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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses for Week 8

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DSTs ranked for Week 8 of the NFL season.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There was a D/ST masterclass from the Chiefs in Week 7, as they led all teams in fantasy football scoring with a 24 point effort on the road in Denver. Two D/ST touchdowns, one through a pick-six and the second a 102 yard kickoff return meant the Chiefs cruised to victory, and they sit as the 4th highest scoring fantasy defense through seven weeks. There were also match up winning contributions from the defenses in San Francisco and Washington (17 points apiece), plus the Rams (15 points) and Bills (14 points). My stream of the week, the Cleveland Browns, ended up in a shootout with the Bengals in Week 7, but still finished as the DST8 as they totaled four sacks, an interception and fumble recovery.

Week 8 Top Streaming Option: Miami Dolphins vs Los Angeles Rams (13% owned)

I’m not at my most confident with this one, but with every team I’ve ranked above the Dolphins owned in at least 60% of leagues, they are the first team you could actually stream this week. The Dolphins have been a top seven fantasy defense this season and coming off a week’s rest and having the Rams in their own building, they are a viable option if you’re struggling to know who to play this week.

Week 8 D/ST Rankings

Rank Team Opponent Owned
Rank Team Opponent Owned
1 Buccaneers @ Giants 86%
2 Chiefs vs Jets 97%
3 Colts @ Lions 60%
4 Ravens vs Steelers 97%
5 Rams @ Dolphins 89%
6 Steelers @ Ravens 97%
7 Eagles vs Cowboys 83%
8 Chargers @ Broncos 74%
9 Patriots @ Bills 92%
10 Bills vs Patriots 96%
11 Dolphins vs Rams 13%
12 Browns vs Raiders 48%
13 Bears vs Saints 79%
14 49ers @ Seahawks 74%
15 Giants vs Buccaneers 30%
16 Packers vs Vikings 20%
17 Seahawks vs 49ers 33%
18 Broncos vs Chargers 23%
19 Titans @ Bengals 28%
20 Panthers vs Falcons 5%
21 Saints @ Bears 60%
22 Lions vs Colts 2%
23 Jets @ Chiefs 6%
24 Falcons @ Panthers 2%
25 Vikings @ Packers 21%
26 Cowboys @ Eagles 31%
27 Raiders @ Browns 2%
28 Bengals vs Titans 3%