Pin It Updated: September 5, Whether you spent a relatively high pick on the position or not week 1 defense streaming is an important thing to consider especially this season. If you did invest a high pick then some good teams start with tough matchups and you should perhaps consider a one week stream to get you started and avoid those bad matchups.
Below are RotoBaller's Week 1 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target at the end of your drafts for Week 1 of the NFL and fantasy football season.
Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker, so we have broken out our defense rankings into tiers with analysis on each matchup. Some of these Week 1 defenses have good matchups and are not widely owned, representing fantasy scoring opportunities if they are available on your league's waiver wire for a Week 1 pickup or add.
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Minnesota Vikings vs. SF The Jaguars were the top fantasy DST by a good margin last year, scoring eight defensive touchdowns and sitting at or near the top of almost every DST scoring category, including sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, and points allowed.
They lost pretty much nobody in the offseason, so there is zero reason for a downturn of any kind here. A matchup against Eli Manning and the Giants just further solidifies their number one ranking for the week. The Bills have no offensive line to speak of or receiving corps, really and still haven't announced a starting QB for Week even when they do, it's one of A.
You can feel safe streaming against them most weeks, the fact that it's the perpetually talented Ravens makes this a slam-dunk.
The Vikings are up here based purely on roster talent, and the matchup is more of a mystery. Jimmy Garoppolo was brilliant once he was handed the reins in San Francisco, but I still don't know what to think of their offense. I'm gambling on what I know with this one, and that's the fact that Minnesota's defense is really, really good at every level.
New Orleans Saints vs. Cincinnati Bengals IND 6. Tennessee Titans MIA 8.
Detroit Lions vs. NYJ 9.
Carolina Panthers vs. DAL The Saints crushed their draft on the defensive side in , and that led to a vastly-improved unit over the porous defenses of years past. They've got bona fide star power at all levels with Marshon Lattimore, Cameron Jordan, Marcus Williams and Sheldon Rankins, and they added some solid pieces in free agency that should lead to even more success in looking at you, Demario Davis.
A very solid option against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the shaky Bucs offense in Week 1. The Lions DST finally took a big step forward last year after a half-decade of futility, and they've still got enough pieces in place to find their way into Tier 3 or higher most weeks.