Defensive scoring in fantasy football has been huge in the 2019 season, and already, there have been 10 instances of a defense eclipsing 20 fantasy points. Additionally, the New England Patriots defense is averaging 20.5 per game, making them a top-10 fantasy scorer across all positions in standard scoring leagues.
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 7 of the 2019 NFL season. If you're looking for rankings at other positions, be sure to also check out our full Week 7 fantasy football PPR rankings.
12. Dallas Cowboys (vs Philadelphia Eagles)
11. Los Angeles Chargers (at Tennessee Titans)
The Tennessee Titans have had a tough time in pass protection in 2019, giving up a sack on a league-high 14.2 percent of their drop backs. The NFL's fourth-lowest scoring offense in points per game (16.3), the Titans also find themselves without a clear starting QB, possibly moving on from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill this week. Switching to a backup QB is not likely to make them any more dangerous of a unit, making this a strong spot for the Los Angeles Chargers.
10. Tennessee Titans (vs Los Angeles Chargers)
9. Los Angeles Rams (at Atlanta Falcons)
8. Minnesota Vikings (at Detroit Lions)
The Minnesota Vikings are one of the league's top-12 fantasy defenses on the season, ranking 11th with 8.3 fantasy points per game. Despite blitzing at a below average rate, they are tied for eighth in the NFL with 17 sacks, and they're also one of only nine defenses forcing a turnover rate above 15.0 percent. Pending Week 6's Monday Night football game, the Detroit Lions have held opposing defenses to below average sack and turnover rates, but they've also drawn a fairly soft run of matchups to start the year. The Vikings will be their toughest test of the season so far.
7. New Orleans Saints (at Chicago Bears)
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (at Cincinnati Bengals)
5. Green Bay Packers (vs Oakland Raiders)
4. Chicago Bears (vs New Orleans Saints)
No team has pressured opposing quarterbacks in 2019 better than the Chicago Bears. They are the only team with a hurry rate north of 20 percent (20.4), and they've recorded a hurry, QB knockdown or sack on over one-third of opponents' dropbacks (34.1 percent, next best in the NFL is 30.5 percent). The New Orleans Saints have been fine with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm, but the Bears come into this one as three-point home favorites in a game with a paltry 39.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook.
3. San Francisco 49ers (at Washington Redskins)
2. New England Patriots (at New York Jets)
1. Buffalo Bills (vs Miami Dolphins)
It's been a long time since anyone aside from the New England Patriots has claimed the top spot on these rankings, but a matchup with the Miami Dolphins can make any defense a top unit. As 16-point underdogs in a game with a 39.5-point over/under, Miami's 11.8-point implied total is one of the lowest you'll ever see in an NFL game. The Bills' D ranks 13th in fantasy points per game on the year, and they should have no trouble putting up big points as heavy favorites against a Dolphins squad that has allowed the NFL's third-highest sack rate (11.4 percent) in 2019.
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