Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 4: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy football

A few weeks into the season, stats are finally starting to mean something. They’re still not the end-all, be-all, as D/STs could’ve had some random good/bad games that are significantly inflating/deflating their numbers, but it’s time to start paying attention to which defenses are producing fantasy points and which offenses are giving them up (more so the latter). We’re not going to be slaves to the numbers, but our Week 4 fantasy defense rankings can help you find some sleepers and streamers in what looks like a tough week for many of the top drafted units. 

Matchups are always the first thing we look at putting together D/ST rankings, and they’re not particularly favorable for heavy-hitters such as the Patriots (vs. Buccaneers), Steelers (@ Packers), Ravens (@ Broncos), Rams (vs. Cardinals), and Panthers (@ Cowboys), among a couple others. It’s a tough call as to whether you should trust the talent and stick with these teams or try to stream, but given some of the struggles of the Steelers and Ravens — and the overall efficiency of the Bucs and Cardinals — it might be better to stream for them depending on your options.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker

If you’re looking for some potential pickups, both D/STs in the Colts-Dolphins game are in play given their respective QB issues, and both defenses in the Giants-Saints game are worth streaming given those quarterbacks’ historical turnover problems. You can also try your luck with the Bears (vs. Lions), Bengals (vs. Jaguars), and Titans (@ Jets), all of whom play weak, potentially turnover-prone offenses. 

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Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endKicker

The fact that there are more good streaming options than “every-week” plays should tell you all you need to know about this position. Eventually, things will calm down a bit, but with offenses seemingly stronger than ever across the league (and virtually every rule seemingly designed to make things more difficult for defenses), it’s best to just look for the bad quarterbacks/offenses to stream against. Those will be far more consistent week-to-week than all but the very best D/STs, and even those are vulnerable against the very top offenses.

Injuries will continue to change which matchups are favorable/unfavorable, so it’s not an exact science, but generally speaking, the fantasy points per game allowed metric is more reliable than D/ST fantasy points scored. Plan ahead and take advantage.

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

Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 4: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy football

Rank Team
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ NE
2 Buffalo Bills vs. HOU
3 New Orleans Saints vs. NYG
4 Indianapolis Colts @ MIA
5 Miami Dolphins vs. IND
6 Cincinnati Bengals vs. JAX
7 Chicago Bears vs. DET
8 Green Bay Packers vs. PIT
9 New York Giants vs. NO
10 Tennessee Titans @ NYJ
11 Baltimore Ravens @ DEN
12 Cleveland Browns @ MIN
13 Washington Football Team @ ATL
14 Los Angeles Rams vs. ARI
15 Carolina Panthers @ DAL
16 Denver Broncos vs. BAL
17 Pittsburgh Steelers @ GB
18 New England Patriots vs. TB
19 Dallas Cowboys vs. CAR
20 Kansas City Chiefs @ PHI
21 San Francisco 49ers vs. SEA
22 Las Vegas Raiders @ LAC
23 Seattle Seahawks @ SF
24 Atlanta Falcons vs. WAS
25 Detroit Lions @ CHI
26 Philadelphia Eagles vs. KC
27 Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
28 New York Jets vs. TEN
29 Los Angeles Chargers vs. LV
30 Minnesota Vikings vs. CLE
31 Jacksonville Jaguars @ CIN
32 Houston Texans @ BUF
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