Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings: Defenses

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2009

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 10:  A Pittsburgh Steelers fan holds up a sign for Troy Polamalu #43 before the start of the NFL season opener against the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field on September 10, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Week 5 proved to be an average week for defenses. Some units did well, but none were good enough to lead all players in scoring like we have seen in previous weeks. While many talented defenses who were chosen highly in drafts will once again have some favorable match-ups, there are still a few defenses out there that you may want to look to grab this week if you are in need of a spot start. With Week 6 right around the corner, you have come to the right place to see what defense should shine for your fantasy team as the Bruno Boys present the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Defense Rankings.


5-Stars (* * * * *) - Bruno Boys Top Plays of the Week

4-Stars (* * * *) – Bruno Boys Very Solid Plays of the Week

3-Stars (* * *) – Bruno Boys Average Plays of the Week

2-Stars (* *) – Bruno Boys Try to Avoid Playing this Week

1-Star (*) – Bruno Boys Do Not Start Unless You COMPLETELY Have To

Key Abbreviations: YPG (Yards Per Game); PPG (Points Per Game)

1. (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Oakland Raiders

One of the best defenses in the NFL will square off against THE absolute worst offense. The Raiders have gained the least amount of yards on offense, averaging 191.6, and the second least amount of points, averaging 9.8. The Eagles meanwhile have held teams to 272.3 yards per game and have 13 sacks and 12 turnovers in 4 games. This has Eagles domination written all over it. 
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * * *

2. (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cleveland Browns

Another top defense will take on a lousy offense when these divisional foes battle it out on Sunday. The Steelers have allowed 290.8 yards and 19.6 per game while adding 15 sacks this season. Pittsburgh may not be putting up top notch numbers like they did a year ago and only have 4 turnovers thus far, but with the Browns and their 248.4 yards and 11 points per game averages coming to town, the Steelers should come up with a big day.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * * *

3. (New York Jets) vs. Buffalo Bills

What happened to the Jets defense? The melt down they had on Monday Night Football showed this team is susceptible to giving up a lot of yards and a lot of points. Their best cure to playing so terrible comes this week, as New York will take on a Buffalo Bills offense who could only muster 3 points on one of the worst defenses in the NFL in Cleveland. On the season, the Jets have allowed 304.8 yards and 17.6 points per game. New York may be getting a lot of pressure, but they have the worst sacks total in the NFL with only 4 in 5 games. They also only have 8 turnovers in those 5 games. In order for the Jets defense to be top notch all season long, they will need to step up the sack and turnover numbers. For this week though, they should have no problem with Buffalo.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * * *

4. (New England Patriots) vs. Tennessee Titans    

The Patriots defense has done pretty well despite all the changes it has made to the unit. They are giving up 314.8 yards and 18.2 points per contest with 10 sacks and 7 turnovers. The above average numbers may not warrant this high of a ranking, but considering the mess the Titans have in Tennessee right now, you have to like the Patriots defense to put up an extremely good week. The Titans may have a change in quarterback and with New England having a good run defense and Tennessee’s defense not giving them good field position, New England’s defense could have a big day.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * *

5. (Washington Redskins) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Seems like were recommending this defense every week, but have you seen someone with so many good match ups to start the year? Washington’s defense has done their job, holding teams to 290.8 yards and 16.4 points per game, adding 10 sacks and 7 turnovers. With Kansas City struggling offensively, mainly in the running game, the Redskins can once again put up a solid performance.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * *

6. (Carolina Panthers) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A defense that we’ve stated has been owned in way too many leagues (and still is) can actually be usable this week. Carolina has been a middle of the pack type defense, giving up 321.3 yards per game and adding 9 sacks. What isn’t good is the 26 points per contest and the 5 total turnovers forced. With second year quarterback Josh Johnson starting at quarterback, though, the Bucs’ offense should continue its struggles, which means a good day for the Panthers this week.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * *

7. (Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit Lions

The Packers are another team who are middle of the pack in stats compared to the rest of the league, but get a higher ranking due to a good match up. The Packers will get a Lions team who may be without their young quarterback and stud receiver, which could means struggles for the Detroit offense. The Packers on the season have given up 335.3 yards and 23.3 points per game. The number of sacks may disappoint, only 5, but the 10 turnovers are solid. Look for both of those numbers to improve with their averages going down as well.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * * *

8. (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are a good offense, averaging 382.2 yards and 27.6 points per game, and sure, the Vikings have given up some yards on defense, allowing 320.6 per contest. The reason Minnesota gets the high ranking though is because of the pressure they put on opposing offenses. With 18 sacks and 12 turnovers, Minnesota’s defense continually makes you think quickly and tries taking you out of your game. Baltimore will need to max protect in order to give quarterback Joe Flacco a chance to throw down field, but that still may not be enough.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

9. (Denver Broncos) @ San Diego Chargers

Denver’s defense has been quite the surprise this season, as they are near the top in almost every statistical category on defense. They survived the test of one good offense with the Patriots, but can they have the same success against the Chargers? Denver has allowed 252.8 yards and a league low 8.6 points per game. The Broncos have 16 sacks and 11 turnovers so far on the year. San Diego may have some big plays with their explosive offense, but there is no way they will be able to dominate this talented defense. Denver is an average play with a ton of upside.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

10. (New York Giants) @ New Orleans Saints

Strength on strength, as the best defense in the NFL in the Giants (210.6 yards and 14.2 points per game) takes on one of the best offenses in the NFL in the Saints (414.3 yards and 36 points per game). While you may hesitate to start the Giants against such a high flying attack, you must remember the unit will still put up good defensive stats. On the season, the Giants have 14 sacks and 11 turnovers and will likely put up their average numbers this week. That should be enough to warrant a start for this defense.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

11. (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. St. Louis Rams

Last week we stated any defense playing the Rams is a good start. The Jaguars are ranked well above where they should be, but you are taking a chance playing them this week. Jacksonville has given up the 3rd most yards in the NFL at 380.6 per game and the 9th most points at 25.4 per contest. Their sack totals are the lowest in the NFL at 4, but they do have 9 turnovers. While the Rams have been putrid on offense, and the Jaguars defense could put up a great game, don’t rush out to grab the unit unless the 10 defenses above are already gone.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

12. (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Houston Texans

The Bengals defense has done surprisingly well, holding good offenses down to minimal gains on offense. Cincinnati has given up 327.6 yards and 18 points per game, though, only adding 6 turnovers. The good thing for the defense is all the sacks they are able to produce, as they have 14 on the season. While Houston has done a good job offensively, they may struggle to get their dangerous passing game going if their offensive line doesn’t give quarterback Matt Schaub time to throw the football.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

13. (Baltimore Ravens) @ Minnesota Vikings

The Ravens are another defense you may struggle to keep in the lineup since they will be facing a strong offense in Minnesota. Something you may not realize is the Vikings are only 19th in the NFL in yards gained at 332.6 per game. While they may have 31.2 points per contest, some of those points could be due to their strong defensive play. Baltimore has done a nice job this season, giving up 314 yards and 19.4 points per game with 11 sacks and 9 defenses. No need to go searching for another defense because Baltimore should continue to be a consistent defense for you.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

14. (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Giants

Outside of the Denver Broncos, this may be the one defense no one expected to do so well. The Saints have allowed 295.3 yards and 16.5 points per game with 10 sacks and have forced a whopping 13 turnovers, 10 of those being interceptions. They’re a ball hawking defense and with the offense they have, they can be aggressive, which is fantastic from a fantasy standpoint. Even against a top NFL offense in the Giants, you can at least expect an average play from New Orleans defense. Besides, looking at the other units below, you will see the Saints are the best option.
Bruno Boys Stars: * * *

15. (Chicago Bears) @ Atlanta Falcons

Chicago has been surprisingly strong without linebacker Brian Urlacher, allowing 319.5 yards and 19.5 points per game. The good stat for them is the 14 sacks, which ties for the 4th most in the NFL. Good numbers for this unit, but coming off the bye, they will take on an Atlanta Falcons offense who has seemingly found their rhythm offensively. With such a tough opponent, you may want to sit the Bears defense for this week.
Bruno Boys Stars: * *

16. (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona Cardinals

Seattle’s defense has been up and down this season, with every part of the Seattle team playing better when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is in the starting lineup. Their shutout against Jacksonville is good but not something to write home about, as the Jaguars can struggle at times offensively. On the season, Seattle has done well, giving up 314.8 yards and 16.4 points per game. The unit has 14 sacks and 6 turnovers on the year and could continue to put up solid numbers against their divisional foe. Even with Arizona’s struggles on offense to start the year, they are a dangerous group who can get going at anytime. Let the Seahawks defense sit this week and see how they do against an explosive offense.
Bruno Boys Stars: * *