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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses for Week 1

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Top 20 Defenses for Week 1.

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Your drafts might be complete, but when it comes to defenses, streaming each week is a tried and tested way to manage that element of your roster. Throughout the season I’m going to bring you my top 20 defensive options each week to help give you an edge in your weekly matchups.

Week 1 Defense Rankings

Ranking Team Opponent Comment
Ranking Team Opponent Comment
1 Ravens @ Dolphins Dolphins are a hot mess and just traded their best offensive lineman
2 Eagles vs Redskins Jim Schwarz is licking his lips facing the Washington o-line in its current state
3 Browns vs Titans A loaded Browns d-line gets unleashed against a Taylor Lewan-less Titans
4 Bears vs Packers I predict a low-scoring affair and the Bears D remains immensely talented
5 Vikings vs Falcons My number 1 defense of 2019 gets after Matt Ryan in their home opener
6 Saints vs Texans One of the most loaded defenses in the NFL face an unproven o-line
7 Cowboys vs Giants While Eli is still the QB, ANY Giants opponent will be high in the defense rankings
8 Broncos @ Raiders Chubb and Miller wreck shop in Oakland
9 Chargers vs Colts Jacoby Brissett is no Andew Luck and the Chargers are still a top defense, even without Derwin James
10 Rams @ Panthers Aaron Donald just makes everything go for the Rams' defense
11 Patriots vs Steelers You can't underestimate the Patriots' ability to scheme a great defensive gameplan
12 Bills @ Jets Not flashy but highly effective defensive unit
13 Chiefs @ Jaguars Chiefs' dominant offense allows their defense to get after Nick Foles on the road
14 Colts @ Chargers Great opportunity to get after a Chargers line missing it's starting left tackle and blue chip running back
15 Jets vs Bills Strong run defense but questions remain over their ability to get to the quarterback
16 Titans @ Browns Solid defense, but on the road, Baker and the Browns may be a struggle to contain
17 Jaguars vs Chiefs A great defense but playing the league's best offense will be a struggle in week 1
18 Bengals @ Seahawks The Bengals' strength is on the d-line but it will be tough against one of the league's best rushing teams
19 49ers @ Buccaneers The 49ers front 7 can get after any team but can they keep the Tampa passing game quiet?
20 Lions @ Cardinals Cardinals are a mystery of offense but the Lions are loaded up front