Oh, you're still here? Most fantasy leagues have alas come to an end but there is still one more week left of regular season football, and it's arguably the hardest to predict. With some coaches entertaining the idea of resting their best players, you're fantasy championship match could be in jeopardy if you have been starting one of those players up to this point. But don't worry, these are the defensive rankings, and luckily for you, a coach can't bench an entire defense. Well, he could bench all his starters, but in terms of fantasy, there will always be defensive players on the field.
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|1||Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers|
|2||Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders|
|3||Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens|
|4||Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|6||New York Jets||at Buffalo Bills|
|7||New England Patriots||at Miami Dolphins|
|8||Arizona Cardinals||Seattle Seahawks|
|9||St. Louis Rams||at San Francisco 49ers|
|10||Washington Redskins||at Dallas Cowboys|
|11||Seattle Seahawks||at Arizona Cardinals|
|12||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cleveland Browns|
|13||Indianapolis Colts||Tennessee Titans|
|14||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams|
|15||Tennessee Titans||at Indianapolis Colts|
|16||Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots|
Last week, the Cardinals were the first and only team all season to pass 30 fantasy points for a single week in standard scoring leagues. This week they face Seahawks, who will be in the playoffs regardless of the outcome. With the Cardinals and Seahawks knowing their seeding, it wouldn't be surprising if we saw a lot of bench players in this one. That could be either good or bad from the defensive perspective.
The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs top the list as they each face AFC West division rivals. There is a lot on the line for these two teams, as the winner will get a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Another sleeper to watch is the Colts, who scored 14 points last week against Miami and need a win this week if they want to have any shot of making the playoffs. Of course a lot of other things need to happen in order for them to miraculously sneak in, but at least they are playing for something in a great matchup.