Week 5 Fantasy Defense Rankings: Sleepers, busts, waiver-wire D/ST streamers to target

It has been a high-scoring start to the NFL season, and with bye weeks officially in effect, finding solid starts, sleepers, and waiver-wire streamers at D/ST is going to become more difficult for fantasy football owners. However, with a bigger sample size, it is easier to figure out which defenses are even close to legitimate, and it’s also easier to figure out the league’s worst offenses to exploit. Our Week 5 fantasy defense rankings will help sort through all this information to identify the best options this week.

Once again, the Rams find themselves near the top of the defense rankings because of an excellent matchup with the Washington Football Team. The Patriots and Steelers return to the top five, as well, after a tough matchup with the Chiefs and a postponed game, respectively. They should be solid performers against the Broncos and Brett Rypien (or possibly Drew Lock) and the beat-up Eagles.

WEEK 5 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Kicker

The byes (Packers, Lions) likely don’t affect fantasy owners too much, as neither team is one you stream against, nor are either of their defenses particularly useful. Still, you might be looking for a streamer, and it’s not a great week for that. The Cardinals (@ Jets) top the list of worthwhile D/ST pickups, while the Cowboys (vs. Giants), Browns (vs. Colts), and Jaguars (@ Texans) all represent good dart-throws. Denver (@ Patriots) and Jacksonville (@ Texans) are also possibilities. If you don’t have one of the top-10 defenses this week, the Cardinals are best option out there, so do your best to scoop them up.

WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver |  Tight end | Kicker

Per usual, the Thursday night game figures to be a potential solid spot for defenses. The Buccaneers and the Bears are facing off in an interesting matchup, and both have a chance to emerge as top-12 defensive units against immobile quarterbacks. Tom Brady may not turn the ball over much, so the Bucs represent the better play, but both of these teams can be started this week.

WEEK 5 DFS CASH LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

NOTE: Check back for updates and further analysis throughout the week.

WEEK 5 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Week 5 Fantasy Defense Rankings

WEEK 5 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

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