Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Rankings for Week 2

Jason Schandl
Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
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There aren't a ton of players in fantasy football considered "must-start" options for every game. Every week you're going to be faced with tough decisions on who to start, and more often than not your players' matchups are going to be one of the main deciding factors.

With that being said, here is how all 32 teams stack up as fantasy football matchups in Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season. If you have players on a team ranked in the top-5 on this list, you likely want to start them this week, but if your options rank 20 or lower, you might want to reconsider.

32. Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears

We ranked the Chicago Bears as the best defense in the NFL ahead of the season and the toughest fantasy matchup in the NFL for Week 1. They went on to hold Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to only 10 points, not allowing anyone in the Packers' offense to eclipse even 13 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. The Denver Broncos' offense didn't look especially good in a much better matchup against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, meaning you'll probably want to avoid any Broncos players this week.

31. Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens

30. Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys

29. Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots

Holding the Pittsburgh Steelers to only three points is no joke, and this New England Patriots defense could quickly become a matchup to worry about for fantasy owners. This is still an easier spot than the Miami Dolphins' offense found themselves in to open the season, but it's another offense that you'll probably want to fade entirely for Week 2.

28. Detroit Lions vs Los Angeles Chargers

27. Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

26. New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills

25. New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns

No Sam Darnold is a downgrade for everyone on the Jets' offense.

24. Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos

23. Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars

22. Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts

21. Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers

20. New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams

19. Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets

18. Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans

17. Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks

16. Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers

15. Cincinnati Bengals vs San Francisco 49ers

14. Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings

13. San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals

12. Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons

11. Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints

10. Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles

9. Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers

7. Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

6. Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs

5. Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

4. New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

3. Los Angeles Chargers @ Detroit Lions

2. Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1. Baltimore Ravens vs Arizona Cardinals

While we already expected the Arizona Cardinals' defense to struggle in 2019, the way their offense plays actually makes their defense a more fantasy-friendly matchup. No team averaged fewer seconds per play on offense or ran no-huddle as often as Arizona, and that high-paced approach will also likely lead to increased snap counts for their opponents all season. With extra shots to take advantage of, an already-favorable matchup like this is likely to be a matchup to exploit for Ravens players in Week 2.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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