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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses for Week 5

Top 20 Defenses for Week 5

Tennessee Titans v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Part of these weekly rankings is getting pretty easy as the Patriots continue to reduce opposing offenses to quivering messes. This is not going to stop in Week 5 as the latest cupcake to face the New England defense is a Washington team currently ranked 29th in offense. The Giants were the top scoring fantasy defense in Week 4 against Washington and they had been a bottom three outfit before then so all bets are off that the Patriots dominate as well.

The rankings have been updated with the latest owned percentage (from ESPN) so you can see the teams you’re most likely to be able to find on the waiver wire this week, though obviously if you’ve already got ‘em, then start ‘em.

Note: Lions and Dolphins on bye week.

Week 5 Defense Rankings

Ranking Team Opponent % Owned Comment
Ranking Team Opponent % Owned Comment
1 Patriots @ Redskins 96.9% Number 1 defense in fantasy and 'real' football, the Patriots keep rolling
2 Bears @ Raiders 98.9% The Bears defense is as elite as they come and will make this trip to London ugly for the Raiders
3 Titans vs Bills 47.2% With or without Josh Allen suiting up for the Bills, the Titans defense are a fantasy must start
4 Buccaneers @ Saints 3.1% The Saints offense is ugly without Drew Brees and the Bucs are riding high after their win over the Rams
5 Vikings @ Giants 90.6% The Vikings show Daniel Jones what an elite defense can do to a rookie quarterback
6 Bills @ Titans 78.9% Its going to be a rough day for Marcus Mariota against a top 3 pass defense
7 Rams @ Seahawks 96.9% The Bucs loss was rough but the Rams get back on track in a big NFC West match up
8 49ers vs Browns 26.9% The 49ers have been strong against the pass and run in 2019 and bring it to the Browns in week 5
9 Cowboys vs Packers 44.9% Dallas exploit the misfiring Packers offense
10 Eagles vs Jets 42.2% With Sam Darnold still set to sit out, the undermanned Eagles defense smothers the Jets
11 Chargers vs Broncos 93.4% Chargers overcome injuries to dominate an average Broncos offense
12 Panthers vs Jaguars 30.2% The Panthers give Gardner Minshew his toughest test but need to toughen up against the run
13 Texans vs Falcons 34.5% The Falcons have been poor and face a tough match up in Houston
14 Seahawks vs Rams 43.3% A better defense at home than on the road but the Rams offense remains a massive threat
15 Cardinals @ Bengals 1.6% The Bengals are a bottom 3 offense and the Cardinals exploit a poor offensive line
16 Packers @ Cowboys 60.1% The Packers have struggled massively against the run but can get after Dak Prescott
18 Browns @ 49ers 33.5% The Browns have been above average against the run and pass but may struggle against a good 49ers offense
19 Saints vs Buccaneers 61.0% Better in fantasy terms than in real football, the Saints may struggle against a high flying Bucs passing game
20 Jets @ Eagles 8.5% Good before the bye, can the Jets pick up against an improving Eagles offense?