There is a good probability that for those who’re nonetheless alive in your fantasy soccer playoffs, it is as a result of your D/ST did effectively final week. Anytime you get a great efficiency from a protection, it goes a good distance towards victory. However determining which D/ST will do effectively — be it one already in your roster or one sitting there on the waiver wire — is not at all times simple. Our Week 15 fantasy protection rankings are right here to assist, and like most weeks, there are many potential sleepers and busts lurking all through.
The Saints (vs. Jets), Lions (vs. Bears), Redskins (vs. Cardinals), Payments (vs. Dolphins, presumably in dangerous climate once more), Cardinals (@ Redskins), Dolphins (@ Payments), Colts (vs. Broncos), and perhaps even the Falcons (@ Bucs) and Giants (vs. Eagles) are all out there in over half of Yahoo leagues and have favorable matchups this week (assuming Tyrod Taylor and Carson Wentz do not play). (UPDATE: Wentz is out.) With the Seahawks (vs. Rams), Rams (@ Seahawks), Patriots (@ Steelers), Steelers (vs. Patriots), Chiefs (vs. Chargers), and Panthers (vs. Packers, assuming Aaron Rodgers performs) all dealing with unfavorable matchups, it would not be loopy to sub in a type of extensively out there D/STs.
One of many hardest groups to guage this week is the Chargers (@ Chiefs). They have been as scorching as any D/ST recently, however the Chiefs nonetheless rank among the many backside six groups when it comes to fantasy factors allowed to defenses and have seemingly discovered their mojo once more. We nonetheless view the Chargers as starters due to their dominant go rush, however in a highway, prime-time setting, it is easy to think about them having a tricky time.
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Week 15 Fantasy Soccer Rankings: Protection
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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Texans. T.J. Yates is likely to be higher than Tom Savage (emphasis on “may”), however both means, fantasy’s No. 1 protection — who notched 10 sacks and 4 takeaways in opposition to Houston in Week 1 — are a simple name at No. 1 this week.
Baltimore Ravens @ Browns. Baltimore’s protection was shredded by the Steelers on Sunday night time and Cleveland’s offense appears to be like positively frisky with Josh Gordon again, however do not let that fear you an excessive amount of. Baltimore can nonetheless exploit dangerous matchups even with out Jimmy Smith, and the Browns are nonetheless permitting a number of sacks and a number of takeaways nearly each week.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Giants. Carson Wentz’s season-ending harm might have an effect on Philadelphia’s D/ST, as opposing groups might have higher beginning area place and video games may very well be nearer, resulting in fewer passes and probabilities for sacks/INTs. Nonetheless, you need to just like the Eagles in opposition to the Giants, who’ve averaged 10.eight offensive factors over the previous 4 weeks and have turned it over six occasions in that span.
New Orleans Saints vs. Jets. Bryce Petty? Within the noisy Superdome in opposition to a staff with an honest go rush and shutdown nook? In a recreation the Saints want for his or her playoff push? This might get ugly.
Denver Broncos @ Colts. The Broncos D/ST has lastly proven up the previous couple weeks, posting six sacks, 5 takeaways, and a landing. Denver utterly shut down the Jets final week, and even on the highway, it may well do the identical to the Colts, who’re permitting the third-most fantasy factors to D/STs. Do not underestimate the potential “Thursday Night time Sloppy Issue” right here both.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Bengals. Cincinnati might need been damaged in Pittsburgh two weeks in the past. The Bengals managed solely seven factors whereas permitting three sacks and two takeaways to the Bears at residence final week, so a highway matchup in opposition to the Vikings, who’ve allowed fewer than 14 ppg whereas posting three.three sacks per recreation and 7 complete takeaways in six residence contests, would not determine to finish effectively.
Detroit Lions vs. Bears. Detroit struggled in unfavorable matchups in Weeks 12 and 13, nevertheless it bounced again in a giant means in opposition to Tampa, racking up 5 takeaways and three sacks. In Week 11 in opposition to Chicago, Detroit had just one sack and takeaway, nevertheless it did rating a defensive landing. At residence on a Saturday afternoon, Detroit is in good place in opposition to a rookie QB who nonetheless hasn’t proven the flexibility to constantly put up factors.
Washington Redskins vs. Cardinals. Blaine Gabbert hasn’t been horrible, however Arizona has allowed 15 sacks the previous two weeks and 6 turnovers, two blocked kicks, and two defensive touchdowns the previous 4 weeks. Washington has had no less than one takeaway and a number of sacks and in all however two video games this 12 months, so this can be a relative high-floor scenario for the Redskins.
9 Los Angeles Chargers @ Chiefs
10 Buffalo Payments vs. Dolphins
11 Arizona Cardinals @ Redskins
12 Miami Dolphins @ Payments
13 Indianapolis Colts vs. Broncos
14 Chicago Bears @ Lions
15 Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams
16 Los Angeles Rams @ Seahawks
17 Atlanta Falcons @ Bucs
18 New England Patriots @ Steelers
19 New York Giants vs. Eagles
20 Tennessee Titans @ 49ers
21 Dallas Cowboys @ Raiders
22 Cincinnati Bengals @ Vikings
23 Carolina Panthers vs. Packers
24 Inexperienced Bay Packers @ Panthers
25 Houston Texans @ Jaguars
26 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Patriots
27 San Francisco 49ers vs. Titans
28 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vs. Chargers
29 Oakland Raiders vs. Cowboys
30 Cleveland Browns vs. Ravens
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Falcons
32 New York Jets @ Saints