefs to deal with. There are only a handful of streaming options this week with most of the lower owned defenses in tough spots.

RankTeamOpponentProjected Points
1Baltimore Ravens@WAS9.7
2Pittsburgh Steelers@TEN9.4
3Los Angeles RamsNYG9.2
4Buffalo Bills@LV8.9
5Tampa Bay BuccaneersLAC8.7
6Indianapolis Colts@CHI8.5
7Denver Broncos@NYJ8.3
8Seattle Seahawks@MIA8.0
9New Orleans Saints@DET7.9
10Chicago BearsIND7.8
11San Francisco 49ersPHI7.3
12Kansas City ChiefsNE7.3
13Arizona Cardinals@CAR7.2
14Los Angeles Chargers@TB7.0
15Philadelphia Eagles@SF6.9
16Tennessee TitansPIT6.9
17Dallas CowboysCLE6.8
18Green Bay PackersATL6.7
19New York JetsDEN6.6
20Minnesota Vikings@HOU6.4
21Las Vegas RaidersBUF6.2
22Houston TexansMIN6.1
23New England Patriots@KC6.0
24Detroit LionsNO5.9
25Jacksonville Jaguars@CIN5.7
26Cleveland Browns@DAL5.6
27Carolina PanthersARI5.6
28Cincinnati BengalsJAX5.5
29New York Giants@LAR5.4
30Miami DolphinsSEA5.4
31Atlanta Falcons@GB5.1
32Washington Football TeamBAL4.8

Week 4 Top Options

Baltimore RavensAfter Sunday’s win against the Jets, the Colts now lead all defenses in fantasy scoring. The two touchdowns help, but this team has allowed just 45 points, 151 passing yards per game, and 93 rushing yards per game. They will face some more challenging offenses moving forward, but not this week. They will get the Bears this week who pulled off another miraculous comeback win. This time it was Nick Foles who led the team. Chicago’s offensive line is still one to take advantage of.

The Buccaneers have had a great stretch here with 11 sacks over the last two games, but also have forced four turnovers. We knew the Buccaneers were going to be an improved team and the secondary was the biggest question mark. But the offseason moves have improved. It also helps when your offense isn’t continuously putting you in bad spots. This Bucs pass rush and run defense was very strong last season which is going to make it tough on Justin Herbert or Tyrod Taylor depending on his status. They have made it tough on dual running backs like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.

Pittsburgh’s defense really put to the lockdown on Houston this past week and they continue to hold their own even against good offenses. The Steelers have gotten off to a great start forcing 15 sacks and four interceptions. Tennesee’s offense is a bit limited without AJ Brown against top tier defenses, which they have not faced yet. The Steelers continue to bring a top fantasy score to the table each week. Their AFC North rivals, the Ravens, will travel to Washington this week, where they are double-digit favorites against an offense that has Terry McLaurin, and that is about it. Baltimore will be able to get after this bottom-tier offensive line as well.

Streaming Options

los angeles ramsThis is not going to be a fun Thursday Night Football game. If you want to give yourself a reason to watch, stream the Denver Broncos defense. The Broncos have had a tough stretch through three games, but it gets easier this week. They get the Jets, who are in even worse shape than the Broncos when it comes to injuries. The Jets wouldn’t be allowed into a club right now. This is where the Broncos can get back on track with their defensive side, especially the pass rush. New York has a banged-up offensive line that was already bottom ten coming into the season. The Jets are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season.

Picking on the other New York football team, the Giants have to come into Los Angeles to face another tough California team. The Rams rank 11th in fantasy points so far this season, forcing five turnovers with seven sacks through three games. The Giants have allowed nine sacks and seven turnovers through the first three games. New York’s offensive line is in shambles and this Rams pass rush will be able to get to a turnover-prone Daniel Jones.

Defenses To Avoid

New England PatriotsThe Saints issues have been over the past two weeks. New Orleans has allowed 34 and 37 points in the last two games and has combined for zero fantasy points. There are big issues with this secondary especially and that is a concern against Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay on the road. The Lions have an above-average pass offense that can put up some points. If you picked up Cleveland this week you can keep them on the bench or toss them back in the free-agent pool. They are playing Dallas, who have put up monster points through two games, and while they have had some turnovers there isn’t enough to make up the difference. Cleveland’s defense is not good and the secondary continues to battle injuries.

New England gets the Chiefs offense that has made it difficult for defenses to hit their value. With the Patriots defense taking some offseason hits with opt-outs and offseason transactions, we will see how that made a difference. Seattle lit up this defense two weeks ago and I expect the Chiefs to put up a big number as well.

Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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