Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

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Check out our Week 6 Defense/Special Team rankings before setting your rosters this week.

The Chicago Bears have been on one heckuva roll the last few weeks providing fantasy owners with quarterback-like scoring. In many fantasy leagues, they have already scored around 100 fantasy points on the heels of five defensive touchdowns, a league leading 13 interceptions and 18 sacks (2nd in the NFL). They have outscored two of the top defensive teams in the NFL to date, the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans, by 40-50 points. In my fantasy league, they have outscored all but eight players thus far, including Tom Brady, Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster. I don't see this lasting all season, but they have been impressive nonetheless.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 5:

Player

Int

STY

SACK

DFR

DTD

PA

FPTS

Bears DST CHI

13

0

18

4

5

71

101

Jets DST NYJ

5

0

5

2

4

132

47

Redskins DST WAS

6

0

8

4

3

147

49

Titans DST TEN

3

0

7

1

3

181

36

Panthers DST CAR

5

1

14

1

2

125

45

Ravens DST BAL

6

0

9

6

2

89

54

Texans DST HOU

7

0

16

4

2

73

62

Vikings DST MIN

2

0

14

5

2

79

49

Cardinals DST ARI

5

0

17

6

1

78

53

Broncos DST DEN

2

1

14

2

1

114

41

Saints DST NO

3

0

11

5

1

154

34

Colts DST IND

2

0

12

1

1

110

25

Seahawks DST SEA

3

0

16

4

1

70

44

Browns DST CLE

7

0

13

3

1

139

40

Bengals DST CIN

1

0

19

5

1

129

41

Patriots DST NE

6

0

8

8

1

113

43

Buccaneers DST TB

6

0

8

2

1

91

34

Packers DST GB

5

0

18

0

1

111

38

Chargers DST SD

6

0

10

4

1

102

40

Bills DST BUF

4

0

10

5

1

176

35

Rams DST STL

8

0

15

1

1

94

47

49ers DST SF

4

0

9

6

1

68

53

Dolphins DST MIA

7

0

15

1

1

103

38

Falcons DST ATL

9

0

13

5

0

93

48

Cowboys DST DAL

1

0

9

3

0

88

20

Steelers DST PIT

1

0

8

4

0

89

21

Jaguars DST JAC

3

0

3

2

0

138

13

Chiefs DST KC

3

1

12

1

0

145

28

Raiders DST OAK

0

0

3

3

0

125

9

Lions DST DET

0

0

9

3

0

114

15

Giants DST NYG

8

0

8

3

0

111

37

Eagles DST PHI

6

0

7

1

0

99

21

The Bears certainly won't score a defensive touchdown each week, but should continue to provide solid sack and turnover totals. The Arizona Cardinal defense continues to impress as they are tied for fourth in fantasy scoring among DSTs due to their 17 sacks and 11 forced turnovers.

A couple defenses that have disappointed thus far are the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, as they have scored just 20-21 points for fantasy owners through the first 5 weeks. The Eagles, tied for the NFL lead in sacks in 2011 with 50, have just seven sacks through five games this season; while the Giants have just eight sacks after getting to the quarterback 48 times last season.

Speaking of sacks, here are the sack leaders over the last three weeks that bare watching by fantasy owners:

Seattle, Cincinnati - 14

Miami, St.Louis - 14

Kansas CIty, Carolina - 11

For those of you who earn points for least points allowed, here are the top five defenses in points allowed over the last three weeks:

1. Chicago - 27

2. San Francisco - 27

3. Minnesota - 33

4. St. Louis - 39

5. Tampa Bay - 40

Other than San Francisco and Chicago, the other three teams on this list are a bit of a surprise.

Here are my rankings for Week 6:

Ranking

Team

Opponent

1

New England

Seattle

2

San Francisco

NY Giants

3

Seattle

New England

4

Arizona

Buffalo

5

Pittsburgh

Tennessee

6

Baltimore

Dallas

7

Atlanta

Oakland

8

Miami

St. Louis

9

Houston

Green Bay

10

Green Bay

Houston

11

NY Jets

Indianapolis

12

St. Louis

Miami

13

Philadelphia

Detroit

14

Dallas

Baltimore

15

NY Giants

San Francisco

16

San Diego

Denver

17

Denver

San Diego

18

Minnesota

Washington

19

Cincinnati

Cleveland

20

Kansas City

Tampa Bay

21

Cleveland

Cincinnati

22

Tampa Bay

Kansas City

23

Tennessee

Pittsburgh

24

Detroit

Philadelphia

25

Indianapolis

NY Jets

26

Washington

Minnesota

27

Buffalo

Arizona

28

Oakland

Atlanta

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