Fantasy Football Week 7 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

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Check out our Week 7 Defense/Special Teams rankings before setting your rosters this week.

With two of the top defenses playing each other on Thursday night, Week 7 will kick off with a defensive extravaganza. San Francisco held the Giants passing game in check last week, allowing only 193 yards passing and one touchdown. But they were unable to sack Eli Manning or cause any turnovers, which severely limited their fantasy points.

The 49ers also allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to rush for 116 yards and one touchdown. I think they will do a much better job against Seattle on Thursday night and will hold Seahawks to thirteen points and cause three turnovers. I think their pressure on Russell Wilson will be intense and they will sack him at least three times.

Seattle did a very good job against the New England offense in Week 6. In the second half alone, they limited the Patriots to six points. They did an especially good job limiting the Patriots ground game to 87 yards on 26 rushing attempts. The Seahawks defense also intercepted Tom Brady twice and sacked him once. In this matchup, the Seahawks should allow only sixteen points and cause two turnovers. I expect them to get some pressure but probably only resulting in one sack of Alex Smith.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 6:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 13 0 18 4 5 71 118
Texans 7 0 18 4 3 115 92
Seahawks 5 0 17 4 1 93 83
Cardinals 6 0 19 7 1 97 83
Broncos 6 1 18 4 3 138 82
Falcons 10 0 16 7 1 113 78
49ers 4 0 9 6 1 94 75
Rams 8 0 18 1 1 111 74
Ravens 7 0 10 6 3 118 74
Jets 7 0 9 4 4 141 71
Vikings 3 0 15 5 2 117 71
Chargers 7 0 10 6 2 137 68
Patriots 6 0 10 10 1 137 68
Redskins 8 0 12 5 4 173 68
Packers 8 0 21 0 1 135 67
Dolphins 7 0 18 2 1 117 66
Browns 10 0 15 4 2 163 65
Giants 11 0 14 3 0 114 64
Buccaneers 8 0 8 2 2 101 62
Bills 6 1 15 5 1 192 61
Bengals 2 0 21 5 1 163 59
Panthers 5 1 14 1 2 125 52
Chiefs 4 1 13 2 1 183 47
Eagles 7 0 7 1 0 125 47
Steelers 2 0 11 4 0 115 43
Lions 2 0 12 4 0 137 40
Titans 4 0 8 1 3 204 40
Cowboys 1 0 10 3 0 119 38
Saints 3 0 11 5 1 154 37
Colts 2 0 13 1 1 145 33
Raiders 3 0 4 3 0 148 24
Jaguars 3 0 3 2 0 138 23


The Bears are coming off a week of rest and will face a very pass heavy offense in the Detroit Lions. I really like their chances of intercepting some passes and returning one for a touchdown. I think the Texans will bounce back strong against Baltimore and will be looking to prove that they are the real thing. Flacco might be in for a long game with the pressure that will be coming his way. As mentioned above, the Niners and Seahawks should be locked up in a defensive struggle in the Thursday night game.

As Ray pointed out last week, the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles continue to disappoint fantasy owners. I don't think we'll see them turn it around this week but hopefully we'll be able to see at least some glimpses of progress.

Here are the defenses that have been sacking the quarterback over the last three weeks:

Miami - 14

St. Louis - 13

Denver - 11

If you play in a league that rewards teams that allow the least amount of points, here are the top five defenses in points allowed over the last three weeks:

1. Chicago - 21

2. San Francisco - 29

3. St. Louis - 33

4. Tampa Bay - 34

5. Pittsburgh - 40

Here are my rankings for Week 7:

Ranking Team Opponent
1 Chicago Detroit
2 Minnesota Arizona
3 San Francisco Seattle
4 Seattle San Francisco
5 Pittsburgh Cincinnati
6 NY Giants Washington
7 Arizona Minnesota
8 New England NY Jets
9 Green Bay St. Louis
10 Houston Baltimore
11 Cleveland Indianapolis
12 Baltimore Houston
13 Buffalo Tennessee
14 Detroit Chicago
15 Dallas Carolina
16 Cincinnati Pittsburgh
17 St. Louis Green Bay
18 Oakland Jacksonville
19 Indianapolis Cleveland
20 NY Jets New England
21 Tampa Bay New Orleans
22 Carolina Dallas
23 Washington NY Giants
24 Tennessee Buffalo
25 New Orleans Tampa Bay
26 Jacksonville Oakland


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