Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 2: Broncos, Patriots top defenses heading into Sunday

How do our 2021 fantasy football defense rankings shape up after Week 1, and what are some potential streaming options heading into Week 2?

The second week of the 2021 NFL season kicked off with an exhilarating matchup on Thursday night between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. Now, we have 2021 fantasy football defense rankings to help you in Week 2. While these rankings may not feature any earth-shattering surprises, I’ve included fantasy defenses you could stream this week. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Fantasy football defense rankings for Week 2 | 1-10

1. Denver Broncos @ JAX
2. New England Patriots @ NYJ
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
4. Los Angeles Rams @ IND
5. Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
6. Green Bay Packers vs. DET
7. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
8. New Orleans Saints @ CAR
9. San Francisco 49ers @ PHI
10. Buffalo Bills @ MIA

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Fantasy football defense rankings for Week 2 | 11-20

11. Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
12. Chicago Bears vs. CIN
13. Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
14. Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
15. Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
16. Carolina Panthers vs. NO
17. Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
18. Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL
19. Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
20. Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR

Defense rankings for Week 2 | 21-30

21. New York Jets vs. NE
22. Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
23. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
24. Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
25. Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
26. Houston Texans @ CLE
27. Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT
28. Tennessee Titans @ SEA
29. Atlanta Falcons @ TB
30. Detroit Lions @ GB

Fantasy defense streamers

Here are two streamers to keep on your radar early in the week as you begin to get ready for Week 2.

Arizona Cardinals

Numerous penalties hurt the Vikings’ offense in Week 1. Moreover, Minnesota’s offense was also very predictable. According to Pro Football Reference, the Vikings had 14 rushing attempts on first down, averaging only 1.4 yards per attempt. Minnesota is likely to try to get wide receiver Justin Jefferson even more involved in the offensive game plan in Week 2.

The biggest thing the Cardinals can exploit this week is the Vikings’ offensive line. Quality OL play is the foundation of any successful NFL offense — but Minnesota’s OL struggled against the Bengals’ pass rush in Week 1.

Now, the Vikings have to deal with Chandler Jones and J.J. Watt on the road in what many project to be a high-scoring game. The Cardinals should pressure Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins early and often.

Seattle Seahawks

The Titans’ offense struggled last week, only scoring 13 points against the Cardinals. Tennessee’s offensive line also allowed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to get sacked 5 times. The veteran was under pressure on 30.2% of his dropbacks, according to Pro Football Reference.

Arizona’s defensive front imposed its will on Tennessee’s OL. Continuity is difficult to quantify in fantasy football, but it’s essential at the offensive line position. Due to numerous circumstances, the Titans’ front five didn’t have much time to work together as a unit during training camp.

Tennessee’s OL had unmistakable strengths and weaknesses show up on film last season. The Titans’ unit is more proficient at run blocking than pass protection.

The evidence is even more glaring when you look at their performance in Week 1. The Seahawks’ defense is well aware of the Titans’ capabilities and will try to force Tennessee into passing situations in order to create pressure. If the top-tier options in your fantasy league are taken, don’t overlook Seattle as a viable streamer.

Eric Moody is a Senior Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association). He is also the co-host of the In The Mood for Fantasy Football podcast. You can read more of his work here and follow Eric on Twitter @EricNMoody.

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