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Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

Brian Bahr

Check out our Week 8 Defense/Special Teams rankings before setting your rosters this week.

The surprising defensive matchup of the week should be the Seattle Seahawks at the Detroit Lions. Seattle is fifth in total yards per game allowed. They held San Francisco in check and allowed only thirteen points last week. I think the Seahawkswill allow thirteen points and cause two turnovers. Their defense will also put a lot of pressure on Stafford, sacking him three times. Detroit should be able to move the ball but I think Seattle will bend but not break and allow many points.

Detroit is a surprising eighth in total yards per game allowed but are twenty-second in points allowed with twenty-five points allowed per game. The Lions only allowed thirteen points on Monday night and could be turning around their season defensively. I feel the Lions will allow Seattle to score twenty points and intercept Russell Wilson once. They will beat the Seattle offensive line for three sacks of Wilson.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 7:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 14 0 21 7 5 78 135
Texans 9 1 22 4 4 128 120
Cardinals 8 0 22 7 1 118 96
Seahawks 6 0 19 4 1 106 93
Vikings 4 0 22 6 3 131 92
49ers 5 0 11 6 1 100 89
Patriots 7 1 14 11 2 163 86
Broncos 6 1 18 4 3 138 82
Falcons 10 0 16 7 1 113 78
Rams 8 0 21 1 1 141 77
Giants 12 0 17 6 0 137 77
Packers 9 0 24 0 1 155 76
Ravens 7 0 12 6 3 161 76
Redskins 10 0 13 5 4 200 75
Jets 7 0 10 5 4 170 74
Browns 10 0 18 5 2 180 74
Bills 6 1 17 5 2 227 69
Bengals 3 0

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Chargers 7 0 10 6 2 137 68
Dolphins 7 0 18 2 1 117 66
Buccaneers 9 0 8 2 2 136 64
Panthers 5 1 14 2 2 144 58
Steelers 3 0 11 4 0 132 55
Lions 2 0 17 4 0 150 53
Cowboys 2 0 12 4 0 133 48
Chiefs 4 1 13 2 1 183 47
Eagles 7 0 7 1 0 125 47
Titans 5 0 9 2 3 238 45
Colts 2 0 13 1 1 158 39
Saints 3 0 12 5 1 182 38
Raiders 3 0 7 4 0 171 35
Jaguars 4 0 5 4 0 164 33


The Bears continue to lead the pack and will probably put up another strong performance when they take on the struggling Carolina Panthers this week. I would not be shocked if they returned multiple turnovers for touchdowns. The Cardinals and 49ers will battle it out on Monday night, which will probably result in another NFC West defensive struggle. The aforementioned Seahawks will hold down the Lions but hopefully won't fall back into a prevent and allow some late garbage points.

The Cowboys and Steelers moved up a little after last week's games, while the Eagles were on a bye and had no chance to improve their totals. All three play strong offensive teams this week, which could demonstrate whether they'll be able to fix their deficiencies.

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

St. Louis - 14

Green Bay, Minnesota - 10

NY Giants, Houston - 9

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 - 10

2. Miami - 27

3. Carolina - 35

4. San Francisco - 35

5. Detroit - 36

Here are my rankings for Week 8:

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


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