Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 16: Defense/Special Teams

David Banks

Take your championship home with our Week 16 Defense rankings.

Now that it's probably your championship week, let's start off by looking at the top five fantasy defenses to start this week:

1. Chicago Bears - The Bears will be facing an Arizona team that woke up last week but will no doubt quickly be put back to sleep by this suffocating defense. Arizona is starting a rookie quarterback and the Bears are hungry to get back into the playoff picture.

2. New England Patriots - New England quickly fell behind last week but were able to hold the 49ers back quite a bit in the first half. If it wasn't for their defense forcing some turnovers, the game could have been even more out of hand at the start. Facing the Jaguars should be a welcome change and the defense should feast on some more turnovers and sacks, as the Jaguars look to pass to stay in the game.

3. Denver Broncos - The Broncos have scored a defensive touchdown against each AFC North opponent this season and I see the streak continuing against the Browns. With Denver looking to hold onto their playoff spot, they should be fired up and will create some easy defensive fantasy points.

4. Green Bay Packers- Green Bay has not allowed more than twenty points over the last three weeks. It looks like their defense is finally coming into shape for the run to the playoffs. With Jake Locker's lack of accuracy, the Packers should easily pick off a few of his passes.

5. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals have been generating sacks and turnovers over the last six games and that has led to some great fantasy numbers. After watching the poor effort that the Steelers put up against Dallas, I'm betting that the Bengals defense has quite a few opportunities to take advantage of.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 15:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 21 0 36 16 8 240 234
Seahawks 16 0 35 12 5 219 211
Texans 15 1 43 13 5 280 207
Broncos 16 2 42 7 8 274 204
49ers 12 1 35 10 3 218 195
Patriots 16 1 28 20 7 315 188
Bengals 11 0 44 15 2 293 178
Cardinals 22 0 36 10 3 302 174
Chargers 12 1 27 13 7 312 169
Packers 16 0 39 5 4 292 165
Jets 11 1 26 11 5 320 160
Giants 20 0 32 14 3 304 160
Browns 16 0 36 12 3 310 158
Ravens 13 0 32 12 5 307 158
Falcons 18 0 29 9 2 259 157
Rams 13 1 41 3 4 315 155
Panthers 9 1 36 12 3 319 148
Vikings 10 0

35

9 5

308

147
Steelers 7 0 27 6 1 291 143
Titans 16 1 31 5 5 396 139
Bills 11 1 33 8 3 402 137
Dolphins 9 0 39 3 3 279 137
Cowboys 7 0 33 9 4 338 131
Buccaneers 17 0 25 7 4 349 131
Redskins 17 0 25 8 4 350 129
Saints 14 0 27

10

4 379 127
Lions 11 0 31 6 0 380 109
Colts 8 0 27 2 4 358 109
Raiders 10 0 21 7 0 402 97
Chiefs 7 1 24 5 1 367 90
Eagles 7 0 28 5 1 375 90
Jaguars 10 0 15 11 0 383 89

The Jets should be able to take down a Chargers team that will be missing their starting running back and Malcom Floyd. San Diego has put up some real stinkers on offense. Seattle always brings their A-game at home and while I don't think they'll dominate like the last two weeks, they should still have a really strong game. The Panthers have been playing better defensively and receive a sweet matchup this week in the Raiders. If you're in a real jam, Carolina wouldn't be that bad of a choice. The Texans have a great matchup facing the Vikings. Minnesota's passing game is pathetic and Houston will make them pay. Washington is rolling towards the playoffs and should be able to easily put down the Eagles in this rematch. They shouldn't be that bad of a start this week.

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

Houston - 12

Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, St. Louis - 10

NY Jets, Carolina - 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. NY Jets - 30

2. Seattle - 34

3. Atlanta - 43

4. Oakland - 46

5. Cincinnati - 46

Here are my rankings for Week 16:

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


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