To cut or not to cut? That is the question – when six teams go on byes and you have to fill a DST spot on your roster. You’ll look at these Week 4 Defense rankings and you’ll work to get one of the best available options in your Fantasy Football league.
But it’s just not that easy, is it?
In leagues that have just four, five or even six bench spots, holding over a defense/special teams that’s on a bye week is just painful. That means you aren’t holding a roster spot for an up-and-coming prospect or a sleeper you’ve been waiting to develop. You might even be holding on to your star running back’s handcuff, or an injured player you know will get snatched up if you drop him.
Defenses: When Bye Weeks Attack
A lot of owners carry two fantasy defenses, streaming the better matchup each week. But to me, unless you have a deep bench, that’s just a waste of a valuable roster spot.
The six teams on byes this week are Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle and St. Louis. Despite the fact that some of these teams rank among the top 12 in Fantasy right now, I’d still cut all of them except the Seahawks – if I had quality backups at other positions. After this week, you can cut the backup you picked up, and likely have a great chance at picking back up the original defense/specials teams that you dropped.
Top 5 Matchups for Defenses According to Vegas
Here are the top five defenses according to the over/under line and the point spread on VegasInsider.com.
No. 1 – Chargers vs. Jacksonville – 44.5 o/u, -13.5 pts
No. 2 – Dolphins at Oakland – 40.5 o/u, -4.5 pts
No. 3 – Ravens vs. Carolina – 40.5 o/u, -3 pts
No. 4 – Texans vs. Buffalo – 41 o/u, -3 pts
No. 5 – Colts vs. Tennessee – 45.5 o/u, -7.5 pts
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Week 4 Defense Rankings
These rankings are based on standard Fantasy leagues that award points to defense/special teams for sacks, interceptions, fumbles recovered, yards allowed and points allowed.
Let us know if there’s Defense/Special teams unit you like/hate that we have ranked too high or too low in our Week 4 Defense Rankings!
David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.