Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 15: Defense/Special Teams

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Check out our Week 15 Defense rankings

As the fantasy playoffs continue, let's start off by looking at the top five fantasy defenses to start this week:

1. Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks had one of the greatest fantasy performances of all time last week and probably won the matchup for most, if not, all of their owners. The good times should keep on rolling as they take on the Bills this week. Ryan Fitzpatrick has fallen into his late season slump once again and Fred Jackson is out for the rest of the season, so the Seahawks defense will roll once again.

2. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincinnati has to be careful with the young skill position players of the Eagles but should be able to take care of business. The Bengals are playing with a lot on the line and the Eagles are still playing with not much of an offensive line. I think the Bengals will turn be sacking Foles quite a few times.

3. Detroit Lions - The Lions have the good fortune to play the lowly Cardinals this week. While I don't think they'll post a shut out, Detroit will be able to pressure the quarterback and cause a few turnovers. The rookie Ryan Lindley will be starting for Arizona and his accuracy is very poor.

4. Denver Broncos - Denver faces off against a fellow playoff contender in the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are going through some turmoil on the offensive side of the ball and I expect some growing pains as they switch to a new offensive coordinator. I really like the Broncos chances here.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers haven't been at the top of their game this season but this should be one of their better games of the season. At this time of year, they usually flip the switch and I believe Romo and the Cowboys will pay the price. Dallas has not played very well at home and Romo will probably throw a couple picks.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 14:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 21 0 33 14 8 219 225
Seahawks 14 0 32 11 4 202 192
Texans 15 1 38 12 4 263 188
Broncos 15 2 39 6 7 257 185
49ers 10 1 32 8 3 184 184
Patriots 15 1 27 19 7 274 183
Chargers 12 1 25 12 7 281 165
Giants 20 0 31 14 3 270 159
Ravens 13 0 30 12 5 273 156
Browns 15 0 34 12 3 272 154
Rams 13 1 39 3 4 279 153
Bengals 10 0 43 11 1 280 151
Jets 11 1 22 11 5 306 150
Packers 15 0 35 5 4 279 147
Cardinals 19 0 34 9 1 292 146
Falcons 16 0 28 8 2 259 140
Steelers 7 0 26 5 1 264 138
Bills 11 1

31

8 3

352

135
Vikings 9 0 31 8 4 286 131
Buccaneers 17 0 24 7 4 308 130
Panthers 9 1 30 10 3 312 126
Dolphins 9 0 37 3 3 276 125
Cowboys 6 0 29 8 4 314 121
Redskins 15 0 23 8 4 329 119
Titans 12 1 27 4 5 386 117
Saints 10 0 25

9

4 379 107
Colts 8 0 24 2 4 329 106
Lions 10 0 30 6 0 342 100
Jaguars 10 0 14 10 0 359 84
Chiefs 7 1 24 4 1 352 84
Eagles 7 0 22 3 1 341 76
Raiders 9 0 17 7 0 402 75

The Jets should continue to roll on defense, as their matchup is very favorable against the Titans. They're not a bad choice if you're in a bind. Playing the matchups again, the Dolphins get to face Jacksonville, a team that is still fighting with injuries to their skill position players. Chicago will be looking to get revenge for their early season loss. They held the Packers in check for most of that game. Houston hasn't been playing that well of late, so you may want to look for a better matchup to play this week. The Titans face the Jets and they have been very favorable to fantasy defenses lately.

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

Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tennessee - 11

Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Houston - 10

San Francisco, Buffalo - 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. Cleveland - 38

2. Seattle - 41

3. St. Louis - 42

4. Cincinnati - 43

5. Denver - 45

Here are my rankings for Week 15:

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