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D/ST rankings for Week 9 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best D/STs going in Week 9 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with the defense after stopping the Baltimore Ravens on fourth down late in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

Covid-19 update

The Packers and 49ers are playing in spite of multiple Covid-19 issues on both sides. The Texans and Colts both have had positive tests, but remain on track to play this weekend. The big news is for Lions-Vikings where Matthew Stafford is on the Covid-19 IR list as a high risk close contact. He can be cleared by Sunday, but needs to have no negative tests all week.

Week 8 was good for D/STs who played against Ben DiNucci, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson. You know that Carson Wentz is having trouble when he helps the Cowboys to the fourth-most D/ST points for the week.

Week 9 byes: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

These D/ST’s on bye are mostly streaming options at this point.

Streaming options

Washington Football Team

Daniel Jones continues to show flashes of offense, but he’s also a turnover machine that has consistently been a good target for D/STs. Washington and Chase Young haven’t lived up to their potential in the pass rush, but a week off and a great matchup should help.

Houston Texans

The Jaguars are still in tank mode and they will evaluate rookie Jake Luton this week, which should mean turnover opportunities for the Texans. And with a week off to prepare, I’d expect DeShaun Watson and company to be able to put up points and push Luton into pass first mode.

D/ST rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Opp
Rk Name Opp
1 Washington Football Team @ NYG
2 Dallas Cowboys @ PHI
3 Buffalo Bills vs NYJ
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs CAR
5 New England Patriots @ MIA
6 Indianapolis Colts @ JAC
7 Kansas City Chiefs @ DEN
8 Tennessee Titans @ HOU
9 Cincinnati Bengals @ CLE
10 Los Angeles Rams vs SF
11 New Orleans Saints @ ATL
12 Minnesota Vikings vs CHI
13 Pittsburgh Steelers @ BAL
14 Arizona Cardinals vs SEA
15 Green Bay Packers @ DET
16 Detroit Lions vs GB
17 Los Angeles Chargers @ LV
18 Philadelphia Eagles vs DAL
19 San Francisco 49ers @ LAR
20 New York Giants vs WAS
21 Baltimore Ravens vs PIT
22 Las Vegas Raiders vs LAC
23 Cleveland Browns vs CIN
24 Chicago Bears @ MIN
25 Miami Dolphins vs NE
26 Carolina Panthers @ TB
27 Seattle Seahawks @ ARI
28 Houston Texans vs TEN
29 Atlanta Falcons vs NO
30 Denver Broncos vs KC
31 Jacksonville Jaguars vs IND
32 New York Jets @ BUF