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Top 12 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings for Week 2

Jason Schandl
Top 12 fantasy football defenses ranked for Week 2.
Top 12 fantasy football defenses ranked for Week 2. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Defenses are sometimes left as an afterthought in fantasy football, but Week 1's action has highlighted how important a defense can be. Anyone saddled with negative points from the Minnesota Vikings or that benefited from a big day from the Baltimore Ravens or New Orleans Saints will tell you that.

With that in mind, here are our fantasy football defense rankings for Week 2.

Week 2 Defense Rankings for Fantasy Football

12. Baltimore Ravens (at HOU)

11. Green Bay Packers (vs DET)

10. Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

The Kansas City Chiefs showed the value of being a big favorite for a fantasy defense in Week 1, when they gave up 20 points but still put up a solid fantasy score thanks to their 4 sacks. This pressure wasn't a fluke, coming with 8 QB hits in a game in which Deshaun Watson was forced to throw the ball 32 times while the Texans tried to play catch-up. The Los Angeles Chargers' offensive line struggled to protect Tyrod Taylor in Week 1, letting him get sacked twice while he only barely avoided a couple more by scrambling, with just 7 yards on 6 carries. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Chiefs as heavy 8.5-point favorites here, and their pass rush could be in for another big game.

9. Dallas Cowboys (vs ATL)

8. Chicago Bears (vs NYG)

7. Cleveland Browns (vs CIN)

6. Arizona Cardinals (vs WAS)

The Arizona Cardinals put on a surprisingly strong showing against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, holding 2019's No. 3 scoring offense to 20 points (9.6 points below last year's average). The Cards get a much easier matchup in Week 2, taking on the Washington Football Team. Washington had a solid performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, but it still gave up 3 sacks while Dwayne Haskins completed just 54.8 percent of his passes.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs CAR)

4. Buffalo Bills (at MIA)

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs DEN)

2. Tennessee Titans (vs JAX)

1. San Francisco 49ers (at NYJ)

The Niners disappointed in Week 1, but they are in a terrific spot to bounce back in this one. Sam Darnold doesn't seem to have improved much heading into his third NFL season, throwing for just 215 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in Week 1. He also got sacked 3 times, and now the Jets' skill position group is even thinner with Le'Veon Bell nursing a hamstring injury.

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