Top 10 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings for Week 18 NFL DFS

Adam Taylor McKillop
Top 10 fantasy football defense rankings for Week 18 and fantasy football DFS.
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The Chicago Bears defense delivered a dazzling performance in Week 17, recording 21 points against the New York Giants. Chicago held New York to zero touchdowns and -6 net passing yards, adding on four turnovers and four sacks.

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The Dallas Cowboys are still the season's top fantasy defensive unit thanks to a league-leading 33 forced turnovers. Dallas' matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings present tough opposing offenses and have them on the outside of our top 10 looking in.

Instead, the staunch Buffalo Bills tops our list with a favorable contest against the New York Jets, who have coughed up the second-most turnovers (27) this season.

If you need help breaking down the rest of this week's matchups, here are our top-10 fantasy football defense rankings for Week 18.

Fantasy Football Defense Rankings Week 18

10. Tennessee Titans (at HOU)

9. Washington Football Team (at NYG)

New York's dismal Week 17 performance cannot go unnoticed. Although the Washington Football Team's defense took a step back in 2021 and ranks just 27th, the Giants offense struggles mightily to move the ball. New York has surrendered 27 turnovers on the year and ranks 31st in yards gained per game (294.2).

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

7. Kansas City Chiefs (at DEN)

6. Minnesota Vikings (vs CHI)

5. New Orleans Saints (at ATL)

4. New England Patriots (at MIA)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs CAR)

2. Indianapolis Colts (at JAX)

1. Buffalo Bills (vs NYJ)

This No. 1 ranking is a no-brainer. Buffalo is still vying for an AFC title and has work left to do in Week 18. The Bills rank fourth in the season-long defensive rankings and have forced 30 turnovers ahead of this enticing matchup. The Jets rank bottom-10 in almost every offensive category including touchdowns, points per game and turnovers.

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