Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Is your defense on a bye this week? Check out our rankings before making a waiver wire move in Week 5.

Week 5 of the NFL season is upon us, as the Thursday night game pits the improving Arizona Cardinals vs the St. Louis Rams. We have four teams on a bye this week, including Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay, and I imagine Oakland and Detroit's defense/special teams is owned in only the deepest of fantasy football leagues, or leagues where points given up is a category.

Before I get to the Week 5 rankings, let's take a look at the teams who have scored the most defensive touchdowns through the first four weeks of the season:

Player

DTD

Jets DST NYJ

3

Bears DST CHI

3

Titans DST TEN

3

Redskins DST WAS

2

Ravens DST BAL

2

Texans DST HOU

2

Vikings DST MIN

2

Cardinals DST ARI

1

Broncos DST DEN

1

Panthers DST CAR

1

The Bears scored two of their three defensive touchdowns on Monday Night Football, taking two errant Tony Romo passes to the house. Defensive touchdowns are nice, but they don't happen all that often, so let's take a look at the defenses who have sacked the quarterback the most thus far:

Player

Int

SACK

DFR

PA

Bengals DST CIN

1

17

3

112

Cardinals DST ARI

4

16

6

61

Bears DST CHI

11

15

3

68

Packers DST GB

4

14

0

81

Texans DST HOU

5

13

4

56

Browns DST CLE

6

13

2

98

Vikings DST MIN

1

12

4

72

Panthers DST CAR

3

12

0

109

Seahawks DST SEA

3

12

2

58

Dolphins DST MIA

5

12

0

90

I have included other defensive scoring categories including sacks, interceptions, fumble recoveries and points allowed. As you can see, the Bears defense is one of the best at taking the football away from their opponents, and the get to the quarterback quite often as well.

The Bengals sack the quarterback more than any other team, but are not forcing turnovers, so their points allowed is one of the highest in the NFL. The Cardinals defense is also very good at forcing turnovers and rushing the quarterback as well.

Now let's take a look at the Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 5:

Rank

Team Name

Opponent

1

Houston

New York Jets

2

Chicago

Jacksonville

3

Green Bay

Indianapolis

4

Baltimore

Kansas City

5

Seattle

Carolina

6

Miami

Cincinnati

7

Atlanta

Washington

8

New York Jets

Houston

9

New York Giants

Cleveland

10

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

11

Arizona

St. Louis

12

Philadelphia

Steelers

13

Denver

New England

14

San Diego

New Orleans

15

Cincinnati

Miami

16

St. Louis

Arizona

17

New England

Denver

18

Buffalo

San Francisco

19

Cleveland

New York Giants

20

Minnesota

Tennessee

21

St. Louis

Arizona

22

Carolina

Seattle

23

Tennessee

Minnesota

24

Jacksonville

Chicago

25

Kansas City

Baltimore

26

New Orleans

Washington

27

Indianapolis

Green Bay

28

Washington

Atlanta

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