Let's start with some good news: Only one of the four D/STs

Let's start with some good news: Only one of the four D/STs

Let's start with some good Ramon Laureano Jersey news: Only one of the four D/STs on bye this week (Buccaneers) a regular fantasy starter. The rest (Lions, Seahawks, Washington) can usually be found on the waiver wire at this point. Unfortunately, those three teams being idle still hurts our Week 9 fantasy defense rankings. All three, at least lately, have been prime streaming candidates, creating fewer sleepers and potential waiver wire pickups.With those three out, plus a slew of other favorable matchups either going to bad defenses (Dolphins vs. Texans) or really good defenses that are already widely owned (Bills @ Jaguars, Colts vs. Jets, Steelers vs. Bears, Patriots @ Panthers), there aren't many worthwhile streaming options.WEEK 9 STANDARD RANKINGS: | | | |The best bets look the Panthers (vs. Patriots), who have dropped below 50-percent ownership in Yahoo leagues, the Raiders (@ Giants), and Saints (vs. Falcons). You could also try the Chargers (@ Eagles) and Dolphins (vs. Texans), but if Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) is back, that matchup doesn't look as good.WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: | | | |There's one more potential streamer based on the numbers, but it's tough to recommend it. We're talking about the Packers, who are facing the Chiefs. Yes, the Chiefs. Heading into Week 8, Kansas City was tied for the seventh-most fantasy points per game allowed to D/STs. It seems crazy, but with Patrick Mahomes taking sacks and throwing INTs every week, there have been plenty of opportunities for defenses to put up points against this normally high-powered, efficient offense. You could argue the Packers are a better streaming option than the Saints, Chargers, and Dolphins, but it still feels weird to start any D/ST against Kansas City.WEEK 9 DFS LINEUPS: | | As far as normal starters with bad matchups, the Bengals (vs. Browns), Ravens (vs. Vikings), Browns (@ Bengals), and Broncos (@ Cowboys) are tough to rely on this week. The Rams (vs. Titans) also have an unfavorable opponent, but Liam Hendriks Jersey we're keeping them in our top 12 because of the lack of other top-tier options. (Update: With Derrick Henry out because of a foot injury, the Titans aren't nearly as tough of a matchup.)WEEK 9 DFS: | | There aren't many easy answers this week if you've been relying on the Bucs, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, or Ravens all year. We preach this every week, but if you have the roster flexibility, make sure to plan for these types of weeks. You probably could have grabbed the Panthers or Raiders for free last week when few owners were thinking about/had the space to pick them up. Now, there will be competition, po sibly even on waivers. Our waiver wire watchlist, which we publish every Thursday, looks ahead to the following week so you know who to grab in advance.WEEK 9 FANTASY: | | Note: Bruce Maxwell Jersey We'll be updating these D/ST rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest analysis and player movement.Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy footballRankTeam1Buffalo Bills @ JAX2Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ3Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CHI4New England Patriots @ CAR5Los Angeles Rams vs. TEN.A Titans offense without Derrick Henry (foot) is suddenly a very average offense. Over the past four games, the Rams have averaged 3.3 sacks, 2.3 takeaways, and 17.3 offensive points allowed. That's dominant stuff, so expect more domination against a Tenne see offense that's likely to flounder a bit with more on the shoulders of Ryan Tannehill.6Carolina Panthers vs. NE.The Patriots offense impre sed on the road last week against the Chargers, but Carolina is a much tougher defense. After a one-week dip, the Panthers bounced back in Week 8, racking up three sacks, a pair of takeaways, and just 13 offensive points allowed. The Pats are still a top-seven team in terms of fantasy points per game (FPPG) allowed to D/STs, so you know the upside is there for Carolina.7Dallas Cowboys vs. DEN.Denver doesn't turn it over much (usually once per game), but it's allowing multiple sacks every week and has scored just 31 total offensive points the past two games. Dallas failed to record a turnover for the first time last week, but it still allowed just 16 offensive points to a potent Vikings' offense. Expect the Cowboys to get back on track in the turnover department and tack on points for sacks and points allowed.8Las Vegas Raiders @ NYG.New York's actual FPPG allowed aren't as bad as their reputation, but we know Daniel Jones is prone to turnovers and the Giants routinely allow multiple sacks (five times leading up to Week 8). Vegas has posted at least two sacks in every game, and they've racked up six takeaways the past two games. They're going to allow some points, but the upside is still there for Walt Weiss Jersey big plays and a good fantasy day.9Arizona Cardinals @ SF.The 49ers can be an up-and-down offense. They've had multiple takeaways in four-of-seven games, but last week on the road against Chicago, they scored 33 points with no turnovers or sacks allowed. The Cardinals have been one of the top fantasy D/STs this year, and despite losing J.J. Watt (shoulder), they still have several playmakers who can help their defense rack up points in a hurry. When these teams met in Week 5, the Cardinals limited San Francisco to 10 offensive points, two sacks, and a takeaway. Trey Lance started that game, but a similar outcome is realistic this week.10New Orleans Saints vs. ATL.The Falcons struggled without Calvin Ridley (personal) in Week 8 against the Panthers, and this week, they'll be on the road against a similarly tough defense. New Orleans put up major points against the Bucs last week (three sacks, three takeaways, D/ST touchdown), so clearly they can rack up points against a much le s potent Falcons' offense. With 10 sacks and five takeaways in its past three games, New Orleans will likely continue its hot streak against a middling Falcons offense.11Green Bay Packers @ KC.Prior to Week 8, Kansas City had turned it over 17 times in its past six games. It's also allowed 12 sacks in that span. It was still scoring points Rollie Fingers Jersey prior to Week 7's three-point dud, but clearly things aren't going well for the two-time reigning AFC champ. The Packers have 14 takeaways and 20 takeaways in its past seven games. That includes a two-sack, three-takeaway game against Arizona's elite offense last Thursday. If they did it against the Cardinals, they can do it against the struggling Chiefs. It's tough to play a D/ST against the Chiefs, but clearly the trends say you should trust th

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