Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 12: Defense/Special Teams

Doug Pensinger

Thanksgiving Weekend will provide a feast for some fantasy football defenses, so check out our Week 12 rankings.

This game may not be the lowest scoring matchup of the week but its the defensive matchup that I'm looking forward to watching. The game I'm talking about is the Houston Texans against the Detroit Lions. According to statistics, they're both top ten defenses but in fantasy points, Houston is far ahead of Detroit. I have a feeling that Houston is going to jump out to an early lead and that Detroit is going to pile up some passing yards in garbage time.

The Houston team that we see this week is not going to give up thirty-seven points to the Lions. They will be focused and prepared to stop Detroit's passing attack. They'll allow twenty-three points but only two touchdowns. I believe they'll sack Stafford four times and pick him off twice, returning one for a touchdown. I think Houston is a good start this week.

Detroit, on the other hand, will have a long Thanksgiving Day having to deal with the Houston offense. I think they'll allow thirty points and have difficulty stopping the pass and the run. They should be able to get at least a couple sacks and an interception. Not a bad day but you can do much better this week.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 11:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 19 0 28 11 8 165 194
Texans 11 1 28 8 4 180 156
Broncos 12 2 35 5 6 212 151
49ers 8 1 23 7 1 134 137
Patriots 13 1 20 14 5 225 136
Seahawks 9 0 28 7 1 161 132
Ravens 11 0 19 10 5 206 127
Chargers 9 1 17 10 5 221 125
Packers 12 0 33 4 3 207 123
Giants 17 0 25 10 2 216 121
Cardinals 14 0 28 8 1 196 120
Falcons 11 0 24 8 2 193 118
Jets 8 0 17 10 5 241 111
Buccaneers 15 0 17 5 4 230 111
Dolphins 8 0 27 3 3 205 107
Panthers 8 1 26 7 3 243 106
Bengals 7 0 32 9 1 237 106
Browns 10 0

27

7 2

234

103
Steelers 5 0 18 4 0 190 102
Vikings 5 0 26 7 3 221 102
Redskins 12 0 18 6 4 254 100
Bills 8 1 23 6 3 299 99
Cowboys 4 0 20 7 3 224 96
Rams 8 0 29 1 1 237 91
Saints 7 0 24 7 3 273 86
Titans 9 1 16

4

4 311 86
Lions 6 0 23 5 0 246 79
Colts 4 0 21 2 2 260 75
Chiefs 6 1 17 4 1 284 69
Eagles 7 0 16 3 0 252 62
Jaguars 7 0 12 7 0 289 60
Raiders 6 0 11 7 0 322 57

As long as the Bears control Adrian Peterson, they should be able to control the Vikings offense easily. I could see them scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns off Minnesota turnovers. The Bears defense is a must start this week. The Broncos are also a must start and I think they'll put up the most points for a defense this week. The Chiefs offense is such a disaster and Denver will certainly take advantage. I wouldn't risk it with the 49ers this week when they take on the powerful Saints offense. Although I think they'll sack Brees a number of times and probably get a return touchdown on special teams. One last defense of note is the Patriots. They face the Jets and I would think they will have there way with them on Thursday night.

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

Denver - 16

New Orleans - 11

San Francisco, Cleveland, St. Louis - 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. Seattle - 27

2. Washington - 27

3. San Francisco - 31

4. Green Bay - 37

5. NY Jets - 41

Here are my rankings for week 12:

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


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