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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses for Week 2

Top 20 Defenses for Week 2

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As is usually the case, streaming defenses can be extremely valuable in fantasy and week 1 was no exception. The San Francisco 49ers were the highest scorers in week 1, totalling a massive 27 points as they returned two Jameis Winston interceptions for touchdowns, sacked him three times and forced a fumble. The 49ers are currently just 4% owned in ESPN leagues and are a top-10 streaming option in week 2 against a Cincinnati Bengals team that gave up five sacks and three fumbles to the Seahawks last week.

I’ve updated this week’s rankings with the owned percentage 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 got ‘em, start ‘em.

Week 2 Defense Rankings

Ranking Team Opponent % Owned Comment
Ranking Team Opponent % Owned Comment
1 Patriots @ Dolphins 74.4% Patriots snuffed out the Steelers in week 1 and will squish the fish in Miami
2 Ravens vs Cardinals 50.5% A rude awakening for Kyler Murray on the road in Baltimore
3 Bills @ Giants 91.1% The Bills' swarming defense will eat up Eli and the Giants
4 Bears @ Broncos 99.5% Dominant in week 1, the Bears will give Flacco a rough time
5 Vikings @ Packers 90.6% Vikings D smothers the Packers offense in a defensive battle
6 Titans vs Colts 40.1% Titans D backs up their week 1 performance against the Colts
7 Cowboys @ Redskins 27.2% Cowboys D steps up in week 2 to match their offensive force
8 Packers vs Vikings 3.2% Packers show week 1 was no fluke and suffocate the Vikings rushing attack
9 49ers @ Bengals 4.0% It will be a long day for the weak Bengals line against the 49ers pass rush
10 Chargers @ Lions 89.7% Chargers' pass rush give Stafford a tough time in Detroit
11 Texans vs Jaguars 26.4% The Texans will get after Garnder Minshew in his first NFL start
12 Jets vs Browns 24.2% The Jets get after Baker on Monday Night Football like the Titans did
13 Seahawks @ Steelers 19.9% Clowney will have a full week of practice under his belt and will lead a tough Seahawks defense
14 Browns @ Jets 67.9% A better showing from the Browns in week 2 after the shambles in the home opener
15 Broncos vs Bears 50.2% After a poor start in Oakland, the Broncos have the chance to get healthy against Mitchell Trubisky
16 Panthers vs Buccaneers 10.8% The Panthers will be all over Jameis on TNF after his nightmare opener
17 Bengals vs 49ers 0.4% Bengals D-line showed up against Seattle and will nullify the 49ers ground game
18 Chiefs @ Raiders 13.1% The Chiefs' offense remains their best defense
19 Eagles @ Falcons 79.9% The Eagles' strength remains in the run game so expect Matt Ryan to have a better week 2
20 Jaguars @ Texans 94.7% Jaguars improve after a rough opener