Fantasy Football Week 13 Defense Rankings: 49ers Shine, Jets Climb

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Welcome to our fantasy football defense rankings for Week 13 of the 2019 NFL regular season. This week, we break down whether the San Francisco 49ers can keep their stellar defensive play going despite a devastating matchup against the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens. Plus, a defense out of New York looks to continue making major strides.

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Defense Outlook Week 13

Don’t look now, but only the San Francisco 49ers defense has scored more fantasy points than the New York Jets (DEF1) over the past three weeks. New York has eclipsed 16 points in two of their last three games, and this week they get a mouth-watering matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals have allowed opposing defenses to score an absurd average of 16.3 fantasy points over the last three weeks, the most in football over that time. A switch back to Andy Dalton won’t do much to kick-start the worst team in football.

The San Francisco 49ers (DEF7) put on a clinic this past Sunday night, even leaving many wondering if Aaron Rodgers’ days of being elite are behind him. San Fran has now scored double-digit fantasy points in seven of their last eight games, proving that they are indeed as matchup-proof as a defense can get.

With that said, they’ll have their hands full defending Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens‘ explosive offense in Week 13. Defenses have averaged a putrid 3.2 fantasy points against the Ravens this season. Since Baltimore’s Week 8 bye, opposing defenses have totaled a staggering negative-one fantasy points.

Remember the mighty Jacksonville Jaguars (DEF3) defense from a few years back that nearly took them all the way to the Super Bowl? Yea that’s long gone. However, does that mean it will stop me from advising you to start a defensive unit fresh off of allowing 42 offensive points? Not at all.

Prior to their poor showing a week ago, Jacksonville’s defense had actually averaged an impressive 10.0 fantasy points over their previous five games. Plus, they have a matchup this week against a Miami Dolphins offense, who always seems to make defenses feel better about themselves. The ‘Phins allow the most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season with 13.1 points. Only one defense has been held below 8.0 points against Miami this year, while none have scored fewer than 6.0 points.


Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

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# Defenses TEAM Opp.

1

Jets NYJ

@ CIN

2

Eagles PHI

@ MIA

3

Jaguars JAC

vs. TB

4

Browns CLE

@ PIT

5

Bears CHI

@ DET

6

Patriots NE

@ HOU

7

49ers SF

@ BAL

8

Chargers LAC

@ DEN

9

Saints NO

@ ATL

10

Packers GB

@ NYG

11

Lions DET

vs. CHI

12

Rams LAR

@ ARI

13

Steelers PIT

vs. CLE

14

Ravens BAL

vs. SF

15

Cardinals ARI

vs. LAR

16

Broncos DEN

vs. LAC

17

Buccaneers TB

@ JAC

18

Vikings MIN

@ SEA

19

Dolphins MIA

vs. PHI

20

Chiefs KC

vs. OAK

21

Panthers CAR

vs. WAS

22

Titans TEN

@ IND

23

Colts IND

vs. TEN

24

Redskins WAS

@ CAR

25

Cowboys DAL

vs. BUF

26

Seahawks SEA

vs. MIN

27

Bills BUF

@ DAL

28

Bengals CIN

vs. NYJ

29

Giants NYG

vs. GB

30

Texans HOU

vs. NE

31

Falcons ATL

vs. NO

32

Raiders OAK

@ KC


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