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Week 13 D/ST Rankings

Picking between two fantasy defenses? Need to select one off the waiver wire? Jacob Adler explains his top picks for this weekend.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. I am thankful for many things, but one thing I am not thankful for is this week's defensive streaming options. There really just aren't a lot of good plays, and you're likely going to have to do a bit of assuming the game script. I am really only comfortable with my top nine options this week, and then there is a big pool of questionable plays.

Three Matchups to Play

Cincinnati Bengals against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bengals do not have the same defense as they have had the past few years under Mike Zimmer, but they should be able to put up decent fantasy numbers against a Tampa Bay offense that has allowed the third-most points to fantasy defenses in 2014. In their past two games, the Bengals shut down the New Orleans and Houston offenses on the road, suggesting there may be some midseason improvement on the defensive side.

St. Louis Rams against the Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have allowed six or more points to fantasy defenses in all but two cases, against the Chargers in Week 6 and Chiefs in Week 12. The Rams aren't from the AFC West, and have scored well in fantasy in three of the past four weeks. Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray are unlikely to find any running room against the stout Rams' rush defense, and Derek Carr will likely face pressure on every dropback.

Indianapolis Colts against the Washington Redskins

The Colts would have placed even higher in the rankings if not for Colt McCoy's starting over Robert Griffin III at quarterback. McCoy has played well when given the chance, but I think the Colts jump out to an early lead and force McCoy to play from behind without the benefit of a run game.

Three Matchups to Avoid

Kansas City Chiefs against the Denver Broncos
Philadelphia Eagles against the Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers against the Seattle Seahawks

Team Defense/Special Teams

Opponent

1

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

2

New York Giants

Jacksonville Jaguars

3

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

4

Cincinnati Bengals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5

Detroit Lions

Chicago Bears

6

St. Louis Rams

Oakland Raiders

7

Indianapolis Colts

Washington Redskins

8

Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers

9

Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans

10

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

11

Oakland Raiders

St. Louis Rams

12

Carolina Panthers

Minnesota Vikings

13

Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals

14

Tennessee Titans

Houston Texans

15

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

16

Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants

17

New York Jets

Miami Dolphins

18

Baltimore Ravens

San Diego Chargers

19

San Diego Chargers

Baltimore Ravens

20

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers

21

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

22

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cincinnati Bengals

23

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

24

Pittsburgh Steelers

New Orleans Saints

25

Cleveland Browns

Buffalo Bills

26

Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles

27

Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys

28

New Orleans Saints

Pittsburgh Steelers

29

Washington Redskins

Indianapolis Colts

30

Kansas City Chiefs

Denver Broncos

31

New England Patriots

Green Bay Packers

32

Green Bay Packers

New England Patriots