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Top 20 D/ST rankings for Week 6 fantasy football

With a few notable units on bye, you may need to scoop up a new defense to stream. Here are the top 20 D/ST for Week 6.

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard celebrates a third down stop during the first half against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

To start things off, please note that the following D/ST are on a bye week: Bears, Colts, Bills and Raiders.

OK, now with that out of the way, let’s get into some analysis, shall we? And what better way to kick things off than with the marquee matchup of Week 6: Washington at Miami!

Washington started off the week by firing head coach Jay Gruden way too early in the morning. You could say it was a ... GRUDE awakening. Alright, I’ll see myself out. Bill Callahan was named interim coach and has already stated that Dwayne Haskins won’t get a crack at starting Sunday vs. the Dolphins. So it’s either Case Keenum, who is nursing a foot injury and had a 7.2 QBR the last time he played in Week 4 vs. the Giants. Or we get some more Colt McCoy, who had 4.4 yards per pass last week against the Patriots.

I know it’s the Dolphins, and they’re in full-blown tank mode, but part of me thinks Miami coming off a bye week at home vs. a Washington team in arguably more turmoil is a decent value spot. Coaching and QB concerns aside, it’s not like Washington has any threatening offensive studs. And to be fair, Miami has had a pretty rough draw out the gate: Ravens, Patriots, Cowboys, Chargers. Those are all potential playoff teams/Super Bowl contenders. Maybe the Dolphins won’t play half bad against their competition for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Also worth noting is the Panthers and Buccaneers being off the main slate with a 9:30 a.m. ET lock time playing in London. We saw how good Carolina’s D/ST unit can be last week despite surrendering a decent amount of points. Nothing against my dude Gardner Minshew II, but when the Panthers face a below-average QB, they’re usually successful. Insert Jameis Winston across the pond and I think we’ve got another strong week for Carolina D/ST, which forced three fumbles — one returned for a TD — against Jacksonville. Again, don’t get caught up in the Bucs’ offensive potential. As long as there are turnovers, there’s a chance at defensive TDs.

After watching the 49ers demolish the Browns at home in MNF, I can safely say their defense is legit. Sure, the Rams’ offensive line isn’t the Browns, but Jared Goff has been very suspect this season, throwing seven INTs while taking eight sacks. Let me repeat it again, FORGET THE SCOREBOARD. I don’t care if Los Angeles has Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Cooper Manning, Chris Cooper (that’s an actor). San Fran’s offense should force the Rams into throwing a lot. More dropbacks = more throws = more of a chance for an INT. More dropbacks = more throws = more chances for a sack. It’s simple math, really.

And lastly, if you’re feeling particularly crazy, the Jets have a sliver of appeal at home vs. the Cowboys. Dak Prescott threw three picks last week vs. the Packers, four straight games in at least one INT. Sam Darnold’s return should take some pressure off the defense and New York has some talent on the defensive side of the ball, it just needs to get healthy. Proceed with caution though.

If you have any additional questions about which D/ST to roll with in season-long, feel free to reach out to me via Twitter @SlateBreakerDFS. Good luck this week!

Defense/Special Teams rankings, Week 6

Ranking Team Opponent
Ranking Team Opponent
1 New England Patriots vs. New York Giants
2 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
3 Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4 New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars
5 Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans
6 Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos
7 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
8 Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
9 Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
10 San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
11 Miami Dolphins vs. Washington
12 Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
13 Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
14 Washington at Miami Dolphins
15 Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
16 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
17 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New Orleans Saints
18 Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
19 New York Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys
20 Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers

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