Fantasy Football Week 9 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

David Banks

Check out our Week 9 Defense/Special Teams rankings before setting your rosters this week.

The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks have been struggling on offense, specifically their passing offenses, and that should lead to a defensive struggle this week. Christian Ponder has been struggling with his accuracy over the last two weeks and that has led to interceptions. Russell Wilson has also had his ups and downs. He has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns over his last five games.

I think the Vikings will allow 21 points and cause two turnovers. Minnesota should be able to sack Wilson three times. The Seahawks will have the home crowd behind them and that has certainly aided their defense. Seattle will hold the Vikings to seventeen points and intercept Ponder at least once, and they should be able to get a pair of sacks this week. I think they'll allow more yards than Minnesota but hold them to fewer points.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 8:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 16 0 23 7 6 100 149
Texans 9 1 22 4 4 128 120
49ers 6 0 15 6 1 103 105
Cardinals 8 0 26 7 1 142 102
Giants 16 0 21 8 1 161 101
Patriots 9 1 16 11 2 170 98
Seahawks 7 0 21 4 1 134 97
Vikings 4 0 23 6 3 167 93
Broncos 7 1 19 4 3 152 91
Packers 9 0 26 1 2 170 90
Falcons 10 0 19 7 1 130 87
Browns 10 0 19 6 2 186 87
Dolphins 8 0 22 3 2 126 86
Jets 7 0 12 6 4 200 82
Redskins 10 0 14 5 4 227 78
Chargers 7 0 12 6 2 144 78
Rams 8 0 21 1 1 186 77
Buccaneers 10 0

11

4 2

153

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Panthers 6 1 20 4 2 167 76
Ravens 7 0 12 6 3 161 76
Bills 6 1 17 5 2 227 69
Bengals 3 0 24 6 1 187 68
Steelers 3 0 12 4 0 144 64
Lions 3 0 17 5 0 174 59
Cowboys 3 0 13 5 0 162 55
Titans 6 0 11 2 3 257 53
Raiders 5 0 10 6 0 187 52
Chiefs 5 1 13 2 1 209 51
Eagles 7 0 9 1 0 155 49
Colts 2 0 15 1 1 171 47
Jaguars 4 0 7 5 0 188 43
Saints 3 0 13 6 1 216 41


The Bears should dominate the Titans this week and will probably get four or five sacks against the immobile Matt Hasselbeck. The Houston Texans after a week off, will be ready to take it to the Bills. Buffalo will have a difficult time putting points on the board. I would probably avoid starting the Cardinals defense, as they take on the Green Bay offense. The Eagles, Cowboys and Steelers are poor starts this week. If you have any other options, it would be best to go in that direction.

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

New York Giants - 13

Arizona, Minnesota - 9

Detroit, Green Bay, New England - 8

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. Miami - 23

2. Chicago - 29

3. San Francisco - 35

4. Atlanta - 37

5. Denver - 38

Here are my rankings for Week 9:

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


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