Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 11: Defense/Special Teams

Jonathan Daniel

Check out our Week 11 Defense/Special Teams rankings before setting your rosters this week.

The key defensive matchup this week happens on Monday night when the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers will battle. The 49ers must be excited, as they probably will be facing Jason Campbell and not Jay Cutler. Although, the Bears defense will be looking to keep their team in the race for the number one seed in the NFC. Both these defenses are currently in the top five of actual NFL defenses and top six of fantasy defenses. I think that both teams will look to grind it out with their running games but also take a few shots down field.

The Bears will probably end up allowing twenty points and snag two turnovers. They'll intercept a pass and recover a forced fumble. Along with sacking the quarterback three times. A pretty good night for the Bears but probably not enough to win the game on the road.

The 49ers didn't perform as well as they should have coming off of their bye week but did finish the game strong. This week they'll hold the Bears to thirteen points and intercept at least one pass. The Niners will get very good pressure on the quarterback and will sack him four times.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 10:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 19 0 26 11 8 133 192
Texans 11 1 26 7 4 143 152
Broncos 10 2 31 4 6 189 137
Seahawks 9 0 28 7 1 161 132
Giants 17 0 25 10 2 216 121
49ers 6 0 17 7 1 127 111
Chargers 8 0 14 9 4 191 110
Patriots 10 1 19 13 2 201 107
Ravens 10 0 16 8 4 196 106
Cardinals 9 0 27 7 1 173 105
Buccaneers 15 0 15 4 4 209 105
Vikings 5 0 26 7 3 221 102
Packers 10 0 28 2 2 187 100
Falcons 11 0 21 7 1 174 97
Jets 7 0 16 8 5 228 96
Dolphins 8 0 24 3 2 186 92
Browns 10 0 20 6 2 211 92
Panthers 6 1

25

6 2

216

91
Steelers 5 0 16 4 0 177 90
Bengals 7 0 28 8 1 231 90
Cowboys 4 0 18 6 3 204 88
Titans 9 1 16 4 4 311 86
Rams 8 0 26 1 1 210 84
Redskins 10 0 14 5 4 248 80
Colts 4 0 21 2 2 201 75
Bills 6 1 20 5 2 285 74
Lions 5 0 20 5 0 222 72
Saints 5 0 21 7 2 256 69
Chiefs 6 1 15 4 1 256 67
Eagles 7 0 14 3 0 221 60
Raiders 6 0 11 7 0 284 57
Jaguars 5 0 10 6 0 246 52


The Texans are a must start and will dominate the Jaguars from beginning to end. Look for a lot of sacks and at least a couple forced turnovers. Philip Rivers is probably having nightmares about facing the Broncos again, after getting intercepted four times and sacked four times in their first meeting. The Ravens will be another team facing a backup quarterback, which will probably result in a boost for their stats this week. I'd avoid the Eagles and Steelers this week because their quarterbacks could put them in some difficult situations and the offenses they're playing could put up some big points against them.

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

Denver - 13

Carolina - 11

Seattle - 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. Houston - 15

2. San Francisco - 27

3. Cleveland - 31

4. Green Bay - 32

5. Baltimore - 35

Here are my rankings for Week 11:

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


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