Charch's Week 4 Defense Rankings


The Jags defense loves showing up after a loss. Last season in games following an L (excluding Weeks 16-17 when they already clinched the division), the Jags defense gave up 26 total points over four games against the Steelers, Ravens and Colts (twice, one shutout). In those games, they forced 10 turnovers (two pick sixes) and 18 sacks (including 10 in one game on poor Jacoby Brissett). This week they get a Jets team that leads the league in giveaways with eight and give up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing teams' defenses. Don't overthink it. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $4300


Through three weeks, the Chicago Bears have the highest scoring fantasy defense thanks to leading the league in sacks (14) and forcing the second-most takeaways (8). Aside from two brain-fart quarters against the Packers and Cardinals, the Bears have only given up twenty total points in the other 10 quarters. Don't let Fitzmagic scare you as it appears opposing defense have figured him out, evidenced by his three interception, three sack game against the bumbling Steelers. The outlook is even better if they get a crabby Jameis returning from suspension. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $4100

The Chargers may have the sixth-worst fantasy scoring defense through three weeks, but that's mostly due to early season dates with Mahomes and the Rams. The Bosa-less defense looked just fine in Week 2 against rookie Josh Allen, forcing the debutante into two picks and five sacks, and now they get the CJ Beathard-led 49ers. Just like with Ralph Wiggum, you could see the exact moment the 49ers organization's collective heart shattered as they saw Jimmy GQ's knee buckle after that juke. The 49ers had already given up 13 sacks, second most, so it's hard to see them stepping up for Beathard, whom has been sacked 19 times and turned the ball over nine times in his six career appearances. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $4000

The Eagles' league-best rushing defense (62 yards per game) probably won't have to worry much about Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry in Tennessee's 25th-best rushing attack (3.7 yards per rush). Philly's 17th-best passing defense is middling, but they similarly won't have to worry about that against Tennessee's fourth-worst passing offense which has only produced two touchdowns against four interceptions. However, Tennessee is taking care of the ball, having not turned the ball over since Week 1, and Philly isn't forcing any turnovers themselves (only one forced turnover against Fitzpatrick and Luck the past two weeks), so this could come down to Philly keeping the scoring down. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3800

After the humiliating loss to the Bills last week (bumping the Vikings' opponent's defenses up to the seventh-most fantasy points scored), the Vikings couldn't ask for a worse rebound: facing the Rams, the second-highest scoring fantasy defense… on the road… on the short Thursday Night assignment. The Rams defense already has six takeaways and two defensive touchdowns, and they now get a disheveled Kirk Cousins that turned the ball over thrice and was sacked four times. For what it's worth, Cousins led his Redskins to a tidy 27-20 victory in LA last season, passing for 179 yards and a TD against zero turnovers. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $4600

Let's not overreact to the Bills committing the biggest football upset since, perhaps, the Little Giants taking down the Cowboys just yet. Despite putting up 27 points on the Vikings, the Bills couldn't even manage 300 total yards of offense and were shutout in the second half, punting on their final six possessions. The Bills' opponents' defenses are still scoring the third-most fantasy points per game, largely due to giving up a league-leading 14 total sacks. The Packers only have six sacks and three takeaways themselves, but the appeal of a rookie quarterback playing at Lambeau screams a must-start. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3200

After a lackluster first half which saw the Jets put up 14 points, the Browns figured it out (or maybe were inspired by a certain QB change) and limited the Jets to three points while forcing three turnovers on New York's six second half possessions. David Carr has already thrown five picks on the season, three of which at home (including a pick six), but no other Raider has turned the ball over. They've only given up five total sacks too, so the Browns might have difficulty forcing turnovers. Still, the Browns defense leads the league in takeaways with 11 and are tied for seventh in sacks with nine. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3600

The Cardinals are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing teams' defenses so far, having managed only 20 total points (all of which coming in two quarters) while allowing seven sacks and seven giveaways. The Cards have given the reins to Josh Rosen, who was picked off once (he threw another pick six that was negated by a defensive penalty) and sacked in his two series in relief of Sam Bradford (RIP). The Seahawks have the sixth-and third-best rushing defenses in terms of total yards (83.7) and yards per attempt (3.3), respectively, so they should be able to keep David Johnson in check despite already giving up two receiving touchdowns to opposing running backs. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3700


Dallas, surprisingly, finds themselves as the eighth-best fantasy defense despite being 1-2. They've only forced two turnovers, but six of their second-most 11 sacks have come in their lone home game. Since Stafford's four-turnover, opening night disaster, he's only coughed up the ball twice, but he has struggled in Dallas in his career. In two trips to Jerry World since 2014 (one playoff), Stafford has thrown one touchdown pass against two interceptions, seven sacks, and three fumbles lost. Amazingly, Detroit has only given up three sacks, best in the league, so something has got to give. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3400


The Texans should be a good start on paper, but they haven't exactly showed it on the field yet. Since turning over the Patriots three times in the opener, they've failed to record a takeaway… and that's against Blaine Gabbert and Eli Manning. JJ Watt did finally get going last week (three sacks and five QB hits), but the team is still tied for fifth-fewest and third-fewest in sacks and takeaways, respectively. Luck has owned Houston in his career (18 touchdowns vs 6 interceptions), but he has been sacked 20 times in eight career meetings. Luck already has three picks on the year, but he is coming off a turnover-less game against the Eagles. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3400

Last week's dud against the Bills was largely on the offense; the Vikings defense has still scored the ninth-most fantasy points this season, largely thanks to 10 sacks. Last year, the Vikings D held the Rams to only seven points and Todd Gurley to 2.5 yards per rush on 15 attempts. They only forced one turnover and two sacks, but they still held Rams 23 points under their season average. The Vikings haven't forced a turnover since Week 1, and the Rams' opponents' defenses have scored the second-fewest fantasy points per game, so this one could really go either way. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3700


The Titans, fresh off limiting the Jags to six points on the road, are the sixth-best fantasy defense after three weeks, largely due to giving up the fourth-fewest points per game. Wentz looked a bit shaky in his debut (two turnovers, five sacks) against the Colts of all teams, but the Philly offense has been pretty anemic so far (19th in total offense), conceding the third-most giveaways. Tennessee has struggled against the run so far (23rd in yards per game), but due to Philly's own running back woes, their 10th-best passing defense should be able to hone in on the rusty Wentz, which is something you probably shouldn't google. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3300


Even after NYJ's second half collapse to the Cleveland Bakers… ahem Browns, the Jets defense still find themselves tied for second in fantasy points scored, thanks to their eight sacks, seven takeaways and two touchdowns. Going into Jacksonville is no easy task, especially after a Jags loss (see: #1 ranking), but the Jets did hold Bortles to under 43% completion percentage and picked him off once en route to a shocking overtime victory last season. Jacksonville is also coming off a six-point performance against the Titans at home, so this one could be the good kind of ugly. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3400

Despite already having had a date with Patrick Mahomes, the Steelers defense is a respectable 14th in fantasy points. They've already forced six turnovers, four of which coming in the most recent game (including a pick six), and sacked opposing quarterbacks 11 times, tied for second most. The Ravens have had trouble keeping Joe Flacco upright this season, allowing eight sacks, tied for seventh most. To make matters worse, in 19 career games against the Steelers, Flacco has been sacked 52 times, by far his most against any team! Expect a raucous (or ravenous?) crowd that hasn't seen a home victory against a team not named the Browns since Week 14 last season. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3200

The Cardinals defense finally showed some life last week (16 points allowed, two turnovers forced, and three sacks) against the upstart Bears. The Cards have a respectable eight sacks on the season, tied for fifth most, but you can expect that number to go up as Seattle comes to town having allowed 14 sacks already, tied for the most, 12 of which coming on the road. To make the matchup even sweeter, each of the Seahawks' five turnovers have also occurred on the road. The Cardinals failed to turnover Russell Wilson in the desert last season, but they did sack him five times, so there is some upside here. - Parker Leach (@cootscoot)    |   $3100