Heading into the fantasy football playoffs, defensive scoring is way up this season. Through 13 weeks, the New England Patriots have already scored 192 fantasy points, outscoring last year's league-leading mark of 187 from the Chicago Bears. The San Francisco 49ers aren't far behind, with 153, and both teams rank in the top 40 for fantasy scoring across all positions.
Fantasy Football Playoffs Defense Rankings
Defensive production can be volatile though, and the top unit for a given week can depend heavily on the matchups each defense draws. With that in mind, here are our top 12 fantasy football defenses for Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.
12. New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers
11. Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
For all of the team's offensive struggles, the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense has helped carry them to their surprising 7-5 record. They may not come close to being as productive as the Patriots, but they are third in fantasy scoring among defenses (with 143 points), and they come much closer to the 49ers in second (153) than the Los Angeles Rams in fourth (116). Those same Rams just got to Kyler Murray for six sacks, holding the Arizona Cardinals to seven points in Week 13, and the Steelers should find success in this spot.
10. Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders
9. Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions
7. New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs
6. New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins remain the premier matchup to target with fantasy defenses, even though they did just turn in an impressive game in Week 13. They're giving up the most fantasy points per game to the position, averaging the third-most giveaways (1.9) per game, and giving up the most sacks per game (4.1). The New York Jets' defense isn't anything to write home about, but they've scored at least 16 fantasy points in two of the last four games, averaging 11.3 per game in that stretch.
5. Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals
4. Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants
The New York Giants have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, and while the Philadelphia Eagles failed to capitalize on a soft matchup last week, we've still seen them flash massive upside. Philly owns the second-highest single-game fantasy score of the season for a defense (35 points against the Jets in Week 5). The Giants have given up at least five sacks in three of the last six games, and an Eagles D that ranks 11th in sack rate should be able to take advantage of that weakness.
3. Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos
2. Green Bay Packers vs Washington Redskins
The Green Bay Packers have opened as Week 14's biggest favorite (14 points) on FanDuel Sportsbook as they draw a matchup with a Washington Redskins team that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. This matchup has become especially good with Dwayne Haskins at the helm, as he's thrown just two TDs with two interceptions, getting sacked 18 times and fumbling five times in four starts. The Packers D offers enough upside in this spot that they're one of the top waiver wire pickups for Week 14.
1. Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
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