Fantasy football championship week is finally here. It’s entirely possible that you’ve made your title game and have been streaming D/STs most of the season. If that’s been your strategy, you’re obviously not going to stop now, and our Week 16 fantasy defense rankings point to some interesting waiver wire sleepers.
The Colts (vs. Panthers), Broncos (vs. Lions), Chargers (vs. Raiders), Jets (vs. Steelers), and Texans (@ Buccaneers) all offer varying degrees of upside and sit fairly high in our rankings. The four defenses in the Giants-Redskins and Bengals-Dolphins games also have favorable matchups on paper, and the Redskins stand out as the top option from that group, but any of them are a gamble.
Of course, so are widely owned D/STs like the Vikings (vs. Packers), Eagles (vs. Cowboys), Saints (vs. Titans), Bears (vs. Chiefs), and Bills (@ Patriots) this week. Even the Rams (@ 49ers) aren’t a sure thing, though it’s tough to sit a D/ST with that much talent and big-play potential.
We’ve been proponents of streaming defenses all season, so we’d suggest taking a shot with someone like the Colts or Broncos ahead of even the Rams, but we understand that all owners have different strategies. And, as we see every week, any defense can put up points in any matchup. All it takes is one play — like, say, the Falcons recovering a fumble in the end zone on a kickoff lateral sequence on the last play of the game against the 49ers — for a D/ST to have value.
Generally, the numbers and matchups don’t lie, but at this point in the season, it’s important to look at recent stats in addition to overall numbers. Offenses and defenses could be moving in opposite directions, and we’ll highlight below the trends you need to know (coming soon).
Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis!
Week 16 Fantasy Defense Rankings
WEEK 16 DFS: Lineup Builder
|1||Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jets|
|2||Baltimore Ravens @ Browns|
|3||New England Patriots vs. Bills|
|4||Indianapolis Colts vs. Panthers|
|5||Seattle Seahawks vs. Cardinals|
|6||Denver Broncos vs. Lions|
|7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Rams|
|8||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Raiders|
|9||Houston Texans @ Buccaneers|
|10||Washington Redskins vs. Giants|
|11||Los Angeles Rams @ 49ers|
|12||Kansas City Chiefs @ Bears|
|13||New York Jets vs. Steelers|
|14||Cincinnati Bengals @ Dolphins|
|15||New York Giants @ Redskins|
|16||Atlanta Falcons vs. Jaguars|
|17||Miami Dolphins vs. Bengals|
|18||Tennessee Titans vs. Saints|
|19||Carolina Panthers @ Colts|
|20||Minnesota Vikings vs. Packers|
|21||Buffalo Bills @ Patriots|
|22||Oakland Raiders @ Chargers|
|23||Green Bay Packers @ Vikings|
|24||New Orleans Saints @ Titans|
|25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Texans|
|26||Dallas Cowboys @ Eagles|
|27||Chicago Bears vs. Chiefs|
|28||Detroit Lions @ Broncos|
|29||Jacksonville Jaguars @ Falcons|
|30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cowboys|
|31||Cleveland Browns vs. Ravens|
|32||Arizona Cardinals @ Seahawks|