Week 17 Fantasy Rankings: Defense | Sporting News

Week 17 fantasy football defense rankings will have some unpredictability added to them by playoff seeding scenarios. Our top two D/STs for the week are slated to be the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore has nothing to play for, while the Pats have been known to play it safe in Week 17, although they still have seeding to compete for. Most fantasy leagues that continue to the final regular season week think about players sitting out for how it affects offense, but with whole defensive units possibly impacted by single absences, there could be question marks on the defensive side of start ’em, sit ’em questions, too.

Now in the cases of Baltimore and New England, you should probably be starting those D/STs anyway. The Patriots take on mistake-prone Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins, which should lead to fantasy goodness regardless of who’s on the field. We’d also feel great about the Ravens’ defense against either Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges, two more turnovers waiting to happen.

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Beyond the top two, it’s about matchups as usual. The Colts (@ Jaguars), Broncos (vs. Raiders), Rams (vs. Cardinals) and Packers (@ Lions) all have great matchups that should be attacked this week. You can also feel good about San Franciso, which hasn’t been amazing of late but faces a Seattle offense that is reeling and now without Chris Carson.

The defense that many of you were probably streaming of late to get rid of is the Chargers. A meeting with Patrick Mahomes in the season’s final week doesn’t bode well for L.A. You may also have streamed the Redskins against the Giants or the Jets against Pittsburgh – look elsewhere this week.

The final big question centers around Pittsburgh’s defense. Normally, you’d avoid a D/ST at all costs playing against Lamar Jackson. The thing is, the Ravens could sit Lamar. If that happens, everything changes. For now, the Steelers are ranked to reflect a matchup with Jackson. If he sits, vault Pittsburgh into the top five against Robert Griffin III and company.

Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates.

Week 17 Fantasy Defense Rankings

Rank Team
1 New England Patriots vs. Dolphins
2 Baltimore Ravens vs. Steelers
3 Indianapolis Colts @ Jaguars
4 Denver Broncos vs. Raiders
5 Los Angeles Rams vs. Cardinals
6 Green Bay Packers @ Lions
7 San Francisco 49ers @ Seahawks
8 Cleveland Browns @ Bengals
9 Buffalo Bills vs. Jets
10 Houston Texans vs. Titans
11 Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers
12 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chargers
13 New Orleans Saints @ Panthers
14 Dallas Cowboys vs. Redskins
15 Atlanta Falcons @ Buccaneers
16 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Colts
17 Philadelphia Eagles @ Giants
18 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Browns
19 Minnesota Vikings vs. Bears
20 Oakland Raiders @ Broncos
21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Falcons
22 New York Giants vs. Eagles
23 New York Jets @ Bills
24 Miami Dolphins @ Patriots
25 Carolina Panthers vs. Saints
26 Tennessee Titans @ Texans
27 Chicago Bears @ Vikings
28 Washington Redskins @ Cowboys
29 Pittsburgh Steelers @ Ravens
30 Los Angeles Chargers @ Chiefs
31 Arizona Cardinals @ Rams
32 Detroit Lions vs. Packers

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