Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 17: Defense/Special Teams

Otto Greule Jr

The 49ers and Seahawks top our defensive rankings once again.

Going into the final week of the season, let's look at the top five defenses for Week 17:

1. San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers defense has not played its best football the last couple weeks. A date with the Cardinals should fix that and give them a boost going into the post-season. They no longer will have to face a quarterback like Tom Brady but will face off against his former backup, Brian Hoyer.

2. Seattle Seahawks - Staying in the NFC West, Seattle has been playing some especially dominant defense in the month of December. They get to finish at home against St. Louis and should be able to roll over the Rams quite easily. Look for quite a few turnover opportunities also.

3. Denver Broncos- The Broncos held the Chiefs out of the end zone five weeks ago and Kansas City has not improved at all since then. With Brady Quinn at quarterback for the Chiefs, Denver will have a field day and should rack up sacks and turnovers.

4. Chicago Bears - With the playoffs on the line and playing an opponent that seems to have given up, the Bears should provide some great fantasy points. I think they'll provide a return touchdown and some turnovers for those who start them this week.

5. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers are also facing a team that's a complete mess right now on offense, the Oakland Raiders. With Carson Palmer knocked out, the Raiders will start either Matt Leinart or Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. San Diego is coming off of a game in which they sacked the quarterback eleven times.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 16:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 23 0 40 17 10 253 266
Seahawks 17 0 36 13 6 232 228
Broncos 16 2 48 8 8 286 222
Texans 15 1 44 14 5 303 212
Bengals 13 0 48 16 3 303 202
Patriots 19 1 29 20 7 331 199
Chargers 13 1 38 14 8 329 198
49ers 13 1 36 10 3 260 198
Packers 18 0 46 5 4 299 188
Cardinals 22 0 37 11 4 330 185
Rams 17 1 46 4 5 328 182
Ravens 13 0 35 12 5 321 171
Jets 11 1 30 11 5 347 170
Vikings 10 0 39 11 5 314 169
Falcons 19 0 29 11 2 277 167
Panthers 10 1 37 12 3 325 165
Steelers 9 0 33 7 1 304 163
Browns 17 0

36

12 3

344

160
Giants 20 0 32 14 3 337 160
Dolphins 10 0 41 6 3 289 153
Redskins 18 0 30 9 4 370 142
Bills 11 1 35 8 3 426 141
Titans 16 1 32 5 5 451 140
Buccaneers 18 0 25 8 4 377 137
Saints 14 0 29 11 4 410 131
Cowboys 7 0 33

9

4 372 131
Colts 10 0 28 3 5 371 128
Lions 11 1 32 6 0 411 112
Raiders 11 0 23 8 0 419 109
Chiefs 7 1 27 5 1 387 99
Jaguars 12 0 18 11 0 406 98
Eagles 8 0 29 5 1 402 95

Here are a couple of defenses that are sleepers for Week 17:

Buffalo Bills - The Bills are facing a Jets offense in complete disarray. They were planning on starting Greg McElroy but now must turn back to Mark Sanchez. Added to that, the Jets gave up eleven sacks to the Chargers last week. Buffalo will be looking to get revenge for the season opening blow out they received at the hands of the Jets.

Oakland Raiders - This is a team that hasn't been playing that bad defensively over the last few weeks. The Raiders have finally been generating some turnovers and will look to end 2012 on a high note and at the same time perhaps end the Norv Turner era in San Diego.

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

San Diego - 15

Green Bay, St. Louis - 12

NY Jets - 11

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 - 30

2. Carolina - 33

3. Green Bay - 40

4. Miami - 40

5. Minnesota - 42

Here are my rankings for Week 17:

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