D/ST Rankings and Streamers Week 7: Trust the Patriots in a divisional bout

With a slew of teams on bye, let's break down the D/ST streaming options available in Week 7 and overall team defense rankings.

Here are our fantasy football D/ST rankings for Week 7. If you’re fortunate enough to roster one of these top defenses, congratulations. If you aren’t, read on for some streaming options that could help you anchor a Week 7 win.

Fantasy D/ST Rankings | Week 7

Teams on a bye in Week 7: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers

1. Los Angeles Rams vs. DET
2. Arizona Cardinals vs. HOU
3. New England Patriots vs. NYJ
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. CHI
5. Green Bay Packers vs. WAS
6. Denver Broncos @ CLE
7. Carolina Panthers @ NYG
8. Cleveland Browns vs. DEN
9. Seattle Seahawks vs. NO
10. Baltimore Ravens vs. CIN

11. New Orleans Saints @ SEA
12. Indianapolis Colts @ SF
13. San Francisco 49ers vs. IND
14. Miami Dolphins vs. ATL
15. Las Vegas Raiders vs. PHI
16. New York Giants vs. CAR
17. Kansas City Chiefs @ TEN
18. Chicago Bears @ TB
19. Philadelphia Eagles @ LV
20. Atlanta Falcons @ MIA

21. Cincinnati Bengals @ BAL
22. Washington Football Team @ GB
23. New York Jets @ NE
24. Tennessee Titans vs. KC
25. Detroit Lions @ LAR
26. Houston Texans @ ARI

Defense wins championships, or at least that’s what the mantra used to be. In fantasy land, this year’s top defense is the Buffalo Bills, who have wildly outperformed expectations and are on a major heater. You’re playing them against anyone.

D/ST Streamers | Week 7

If you don’t happen to roster the Bills, then you’re likely going the way of streaming — and there’s nothing wrong with that. A few streaming options are available this week with high upside, so let’s break down a few of those matchups for your consideration before you place your waiver claims.

Carolina Panthers (@ New York Giants)

If you like the idea of an athletic, opportunistic defense against a quarterback that enjoys turning the ball over more than throwing touchdowns, then this is the matchup for you.

Also, I’m dead serious about that. Daniel Jones has fumbled 5 times this year, losing 2 of them, and has thrown 4 interceptions. By my math, that’s 6 turnovers. He’s thrown 4 touchdown passes. That is un-good.

Jones has had ball security issues throughout his young career, and he’s not getting better. He’s thrown 26 interceptions and lost 19 fumbles (45 turnovers) compared to 39 passing TDs in 33 career games, and his completion percentage has been between 61.9 and 62.5% since his rookie season. At this point, we know what Jones is — a remarkably turnover-prone quarterback with limited passing upside, which is beyond friendly to opposing defenses.

Take into consideration the rash of injuries to the Giants’ offense (Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay), and the Panthers are primed for a big game.

Denver Broncos (@ Cleveland Browns)

Speaking of offenses dealing with a lot of injuries, the Browns team that takes the field this coming Thursday night will be practically unrecognizable. Baker Mayfield is reportedly planning to play through his left shoulder labral tear, and it looks as though both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt will be missing.

For an offense that has an identity of “we’ll run at you and over you,” not having their running backs and having an injured quarterback is a problem. The Broncos’ defense didn’t show up in Week 6, but given the emotion with which the Raiders were playing, they would have beat anybody that lined up across from them.

The Broncos allow the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. Without Chubb and Hunt, Baker will have to shoulder (see what I did there?) even more of the load, and Denver’s pass rush will be pinning their ears back to get after him.

Indianapolis Colts (@ San Francisco 49ers)

Over the last two weeks, Indy’s defense has been the fifth-best in fantasy, buoyed by a drubbing of the Houston Texans on Sunday. That aside, the Colts have generated multiple sacks and multiple turnovers in four out of six games.

In Week 7, they get a 49ers offense that appears to have Jimmy Garoppolo back under center. Garoppolo took 6 sacks in the first four games, and he threw 2 interceptions. With superstar TE George Kittle on IR, the 49ers will look to get back on track following their bye week. Nonetheless, the Colts’ defense will make things tough on them, anchored by Darius Leonard and DeForest Buckner.

Remember, there are six teams on bye this week, so the waiver pickings might be slim. The Colts and their ability to generate pressure could make for a nice day for Indy’s defense.

Jon Helmkamp is a fantasy football and NFL contributor for Pro Football Network. You can find him on Twitter: @JonHelmkamp and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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