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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defense for Week 9

Top 20 Defense Options for Week 9.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Well they did it again. The Patriots’ defense finished as the number 1 fantasy defense for the 4th time this season and it was the 7th week in a row they have finished in the top 3. The Patriots now sit 60 points ahead of the second place 49ers and an incredible 97 points ahead of the hird place Steelers. This week they face their first formidable test in the well-rested Ravens, but with allcomers having been brushed aside so far in NFL in 2019, they will remain my number 1 defense.

Elsewhere the rankings follow the patterns of the surging teams over recent weeks, with the Cowboys being the team I’m tipping to overperform this week as they travel to east coast to face off against Daniel Jones and the Giants who are ranked just 25th in offense through 8 weeks.

Note: Falcons, Bengals, Rams and Saints on bye week.

Top 20 Defenses Week 9

Rank Team Opponent Owned % Comments
Rank Team Opponent Owned % Comments
1 Patriots @ Ravens 99.1% The Patriots' first real test but they remain the number 1 fantasy defense
2 49ers @ Cardinals 86.7% Short week and on the road but the 49ers' defense has their tail up
4 Titans @ Panthers 56.7% The 49ers set the blueprint on how to stop Kyle Allen and the Titans follow suit
3 Bills vs Redskins 87.5% The Bills defense overwhelms the Redskins' bottom 3 offense
5 Cowboys @ Giants 28.8% The Cowboys' potent offense supports the strong defensive numbers and is the must stream of week 9
6 Panthers vs Titans 49.6% A slip against the surging 49ers in week 8 but back on track against an underwhelming Titans offense
7 Eagles vs Bears 42.2% The Eagles are a top 5 run defense and will force Mitch Trubisky to beat them (and he can't)
8 Vikings @ Chiefs 83.1% A tough test even without Patrick Mahomes but the Vikings' defense is playoff ready
9 Steelers vs Colts 82.1% Steelers are a top 3 defense but face a tough test against the Colts
10 Browns @ Broncos 16.2% No Flacco may not be a bad thing for the Broncos offense but the Browns will take advantage
11 Jets @ Dolphins 10.8% Jets defense is the latest to take advantage of the tanking Dolphins
12 Jaguars vs Texans 80.6% A tough test against Watson and Hopkins but the Jags are an elite pass defense, even without Jalen Ramsey
13 Broncos vs Browns 21.4% The Broncos are a listless team, but then so is the Browns offense
14 Bears @ Eagles 96.2% The Bears' defense is a top 10 talent but haven't put it together in 2019
14 Ravens vs Patriots 36.6% At home, the Ravens could be the outfit to truly shut down a shaky Patriots offense
16 Packers @ Chargers 34.4% The Packers continue to be weak against the run and the Chargers rush offense can't get a better match up
17 Seahawks vs Buccaneers 35.6% The Seahawks can't quite put it together on defense, even at home and the Bucs are dangerous
18 Colts @ Steelers 55.9% Below average Defense vs below average Offense but the Colts are making enough plays to supprt the offense
19 Buccaneers @ Seahawks 3.6% Still the top rush defense in the league but faces a tough road test in Seattle
20 Chiefs vs Vikings 14.9% Tough match up but the Chiefs' defense makes enough plays to be fantasy relevant