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Ravens Defense - Fantasy Football DST Rankings, Draft Sleepers, IDP Targets

We've discussed Shaquille Leonard a lot in this space, but with good reason. IDP has always struggled to find transcendent talents you can rely on every week, but Leonard was just that for three seasons. He was our no-doubt top overall defender for three straight offseasons as a result, with few players having the potential to lead the NFL in both tackles and turnovers. Unfortunately, those days appear to be behind us. After Leonard had his second back surgery in six months, there are questions about where and if he may ever play again.

First among our concerns must be Leonard's health and longevity. The odds of retirement are low right now, as Leonard himself denied considering retirement two years ago despite rumors he had. However, back injuries are serious, and they tend to recur as individuals age. If Leonard did consider giving it up before, he’ll surely do so again after multiple back surgeries and head injuries. Of course, even if Leonard returns, we have no idea how effective he will be, or where he will be.

Diving into this year’s film, it is readily apparent that both Zaire Franklin and Bobby Okereke looked faster and more effective than Leonard. Indianapolis clearly preferred them both to this year’s Leonard, too. After auditioning Franklin and Okereke for the rest of this season, the Colts could save $4.2 million in cap space by designating Leonard as a post-June 1st cut and move on. The likelihood that Leonard could either share time in Indy or move to a new team next year renders him droppable in many dynasty formats.

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Top Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 T.J. Watt (Q) Steelers Bengals
2 Micah Parsons Cowboys Vikings
3 Nick Bosa 49ers Cardinals
4 Matthew Judon Patriots Jets
5 Myles Garrett Browns Bills
6 Aaron Donald Rams Saints
7 Brian Burns Panthers Ravens
8 Za’Darius Smith Vikings Cowboys
9 Maxx Crosby Raiders Broncos
10 Khalil Mack Chargers Chiefs
11 Danielle Hunter Vikings Cowboys
12 Alex Highsmith Steelers Bengals
13 Aidan Hutchinson Lions Giants
14 Javon Hargrave Eagles Colts
15 Cameron Heyward Steelers Bengals
16 Cameron Jordan (Q) Saints Rams
17 Montez Sweat Commanders Texans
18 Demarcus Lawrence Cowboys Vikings
19 Trey Hendrickson Bengals Steelers
20 Kwity Paye Colts Eagles
21 Deatrich Wise Jr. Patriots Jets
22 Von Miller Bills Browns
23 Gregory Rousseau (Q) Bills Browns
24 Jerry Hughes Texans Commanders
25 Haason Reddick Eagles Colts
26 Sam Hubbard Bengals Steelers
27 Denico Autry Titans Packers
28 Dre’Mont Jones Broncos Raiders
29 Preston Smith (Q) Packers Titans
30 Quinnen Williams Jets Patriots
31 Jeffery Simmons Titans Packers
32 Derrick Brown (Q) Panthers Ravens
33 Baron Browning (Q) Broncos Raiders
34 Chase Young (Q) Commanders Texans
35 Rashad Weaver (Q) Titans Packers
36 Deforest Buckner Colts Eagles
37 Daron Payne Commanders Texans
38 Jonathan Allen Commanders Texans
39 Grady Jarrett Falcons Bears
40 Josh Sweat Eagles Colts
41 Yannick Ngakoue Colts Eagles
42 Samson Ebukam 49ers Cardinals
43 Arnold Ebiketie Falcons Bears
44 Zach Allen Cardinals 49ers
45 Chris Jones Chiefs Chargers
46 Josh Uche Patriots Jets
47 Osa Odighizuwa Cowboys Vikings
48 Leonard Floyd Rams Saints
49 Carl Lawson Jets Patriots
50 Marcus Davenport (Q) Saints Rams


DL Gamble(s) of the Week: Arnold Ebiketie, Atlanta Falcons

The Bears’ offensive line has improved its sack rate since Justin Fields went on his tear, but they are still surrendering 3.25 sacks per game during his hot streak. Worse, their line remains the worst in the NFL in Adjusted Sack Rate and sacks allowed. Things are getting better, but rookie tackle Braxton Jones has surrendered 29 pressures this season and has allowed three per game the past three weeks.

Ebiketie is playing over half of Atlanta’s snaps now, and he has shown flashes of what earned him a low first-round grade from us in this past NFL Draft. He’s also available in nearly every IDP league. He’s worth a flyer in deep formats, though his floor is low.


DL Fold(s) of the Week: Dorance Armstrong, Dallas Cowboys

Armstrong is in a slump of late, totaling just four tackles and a recovered fumble across his past three games. His playing time is still consistent, hovering around 50%, but his production is down. Now he gets a Vikings team that’s allowed only four total sacks and 2.7 quarterback pressures per game off the edge. Armstrong plays on the edge 89.6% of the time, putting him right up against Minnesota’s strength. The floor is low for Dallas’ #3 edge this week.


Top Fantasy Linebackers of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 C.J. Mosley Jets Patriots
2 T.J. Edwards Eagles Colts
3 Zaire Franklin Colts Eagles
4 De’Vondre Campbell (Q) Packers Titans
5 Rashaan Evans Falcons Bears
6 Bobby Wagner Rams Saints
7 Roquan Smith Ravens Panthers
8 Frankie Luvu Panthers Ravens
9 Bobby Okereke Colts Eagles
10 Cole Holcomb (Q) Commanders Texans
11 Mykal Walker Falcons Bears
12 Jordan Hicks Vikings Cowboys
13 Josey Jewell Broncos Raiders
14 Drue Tranquill Chargers Chiefs
15 Logan Wilson Bengals Steelers
16 Nicholas Morrow Bears Falcons
17 Eric Kendricks Vikings Cowboys
18 Demario Davis Saints Rams
19 Zaven Collins Cardinals 49ers
20 T.J. Watt Steelers Bengals
21 Myles Jack Steelers Bengals
22 Micah Parsons Cowboys Vikings
23 Nick Bolton Chiefs Chargers
24 Shaq Thompson Panthers Ravens
25 David Long Jr. Titans Packers
26 Isaiah Simmons Cardinals 49ers
27 Pete Werner (Q) Saints Rams
28 Christian Kirksey Texans Commanders
29 Fred Warner 49ers Cardinals
30 Malcolm Rodriguez (Q) Lions Giants
31 Denzel Perryman (Q) Raiders Broncos
32 Quincy Williams Jets Patriots
33 Dre Greenlaw 49ers Cardinals
34 Quay Walker Packers Titans
35 Jack Sanborn Bears Falcons
36 Tremaine Edmunds Bills Browns
37 Matt Milano Bills Browns
38 Deion Jones Browns Bills
39 Isaiah McDuffie Packers Titans
40 Kyzir White Chargers Chiefs
41 Sione Takitaki Browns Bills
42 Willie Gay Jr. Chiefs Chargers
43 Matthew Judon Patriots Jets
44 Ernest Jones Rams Saints
45 Christian Harris Texans Commanders
46 Alex Highsmith Steelers Bengals
47 Alex Anzalone Lions Giants
48 Patrick Queen Ravens Panthers
49 Leighton Vander Esch Cowboys Vikings
50 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Q) Browns Bills


LB Gamble(s) of the Week: Quay Walker, Green Bay Packers

De'Vondre Campbell may miss another week, given he was out Sunday and has a quick turnaround for Thursday. If he does, the fantasy stock of Walker and Isaiah McDuffie inflates. While it was McDuffie who exploded in Campbell's absence last week, we are betting on Walker's talent in this scenario. With the Titans on tap, Walker could be an LB1 if Campbell misses again. If Campbell plays, Walker is a high-upside LB3. Either way, he’s worth rostering this week.


LB Fold(s) of the Week: Pete Werner, New Orleans Saints

Werner's health is in question this week, and he has an awful matchup if he does play. The Rams' offense possesses the third-lowest rushing rate in the NFL, and they dipped below their season average with John Wolford under center. They also ran the seventh fewest plays in the NFL with Wolford, who could start again if Stafford remains in concussion protocol as he was at the time of this writing.

Whoever is under center, the Rams’ play calling features Demario Davis' strengths better than Werner's. While Cooper Kupp's absence could force Los Angeles to run more, their lack of running game has had more to do with inability than refusal so far this year. Simply put, the Rams cannot run behind their poor offensive line, regardless of who is at RB or QB. That’s why we are fading Werner but leaving Davis in the LB2 conversation.


Top Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Derwin James Chargers Chiefs
2 Jordan Poyer (Q) Bills Browns
3 Jonathan Owens Texans Commanders
4 Harrison Smith Vikings Cowboys
5 Talanoa Hufanga 49ers Cardinals
6 Minkah Fitzpatrick (Q) Steelers Bengals
7 Donovan Wilson Cowboys Vikings
8 Trevon Diggs Cowboys Vikings
9 Jalen Thompson Cardinals 49ers
10 L’Jarius Sneed Chiefs Chargers
11 Grant Delpit Browns Bills
12 Julian Love Giants Lions
13 Richie Grant Falcons Bears
14 Jeremy Chinn (Q) Panthers Ravens
15 Eddie Jackson Bears Falcons
16 Kevin Byard Titans Packers
17 Jaquan Brisker Bears Falcons
18 Adrian Amos Packers Titans
19 Jalen Pitre Texans Commanders
20 Jaylinn Hawkins Falcons Bears
21 Patrick Surtain II Broncos Raiders
22 DeShon Elliott (Q) Lions Giants
23 Kerby Joseph Lions Giants
24 Marlon Humphrey Ravens Panthers
25 Jayron Kearse Cowboys Vikings
26 Charvarius Ward 49ers Cardinals
27 Marcus Maye (Q) Saints Rams
28 Jalen Ramsey Rams Saints
29 Justin Simmons (Q) Broncos Raiders
30 Vonn Bell Bengals Steelers
31 Nick Scott Rams Saints
32 Kyle Dugger Patriots Jets
33 Kamren Curl Commanders Texans
34 Jordan Whitehead Jets Patriots
35 Damar Hamlin Bills Browns
36 Kenny Moore II Colts Eagles
37 A.J. Terrell (Q) Falcons Bears
38 James Bradberry Eagles Colts
39 Roger McCreary Titans Packers
40 Jeff Okudah Lions Giants
41 Patrick Peterson Vikings Cowboys
42 Xavier Woods Panthers Ravens
43 Jessie Bates III Bengals Steelers
44 Marcus Epps Eagles Colts
45 Chuck Clark Ravens Panthers
46 Geno Stone Ravens Panthers
47 Marshon Lattimore (Q) Saints Rams
48 Jaire Alexander Packers Titans
49 C.J. Gardner-Johnson Eagles Colts
50 Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner Jets Patriots


DB Gamble(s) of the Week: Trevon Diggs as a #1 DB

Diggs as a DB1 may be commonplace in some leagues, especially Premium scoring formats and leagues that start a CB. However, Diggs is usually too inconsistent to trust as a DB1 in your shallower leagues. Rather, he's typically a DB2 or DB3 with upside in those formats, given his inconsistent floor. Dallas’ matchup with Justin Jefferson considerably raises Diggs’ floor and ceiling this week, though. Shadowing Jefferson is enough to consider Diggs as your DB1 in all leagues.


DB Fold(s) of the Week: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, New York Jets

We love us some Sauce, but his matchup is less than ideal this week. As we've said in past columns, the Patriots offer one of the lowest-volume passing attacks in the NFL. They also don't have a clear receiver to shadow. The Pats and Giants are two of the worst fantasy matchups for corners every week. This week, that burden falls on Sauce. We are fading him out of our DB3 tier this week.

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