Even just a quick scan of our Week 11 fantasy defense rankings lets you know it's going to be a tough D/ST week. Not only are there very few top options with good matchups, but the potential waiver wire streamers are also few and far between. Even worse, the majority of our top-ranked units are on the road, which is always a bit worrisome.
The tough times come despite only one of the four bye-week defenses, Carolina, being a usual starting unit (Jets, 49ers, Colts are the other teams on bye). Perhaps it's because defenses don't get to play the Jets, 49ers, or Colts that we're having so much trouble finding 12 trustworthy starters.
The Cardinals (@ Texans) and Bengals (@ Broncos) are the two best streaming options available on most waiver wires, while the Dolphins (vs. Bucs) and Packers (vs. Ravens) are riskier options with good matchups. Chances are many will take a shot with a "good" defense in a bad matchup, like the Rams (@ Vikings), Vikings (vs. Rams), Eagles (@ Cowboys), or Seahawks (vs. Falcons). This week, that's probably your best option.
Reminder: We'll update our rankings throughout the week and add player analysis, so please check back often. And here's how you could lose in fantasy in Week 11.
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Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defense 8 Los Angeles Rams @ Vikings. The Rams defense has taken advantage of favorable matchups lately, racking up nine takeaways and eight sacks over the past three weeks. The Vikings rarely allow much to fantasy D/STs, only giving up one sack the past four games while averaging just under 30 points in that span. The potential for a QB switch from Case Keenum to Teddy Bridgewater could work in L.A.'s favor, though. Either way, we're going to trust the high-floor talent of the Rams (multiple sacks in every game this year, 11.4 ppg allowed past five games). |
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Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defense
8 Los Angeles Rams @ Vikings. The Rams defense has taken advantage of favorable matchups lately, racking up nine takeaways and eight sacks over the past three weeks. The Vikings rarely allow much to fantasy D/STs, only giving up one sack the past four games while averaging just under 30 points in that span. The potential for a QB switch from Case Keenum to Teddy Bridgewater could work in L.A.'s favor, though. Either way, we're going to trust the high-floor talent of the Rams (multiple sacks in every game this year, 11.4 ppg allowed past five games).
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|1||Jacksonville Jaguars @ Browns. The Browns continue to hemorrhage fantasy points to D/STs, and the Jaguars continue to lock down offenses. They were held sackless for the first time last week, so expect them to make up for it against the hapless Browns.|
|2||Detroit Lions @ Bears. Detroit has racked up seven sacks in its past two games and added two takeaways and a touchdown against the Browns last week. Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears haven't turned it over much in his four starts (one per game), but they've allowed 15 sacks and scored an average of 13.5 offensive points per game in that span. The Lions should be able to get a good amount of fantasy points here.|
|3||Baltimore Ravens @ Packers. Brett Hundley and the Packers have only turned it over once in his past three starts, so this might not be as bad of a matchup as originally thought. But the Packers have given up three sacks in each of the past two games and are averaging only 19 points per contest. Baltimore remains one of the top fantasy defenses, getting at least three sacks in four of the past five games and at least one turnover in all but one week this season. Even on the road, the Ravens are a must-start.|
|4||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Titans. The Steelers are one of the most consistent fantasy defenses thanks to good sack totals and keeping the score low (15.1 offensive points per game allowed). The turnover numbers are mediocre, but the Titans have allowed at least one takeaway in each of the past six games. In addition, Tennessee has allowed seven sacks the past two games and 16 over the past five games, so Pittsburgh looks like one of the few high-floor options this week.|
|5||Arizona Cardinals @ Texans. In three Tom Savage starts this year, the Houston offense has scored 22 total points while allowing 15 sacks and nine takeaways. Arizona isn't great away from home, but it will be good enough to pile up fantasy points in this one.|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals @ Broncos. The Broncos offense hasn't scored 20-plus points since Week 2, and in two Brock Osweiler starts, they've turned it over four times. Cincinnati is inconsistent, but it can rack up sacks in a hurry (four in two of the past three games) and is coming off its first multiple-turnover effort this season.|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs @ Giants. Everything about the Giants is bad right now, so even though their points allowed to D/STs hasn't been horrendous lately, they're still a good team to pick on. The Chiefs are a boom-or-bust defense, showing up in good matchups (five takeaways against Denver) and shrinking in bad ones. This qualifies as a good one, as the Giants have turned it over five times the past three games. Throw in Andy Reid's dominance after bye weeks, and this matchup looks even better.|
|8||Los Angeles Rams @ Vikings. The Rams defense has taken advantage of favorable matchups lately, racking up nine takeaways and eight sacks over the past three weeks. The Vikings rarely allow much to fantasy D/STs, only giving up one sack the past four games while averaging just under 30 points in that span. The potential for a QB switch from Case Keenum to Teddy Bridgewater could work in L.A.'s favor, though. Either way, we're going to trust the high-floor talent of the Rams (multiple sacks in every game this year, 11.4 ppg allowed past five games).|
|9||Denver Broncos vs. Bengals. The Broncos fantasy struggles have been well documented this year, but a string of brutal matchups has been part of the reason for the lackluster results. Finally, Denver gets a favorable matchup, as Cincinnati is top 10 in fantasy points per game allowed to D/STs. Andy Dalton hasn't thrown an INT in three games (he's due!), but the Bengals have somehow managed to lose at least one fumble in all but two games this year. Even the reeling Broncos can put up points against them.|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles @ Cowboys. The Cowboys' first post-Zeke game was a disaster, as Dak Prescott took eight sacks and lost two fumbles. Philadelphia has posted 13 sacks and eight takeaways in its past four games and should be well rested coming off a bye.|
|11||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Bills. Everything about the Bills offense changes with Nathan Peterman under center. Not only does the Bills rushing attack and ability to pick up first downs on Taylor scrambles take a hit, but they're also much more likely to give up sacks and takeovers. The Chargers haven't gotten make turnovers this season, but they have one of the better pass rushes in the league and should force Peterman into some mistakes on the road.|
|12||Houston Texans vs. Cardinals. As bad as Houston's pass defense has been lately, it's still managed 12 sacks in its past four games. With either a banged-up Drew Stanton or Blaine Gabbert under center for the Cardinals, the Texans will get some sacks and a turnover or two at home.|
|13||Minnesota Vikings vs. Rams. The Rams allow the fewest fantasy points per game to D/STs, but they've really only faced two tough defenses all year. In those games against Seattle and Jacksonville, L.A. turned it over six times and allowed five sacks while scoring 18.5 points per game. Minnesota has allowed 20 or more points only twice this year while recording 13 sacks over the past four games. In what figures to be a tough week for D/STs, the Vikings have a higher floor than you might think.|
|14||New Orleans Saints vs. Redskins. The Saints defense has slowed down a bit, but it's still managed a takeaway in each of the past four games and nine total sacks in that span. Washington's offensive line got healthy last week, allowing just one sack to the Vikings, but a road matchup in a noisy dome could lead to some mistakes from Kirk Cousins.|
|15||Seattle Seahawks vs. Falcons. The loss of Richard Sherman can't be overlooked, but the loss of Devonta Freeman for the Falcons isn't a small issue either. Atlanta doesn't allow much to fantasy D/STs, but Seattle has shown a fairly consistent ability to get pressure. A home prime-time game also helps Seattle's cause.|
|16||Buffalo Bills @ Chargers. The Bills were one of the most consistent D/STs up until Week 9, posting multiple takeaways in all but one of the first seven games. In the past two weeks, it's managed just one sack and one takeaway while allowing 81 points. Which defense is going to show up in Week 11? The Chargers don't allow much to fantasy defenses, but they're coming off a multiple-turnover game and have scored 17 or fewer points in three of their past four contests. Teams like the Dolphins, Packers and Bucs have much better matchups, but the Bills have been much more good than bad this season.|
|17||Miami Dolphins vs. Bucs|
|18||Green Bay Packers vs. Ravens|
|19||Chicago Bears vs. Lions|
|20||Atlanta Falcons @ Seahawks|
|21||Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dolphins|
|22||Dallas Cowboys vs. Eagles|
|23||Washington Redskins @ Saints|
|24||New England Patriots vs. Raiders (in Mexico)|
|25||Tennessee Titans @ Steelers|
|26||Cleveland Browns vs. Jaguars|
|27||Oakland Raiders vs. Patriots (in Mexico)|
|28||New York Giants vs. Chiefs|