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 8/21


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: 9.
  2. Los Angeles Rams. Bye: 12.
  3. Minnesota Vikings. Bye: 10.
  4. Los Angeles Chargers. Bye: 8.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars. Bye: 9.
  6. Houston Texans. Bye: 10.
  7. Denver Broncos. Bye: 10.
  8. Baltimore Ravens. Bye: 10.
  9. Carolina Panthers. Bye: 4.
  10. Chicago Bears. Bye: 5.





  11. Buffalo Bills. Bye: 11.
  12. Dallas Cowboys. Bye: 8.
  13. Tennessee Titans. Bye: 8.
  14. New Orleans Saints. Bye: 6.
  15. New York Giants. Bye: 9.
  16. Arizona Cardinals. Bye: 9.
  17. Washington Redskins. Bye: 4.
  18. Kansas City Chiefs. Bye: 12.
  19. Miami Dolphins. Bye: 11.
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers. Bye: 7.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals. Bye: 9.



  22. New England Patriots. Bye: 11.
  23. Atlanta Falcons. Bye: 8.
  24. Seattle Seahawks. Bye: 7.
  25. Detroit Lions. Bye: 6.
  26. San Francisco 49ers. Bye: 11.
  27. New York Jets. Bye: 11.
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bye: 5.
  29. Cleveland Browns. Bye: 11.
  30. Oakland Raiders. Bye: 7.
  31. Green Bay Packers. Bye: 7.
  32. Indianapolis Colts. Bye: 9.




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:

  • No teams yet - I don't think there are any terrible offenses in the NFL right now, but that will change when some starting quarterbacks suffer injuries.




    Bad Offenses:

  • Buffalo Bills - The Bills have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston will be serving a three-game suspension to start the year, so Ryan Fitzpatrick is a nice fade target.

    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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