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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Defense Rankings

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Moving into the quarter-mark of the NFL season, we're starting to get a good idea of the league's power structure and the best defensive units in the NFL. 

With a slightly bigger small sample than a week ago, let's dive into the top 20 fantasy defenses and special teams units to play in your leagues in Week 4.

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1. Baltimore Ravens (vs. Washington)

Dwayne Haskins has struggled and is coming off the worst game of his career. The Ravens are also coming off a frustrating loss to the Chiefs, so all indications point to a big day for this unit against Washington.

2. Denver Broncos (vs. Jets)

We're starting to get a sense of the worst offenses in the league, which typically begin to become a target for fantasy owners when picking their defense for the week. The Jets certainly appear to be one of them, at least as long as Adam Gase remains at the helm.

3. Los Angeles Rams (vs. Giants)

The Giants look like one of the worst teams in the league and their quarterback is turnover prone. The Rams aren't the most intimidating defense but they're definitely in for a good day in Week 4.

4. San Francisco 49ers (vs. Eagles)

Injuries persist with the Eagles' offense and Doug Pederson hasn't been very creative in giving his quarterback much help, so until Philly either gets healthy or figures something out, they're going to be an underwhelming offensive attack.


5. Indianapolis Colts (vs. Bears)

The Colts have been a productive unit so far this season and even though Mitch Trubisky is no longer the starter, the Bears will have to prove to be a formidable offense before fantasy owners need to worry about playing their defenses against them.

6. Buffalo Bills (vs. Raiders)

Giving up a 28-3 lead isn't the best sign, but the Bills have an established reputation as a steady defense. A bounce-back against the Raiders is more likely than a repeat of Week 3.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Titans)*

Most of the Steelers' success in this matchup will be stopping the run and forcing Ryan Tannehill to beat their extremely talented secondary. 

8. Chicago Bears (vs. Colts)

Phillip Rivers has a tendency to force throws when they aren't there, so starting a Bears defense with a good pass rush and opportunistic secondary feels like a good idea here. 

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Chargers)

The Chargers are asking quite a bit from their rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, so it's safe to wonder when he's going to have one of those "Welcome to the NFL" type of performances. 

10. Seattle Seahawks (vs. Dolphins)

The Dolphins offense had a big week against the Jaguars on Thursday night and have more time to prepare for Seattle, so there's a downside to playing the Seahawks here. But if you're comfortable banking on Ryan Fitzpatrick's inconsistency, then this is a pretty easy choice. 

11. Arizona Cardinals (vs. Panthers)

12. Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Buccaneers)

13. New Orleans Saints (vs. Lions)

14. Tennessee Titans (vs. Steelers)*

15. Philadelphia Eagles (vs. 49ers)

16. New York Jets (vs. Broncos)

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Bengals)

18. Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Patriots)

19. Dallas Cowboys (vs. Browns)

20. Green Bay Packers (vs. Falcons)

*Subject to change based on the status of Steelers vs. Titans. If the game is canceled then you should probably sit those two defenses.