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Week 6 Defense/Special Teams rankings

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This week's rankings are here and even though we're without the current top defense in the league, take a look to see where you can find some value this week.

Vic Beasley beating his previous season stats in one game
Vic Beasley beating his previous season stats in one game
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Condolences to those of you that may have the Minnesota Vikings defense, but they're on bye and you'll need to replace what may have been a top 3 or 4 scorer on your team. It's tough, I know. The good news, unless you're in a ridiculous 28-man league, there is a replacement out there for you! This week's rankings are up and Denver has reclaimed the top spot. If the Broncos aren't performing well in the beginning, they play the Chargers so just wait until the 4th quarter and the football gods will likely give you a pick-6 or blocked punt. Seriously, I feel so bad for the Chargers. Hopefully, they'll have more fun in L.A. next season. On to the rankings!

Week 5 Rank

Team

Opponent

Previous Week's Ranking

1

Denver Broncos

@SD

2

2

Buffalo Bills

vs. SF

3

3

Arizona Cardinals

vs. NYJ

12

4

Green Bay Packers

vs. DAL

6

5

Philadelphia Eagles

@WAS

4

6

New England Patriots

vs. CIN

5

7

Houston Texans

vs. IND

9

8

Seattle Seahawks

vs. ATL

--

9

Los Angeles Rams

@DET

7

10

Baltimore Ravens

@NYG

11

11

Tennessee Titans

@CLE

24

12

New York Giants

vs. BAL

14

13

Cincinnati Bengals

@NE

8

14

Kansas City Chiefs

@OAK

--

15

New York Jets

@ARI

13

16

Pittsburgh Steelers

@MIA

15

17

Dallas Cowboys

@GB

18

18

Atlanta Falcons

@SEA

22

19

Chicago Bears

vs. JAX

27

20

Oakland Raiders

vs. KC

17

21

Detroit Lions

vs. LAR

14

22

Washington Redskins

vs. PHI

19

23

Carolina Panthers

@NO

10

24

Jacksonville Jaguars

@CHI

--

25

Miami Dolphins

vs. PIT

20

26

San Francisco 49ers

@BUF

21

27

Indianapolis Colts

@HOU

23

28

New Orleans Saints

vs. CAR

NR (but still would've been last)

  • The Buffalo Bills have scored 3 defensive touchdowns and play a San Francisco team with a QB change. This is a defense worth keeping an eye because they have been playing better in the last few weeks.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Packers have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards through four games (171) since the NFL began keeping track in 1933. This is weird for a Packers team, but that run defense is no joke and Dallas will need Dak Prescott to lead them. Breakout player, Nick Perry, and the rest of the line face their toughest test yet against Travis Frederick and those boys.
  • Exercise caution with the Atlanta D. They showed some signs of life last week with Vic Beasley recording 3.5 sacks against the Broncos. He could eat well again against a weak Seattle offensive line, but last week may be more of an outlier.
  • Carolina takes a big fall this week and haven't been playing at the level they were last season. The strong linebacking corps is asked to do too much in the passing game and it's affecting the rest of the defense. And they play New Orleans on the road so we could be looking at a repeat of their Atlanta thrashing a few weeks back at the hands of Drew Brees.

  • My sleeper for the week will be the Tennessee Titans defense. Surprisingly stout against the run, led by Jurrell Casey, and play a Cleveland team that may or may not be playing Cody Kessler. They have a shot to play well here. And they're playing like they want that 7-9 record to win the division.