Some weeks are full of waiver wire streamers and sleepers in the top 12 of our fantasy defense rankings. Week 4 isn’t one of those weeks. No, this is a week where all the lazy owners who just looked at preseason rankings, drafted a “top-12” D/ST, and have been too scared to make a roster move are going to feel like kings. The matchups favor the old classics.
That’s not to say the top 12 is devoid of potential streamers. Washington (@ Giants) should have some value, while the Colts (vs. Raiders) and Texans (vs. Panthers) are in fairly good spots and available in many leagues. Pittsburgh (vs. Bengals) and Denver (vs. Jaguars) have also been dropped in quite a few leagues and have upside this week.
WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker
Among the big fallers are the Bills (vs. Patriots), Browns (@ Ravens), and Packers (vs. Eagles), though the latter is still in play because of the Thursday home factor.
WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end (coming soon)
The two bye-week teams, the 49ers and Jets, will both be missed but for different reasons. The Jets are a great team to stream defenses against, while the 49ers have been a fairly reliable starting option this year (and also not a bad team to stream D/STs against). Ultimately, though, that’s not the reason these rankings seem boring. We go with what the numbers tell us, and this week, it looks like there’s little reason to reach for a surprise sleeper.
Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis!
Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defense
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