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Week 1 DEF/ST Rankings

Which fantasy defense should you play in Week 1? Jacob Adler ranks all 32.

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Football season is here! As I'm sure you know, nothing quite pumps up football fans for the beginning of the NFL season like selecting a fantasy defense for Week 1! This week presents the most unknowns of any week of the season, and can sometimes be the craziest week of the season. In the future, I will use this space to go more in depth on some of my picks, but I feel they are better explained in my generic D/ST rankings. Feel free to ask any questions, and be sure to check out the rest of the great material here on Fake Teams.

Team D/ST

Opponent

1

Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2

Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens

3

Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers

4

St. Louis Rams

Minnesota Vikings

5

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

6

Philadelphia Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars

7

Kansas City Chiefs

Tennessee Titans

8

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cleveland Browns

9

Washington Redskins

Houston Texans

10

New England Patriots

Miami Dolphins

11

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

12

Minnesota Vikings

St. Louis Rams

13

Detroit Lions

New York Giants

14

San Francisco 49ers

Dallas Cowboys

15

New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons

16

Houston Texans

Washington Redskins

17

New York Giants

Detroit Lions

18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers

19

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

20

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

21

Oakland Raiders

New York Jets

22

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

23

Arizona Cardinals

San Diego Chargers

24

Chicago Bears

Buffalo Bills

25

Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts

26

Green Bay Packers

Seattle Seahawks

27

Tennessee Titans

Kansas City Chiefs

28

San Diego Chargers

Arizona Cardinals

29

Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints

30

Indianapolis Colts

Denver Broncos

31

Dallas Cowboys

San Francisco 49ers

32

Jacksonville Jaguars

Philadelphia Eagles

Below, I have listed a few matchups on which I am bullish and bearish. Along with each game is the 2013 rank for how many points the opposing team allowed to fantasy defenses, with 1 signifying the most points allowed and 32 signifying the least.

Three Matchups to Stream

New York Jets D/ST vs. Oakland Raiders

Raiders 2013 Fantasy Points Allowed to Defenses (FPA): 4th

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars 2013 FPA: 2nd

Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans

Texans 2013 FPA: 8th

Three Matchups to Avoid

Denver Broncos D/ST vs. Indianapolis Colts

Colts 2013 FPA: 24th

Arizona Cardinals D/ST vs. San Diego Chargers

Chargers 2013 FPA: 29th

Buffalo Bills D/ST @ Chicago Bears

Bears 2013 FPA: 20th