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Top 12 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings for Week 2

Max Staley
Top 12 fantasy football defense rankings for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.
Top 12 fantasy football defense rankings for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Arizona Cardinals defense showed out in Week 1, leading the league with a whopping 16 fantasy points. The high-scoring effort was spearheaded by Comeback and Defensive Player of the Year Candidate Chandler Jones, who put up 5.0 sacks on Sunday.

If you need some help figuring out which defense to start this week, The Duel is here to help. Here are our top-12 defense rankings for Week 2 in fantasy football.

Fantasy Football Defense Rankings Week 2

12. Arizona Cardinals (vs MIN)

The Arizona Cardinals pass-rush is for real. The Cincinnati Bengals' pass-rush is not. And yet, the Bengals still generated 3 sacks and 8 QB hits on Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. That could be a disaster against the likes of Chandler Jones and J.J. Watt, as this defense looks to continue its impressive early-season run.

11. Buffalo Bills (at MIA)

10. Green Bay Packers (vs DET)

9. New York Giants (at WAS)

8. Cleveland Browns (vs HOU)

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs LVR)

6. Los Angeles Rams (at IND)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs ATL)

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still the best defense in football, they sure didn't look like it in Week 1. But few offenses underwhelmed as much as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan was sacked three times behind Atlanta's offensive line. That could be a sign of things to come against this dominant Bucs' pass-rush.

4. New Orleans Saints (at CAR)

3. New England Patriots (at NYJ)

2. Denver Broncos (at JAX)

1. Washington Football Team (vs NYG)

The Washington Football Team has the most impressive front seven in the league. The New York Giants, meanwhile, have one of the league's worst O-Lines. Look for the Football Team to pin their ears back and tee off against Daniel Jones, who has 40 turnovers since 2019 – the most in the league during that span.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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