Week 5 Fantasy Rankings: Defense
With at least three rookie QBs, injuries to several veteran signal-callers, and a few leaky offensive lines playing in front of otherwise solid passers, it’s not difficult to find a D/ST sleeper/waiver wire streamer with upside in a given week. Our Week 5 fantasy defense rankings reflect that, as you could easily go 20 deep and feel comfortable with your start ’em, sit ’em decision.
Most of the top drafted D/STs have favorable or neutral matchups this week, but don’t get complacent. Several widely available units might have better outlooks. The Saints (vs. Buccaneers) and 49ers (vs. Browns) are two interesting D/STs given their matchups against potentially explosive offenses. However, both the Bucs and Browns O-lines have given up a good amount of sacks, and both Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield have shown a willingness to turn the ball over. We like the home defenses to continue giving them problems even if they give up some points.
The Eagles (vs. Jets) and Panthers (vs. Jaguars) also look to be in good spots with home matchups against inexperienced QBs. Even if Sam Darnold (mono) returns for New York, we like the Eagles this week. The Browns (@ 49ers), Titans (vs. Bills), and Falcons (vs. Texans) are also available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and have reasons for optimism this week. Even the Raiders (vs. Bears in London) could be a sneaky sleeper.
The Cowboys (vs. Packers), Packers (@ Cowboys), and Seahawks (vs. Rams) are really the only D/STs owned in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues that have worrisome outlooks. You can still make a case for the Seahawks given the Thursday night home factor and how poorly Jared Goff has looked at times this year.
Overall, it’s a good week for D/STs. We know there will be disappointments and surprises, but at least on Sunday morning, you shouldn’t worry much about that spot in your lineup.
Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis!
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