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Week 7 Fantasy Defense Rankings

Several solid D/STs are on bye this week (Bills, Cowboys, Steelers), but fortunately, only one “favorable matchup” (Jaguars) is out. That opens the door for some risky potential sleepers and waiver wire pickups to enter the top 15 of our Week 7 fantasy defense rankings. 

The Cardinals (vs. Texans), Panthers (@ Giants), Saints (@ Seahawks), Dolphins (vs. Falcons), and Giants (vs. Panthers) are all available in roughly half of leagues, and all are decent plays in a tough week. The Jets (@ Patriots) are also in play if you’re willing to trust them. It’s a bit surprising the Cardinals and Saints are so widely available given that they’ve been two of the best D/STs in fantasy this year, but you can find them in close to 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. 

A couple D/STs that are normally in play are in rough matchups this week. The Bears (@ Buccaneers) are in the toughest spot, but the Broncos (@ Browns) are also not a recommended play. Even if you have the Bills or Steelers and the Bears are available on your waiver wire, you should look to the teams mentioned above. 

It looks like an especially good week for a few of the top defenses, with the Rams (vs. Lions), Bucs (vs. Bears), and Patriots (vs. Jets) all in great matchups. Unfortunately, the starter’s tier drops off pretty noticeably after around eight or nine. The Colts (@ 49ers), Browns (vs. Broncos), and even the Seahawks (vs. Saints) are in play, but they have fairly low ceilings. 

At least a few owners won’t feel great about their defense this week, but that’s not unusual, especially when the bye weeks start. Fortunately, one big play is all it takes for a defense to have a decent day, so just hope that return TD or a few takeaways and try to get through it. 

Also, this is a good reminder to plan ahead. Several defenses that are good plays this week (Packers, Cardinals, Dolphins) were much more widely available prior to this waivers period. If you had the roster space to look ahead to Week 7 and grab one of these D/STs prior to Week 6 as a free agent, you wouldn’t have to fight the crowd. 

Note: We’ll be updating these D/ST rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest analysis and player movement. 

Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 7: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy football

Rams vs. Lions

Buccaneers vs. Bears

Patriots @ Jets

Cardinals vs. Texans

Panthers @ Giants

Saints @ Seahawks

Packers vs. Washington

Dolphins vs. Falcons

Colts @ 49ers

Giants vs. Panthers

Ravens vs. Bengals

Browns vs. Broncos

49ers vs. Colts

Seahawks vs. Saints

Broncos @ Browns

Jets @ Patriots

Bengals @ Ravens

Falcons @ Dolphins

Raiders vs. Eagles

Eagles @ Raiders

Chiefs @ Titans

Bears @ Buccaneers

Washington @ Packers

Titans vs. Chiefs

Texans @ Cardinals

Lions @ Rams

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