Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Check out our Week 10 Defense/Special Teams rankings before setting your rosters this week.

The defensive struggle this week appears to be the Sunday night game between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans. These two teams are both ranked among the top ten defenses in the league and also are the top two fantasy defenses. I don't think this will be one of those field goal battles but I do think scoring will not come easily. Both Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub will probably be on their backs at some point in the game.

The Bears will probably allow twenty one points but I think they'll make up for that with their turnovers and sacks. Chicago should register two interceptions, one fumble recovery and three sacks. Arian Foster will really keep them on their toes but the Bears should limit him to less than a hundred yards on the ground.

On the other side of the field, the Texans will hold Chicago to twenty points. They'll pick off one of Cutler's passes and sack him three times. Brandon Marshall is the player that will frustrate the Texans the most but should only reach the end zone once.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 9:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 17 0 25 11 8 120 177
Texans 9 1 26 5 4 137 132
Giants 17 0 25 9 2 185 117
Seahawks 8 0 25 5 1 154 111
Chargers 8 0 13 9 4 157 107
Broncos 8 1 24 4 4 175 106
Cardinals 9 0 27 7 1 173 105
49ers 6 0 15 6 1 103 105
Packers 10 0 28 2 2 187 100
Patriots 9 1 16 11 2 170 98
Falcons 10 0 20 7 1 143 94
Vikings 4 0 24 6 3 197 94
Browns 10 0 20 6 2 211 92
Dolphins 8 0 23 3 2 149 89
Ravens 9 0 13 6 3 176 87
Panthers 6 1 24 4 2 180 86
Buccaneers 13 0 13 4 2 185 85
Jets 7 0

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Redskins 10 0 14 5 4 248 80
Steelers 4 0 14 4 0 164 78
Rams 8 0 21 1 1 186 77
Bills 6 1 19 5 2 248 73
Bengals 5 0 24 6 1 218 72
Lions 5 0 18 5 0 188 70
Saints 4 0 20 7 2 229 64
Cowboys 3 0 16 5 0 181 62
Titans 6 1 14 3 3 308 60
Chiefs 6 1 14 3 1 240 56
Raiders 5 0 11 7 0 229 55
Eagles 7 0 11 3 0 183 55
Colts 2 0 17 1 1 191 53
Jaguars 4 0 8 5 0 219 44

The Giants should be able to force the Bengals into some turnovers and force them to rely on their passing game. Seattle gets the Jets at home and could turn this into an ugly game. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets were shut out. San Diego and Tampa Bay are not worthy of starts this week because their offenses will probably turn this game into a high scoring match. The Steelers, Cowboys and Eagles are pretty good starts but with Pittsburgh playing the lowly Chiefs, they would make for the best start of the three teams.

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

New York Giants - 11

Carolina - 10

Minnesota - 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. San Francisco - 9

2. San Diego - 20

3. Houston - 22

4. Atlanta - 30

5. Miami - 32

Here are my rankings for Week 10:

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


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