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Week 9 D/ST Rankings

Own one of the many defenses on bye this week? Can't decide which matchup is better? Jacob Adler examines the best plays for Week 9.

Jeff Gross

Welcome to Week 9! It feels weird to say that it feels weird to see the Seahawks as the top-ranked defense, but that's how this year has gone. There are some decent matchups this week, and a few more if you're willing to speculate on game flow and results.


Three Matchups to Play

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Bengals have been a disappointment this season, but so have the Jaguars. The Jaguars are still easily the best matchup for fantasy defenses.


Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets

This should be a slam dunk play, but in the back of my head I fear a Michael Vick revival. Given how he has played this season, I think the Chiefs should be able to put pressure on him and force the bad decisions needed for fantasy success on the defensive end.

Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Browns have had a below-average defense, and I think Mike Glennon will actually have a decent game. But like the Jaguars, the Bucs struggle to put up points even when the guy at the helm is playing decently, and this game has the makings of a solid game flow play.

Three Matchups to Avoid

Denver Bronocs vs. New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Team Defense/Special Teams

Opponent

1

Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders

2

Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars

3

Kansas City Chiefs

New York Jets

4

Cleveland Browns

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5

Minnesota Vikings

Washington Redskins

6

Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings

7

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

8

San Diego Chargers

Miami Dolphins

9

Houston Texans

Philadelphia Eagles

10

Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys

11

Philadelphia Eagles

Houston Texans

12

Dallas Cowboys

Arizona Cardinals

13

Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants

14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cleveland Browns

15

New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts

16

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

17

New York Jets

Kansas City Chiefs

18

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cincinnati Bengals

19

St. Louis Rams

San Francisco 49ers

20

New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers

21

Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers

22

Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore Ravens

23

Miami Dolphins

San Diego Chargers

24

New England Patriots

Denver Broncos

25

Denver Broncos

New England Patriots

26

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks