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Week 4 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

1 New England Patriots @ Bills. The Patriots defense still hasn’t allowed a touchdown this year, and while some favorable matchups have helped, that’s still pretty incredible. Buffalo has turned it over multiple times in two of three games (and allowed a five-sack game in the other), so New England should once again pay off. 2 Los Angeles Chargers @ Dolphins. Miami has allowed at least three sacks in every game and turned it over eight times on the season. On the plus side, it is averaging 5.3 points per game, so… Even the Chargers, who haven’t done much this year (four sacks, three takeaways), are a must-start this week. 3 Los Angeles Rams vs. Buccaneers. The Rams have been good for multiple sacks and at least one sack in every week this year. Overall, they’ve been a little disappointing, but given Jameis Winston’s sloppiness L.A. has major upside here back at home. The Bucs have allowed at least three sacks in every game and have turned it over five times on the season. 4 Chicago Bears vs. Vikings. Minnesota (and specifically Kirk Cousins) really struggled in Week 2 against the Packers, but they didn’t allow anything to the Falcons in Week 1 or the Raiders in Week 3. One thing to note is that Weeks 1 and 3 were at home and Week 2 was on the road. Minnesota returns to the road against one of the league’s most talented defenses this week, so we expect a return of Cousins’ struggles. 5 Minnesota Vikings @ Bears. The Vikings defense has been solid this year, recording 10 sacks and six takeaways while allowing an average of 15.7 points per game. Chicago has struggled to move the ball this year, so if nothing else, Minnesota will keep the score low and record some sacks. 6 Jacksonville Jaguars @ Broncos. After getting torn up by the Chiefs in Week 1 (no shame in that), the Jaguars defense has looked close to its 2017 form, recording 13 sacks and allowing 20 total points over the past two games. However, that’s come with just one takeaway, and the Jags are yet to record an INT all season. Joe Flacco has thrown three INTs (and taken eight sacks) over the past two games, so this one sets up well for Sacksonville, even on the road. 7 Washington Redskins @ Giants. Daniel Jones was the talk of Week 3, but even in his impressive performance, he took five sacks and lost two fumbles. With no Saquon Barkley, the Giants offense will be easier to prepare for, and you know Jones will throw some INTs at some point. Washington disappointed in tough matchups in Weeks 1 and 2 (Philadelphia, Dallas), but this is still a talented defense who can put up fantasy points here.8 Seattle Seahawks @ Cardinals. After a solid Week 1, Seattle has done nothing despite fairly favorable matchups the past two weeks (one sacks, two takeaways, 53 points allowed). Now on the road, we might be too high on the Seahawks here, but Arizona allows sacks (5.3 per game), which is one thing Seattle should be able to take advantage of. If it can apply pressure like it did against the Bengals in Week 1 (five sacks), Seattle can force some turnovers. 9 Indianapolis Colts vs. Raiders. Oakland has allowed seven sacks and turned it over three times while scoring 24 points the past two weeks. Indianapolis is a different defense without Darius Leonard (concussion), as we saw last week when it failed to record a sack and allowed 24 points to the Falcons, but as long as he’s back, the Colts should apply the pressure that saw them record four sacks in both Weeks 1 and 2.10 Houston Texans vs. Panthers. Kyle Allen breathed life into Carolina’s offense last week, but he’s still an inexperienced QB who will be making a second straight road start. Houston has picked it up lately, averaging 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery over the past two games. They should get after Allen and take him down a few times (Carolina’s averaging 2.7 sacks allowed) and force a few turnovers.11 Baltimore Ravens vs. Browns. Baker Mayfield has taken at least three sacks and thrown at least one INT in every game this year, and Baltimore took advantage of favorable matchups against Miami and Arizona in Weeks 1 and 2, posting six sacks and three takeaways while allowing 13.5 points per game. The Browns have more firepower than those teams, but this game sets up similarly, so expect the Ravens to do well.12 Denver Broncos vs. Jaguars. This one is mostly a “Law of Averages” ranking. Denver hasn’t recorded a sack or takeaway in three games. On the other side, rookie QB Gardner Minshew II has looked like a seasoned vet for the Jaguars, only getting sacked five times and throwing one INT despite a surprise relief appearance, a road start in a noisy dome, and a short-rest Thursday game. It’s tough to feel confident about starting the Broncos, but how can a defense with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb not apply some pressure to the QB? How can a rookie continue to avoid mistakes? Given Denver’s significant home-field advantage, we think the narratives start to change here.13Dallas Cowboys @ Saints.14Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Bengals.15Green Bay Packers vs. Eagles.16Kansas City Chiefs @ Lions.17Carolina Panthers @ Texans.18Atlanta Falcons vs. Titans.19Tennessee Titans @ Falcons.20Cincinnati Bengals @ Steelers.21Philadelphia Eagles @ Packers.22New Orleans Saints vs. Cowboys.23Cleveland Browns @ Ravens.24Buffalo Bills vs. Patriots.25Arizona Cardinals vs. Seahawks.26New York Giants vs. Redskins.27Oakland Raiders @ Colts28Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Rams.29Detroit Lions vs. Chiefs.30Miami Dolphins vs. Chargers.

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