2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses




These 2018 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time. Also, be sure to check out my other 2018 Fantasy Football articles, including sleepers, busts, tons of 2018 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

Updated 1/21


I don't believe in drafting fantasy defenses until the final couple of rounds. Someone always reaches for a defense way too early in every fantasy draft. I prefer to grab as many running backs and receivers as possible, and then wait on a defense in the final round. I then play matchups with my defenses. I'll explain this later, but here are my brief 2018 fantasy defense rankings, which will be much different than most publications because of my matchup strategy:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles. Bye: 0.
  2. Los Angeles Rams. Bye: 0.
  3. Minnesota Vikings. Bye: 0.
  4. Los Angeles Chargers. Bye: 0.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars. Bye: 0.
  6. Houston Texans. Bye: 0.
  7. Denver Broncos. Bye: 0.
  8. Baltimore Ravens. Bye: 0.
  9. Carolina Panthers. Bye: 0.
  10. Arizona Cardinals. Bye: 0.





  11. Chicago Bears. Bye: 0.
  12. Buffalo Bills. Bye: 0.
  13. Dallas Cowboys. Bye: 0.
  14. New Orleans Saints. Bye: 0.
  15. New York Giants. Bye: 0.
  16. Tennessee Titans. Bye: 0.
  17. Washington Redskins. Bye: 0.
  18. Kansas City Chiefs. Bye: 0.
  19. Seattle Seahawks. Bye: 0.
  20. Miami Dolphins. Bye: 0.
  21. Pittsburgh Steelers. Bye: 0.
  22. Cincinnati Bengals. Bye: 0.



  23. New England Patriots. Bye: 0.
  24. Detroit Lions. Bye: 0.
  25. Atlanta Falcons. Bye: 0.
  26. San Francisco 49ers. Bye: 0.
  27. Green Bay Packers. Bye: 0.
  28. New York Jets. Bye: 0.
  29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bye: 0.
  30. Indianapolis Colts. Bye: 0.
  31. Oakland Raiders. Bye: 0.
  32. Cleveland Browns. Bye: 0.


Rotating Fantasy Football Defenses:

As I said, I love to rotate fantasy defenses based on matchups. I've identified several teams as having probable crappy offenses that you can go against (note that this list will change after the 2018 NFL Draft:


Terrible Offenses:

  • Arizona Cardinals - Arizona has one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, and Carson Palmer has retired, so the Cardinals' scoring unit appears to be a giant mess right now.

  • Cleveland Browns - The Browns will be an automatic play-against until they find a viable quarterback.

  • Denver Broncos - Denver doesn't have a viable starting quarterback at the moment.

  • New York Giants - Eli Manning is likely to leave this offseason, so the Giants will have a rookie quarterback playing behind a poor offensive line.

  • New York Jets - Josh McCown is a free agent. At the moment, the Jets' starting quarterback is the horrific Bryce Petty.

  • Washington Redskins - Kirk Cousins may leave this offseason, so it remains to be seen what Washington will be able to do at quarterback.




    Bad Offenses:

  • Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.

    It's also worth noting that you can luck into landing a great defense using this strategy. Several years ago in one league, I picked up the 49ers early because they had a matchup versus rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. They were doing so well that I just decided to keep them, but always signed another defense if San Francisco matched up against a potent offense. The same happened with Carolina in one of my leagues last year.






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