Fantasy Football Week 5 Defense Rankings: Eagles Up, Start Cowboys?

Fantasy Football Defense Rankings Week 5

Getty Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after an interception.

Welcome to our Fantasy Football Defense Rankings for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL regular season. In this week’s column, we feature a Philadelphia Eagles defense who has rallied off two stellar showings. Plus, a struggling Dallas Cowboys unit who may catch a break this week with a plus-matchup on the docket.

* If you’re looking for more information on how to best set your lineup this coming week check out our Week 5 Defense Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em.

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Defense Outlook Week 5

Thanks to an 8.0 point showing in Week 3 and a position-high 18.0 point outing this past Sunday, the Eagles (DEF11) are firmly on the fantasy radar. Over that span, they’ve collected a staggering 13 sacks, three turnovers and a defensive touchdown. However, finding similar success in Week 5 may be a tad difficult for the birds. Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked just five times this season, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Furthermore, opposing defenses have averaged just 3.33 fantasy points against the Steelers this season, with no unit topping 5.0 points.

The Cowboys (DEF9) defense, more specifically, their pass defense, is horrendous. Dallas has surrendered 12 passing touchdowns over the past three weeks and allow the most points per game in the NFL this year (36.5 ppg). So obviously they’re worth a look in your fantasy lineup…

As bad as the Cowboys defense has been, the Giants offense has been worse. New York averages the fewest total yards per game (278.0) and points per game (11.8) in the NFL this season. Quarterback Daniel Jones has now gone three consecutive games without throwing a touchdown, while failing to crack 190 passing yards in each of the past two weeks.

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Week 5 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

    1. [QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DEF | Ks]
    • Matchup: Great l Avg l Tough
  1. # Defenses TEAM Opp.

    1

    Rams LAR

    @ WAS

    2

    Ravens BAL

    vs. CIN

    3

    49ers SF

    vs. MIA

    4

    Cardinals ARI

    @ NYJ

    5

    Steelers PIT

    vs. PHI

    6

    Colts IND

    @ CLE

    7

    Patriots NE

    vs. DEN

    8

    Saints NO

    vs. LAC

    9

    Cowboys DAL

    vs. NYG

    10

    Buccaneers TB

    @ CHI

    11

    Eagles PHI

    @ PIT

    12

    Bears CHI

    vs. TB

    13

    Broncos DEN

    @ NE

    14

    Bills BUF

    @ TEN

    15

    Jets NYJ

    vs. ARI

    16

    Chiefs KC

    vs. LV

    17

    Texans HOU

    vs. JAC

    18

    Seahawks SEA

    vs. MIN

    19

    Dolphins MIA

    @ SF

    20

    Chargers LAC

    @ NO

    21

    Jaguars JAC

    @ HOU

    22

    Browns CLE

    vs. IND

    23

    Titans TEN

    vs. BUF

    24

    Falcons ATL

    vs. CAR

    25

    Washington WAS

    vs. LAR

    26

    Panthers CAR

    @ ATL

    27

    Giants NYG

    @ DAL

    28

    Bengals CIN

    @ BAL

    29

    Vikings MIN

    @ SEA

    30

    Raiders LV

    @ KC

  2. *Check out our Week 5 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems to further optimize your lineups
  3. Start-Sit [QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DEF | Ks]

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