Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 14: Defense/Special Teams

Garrett Ellwood

We highlight our top five defensive matchups of this week and our Week 14 DEF/ST rankings.

Seeing as this is the start of the playoffs for many of you, I thought we'd start off with the top five defenses to start this week:

1. San Francisco 49ers - The Niners still have a lot to fight for in regards to playoff position. The pass rush should be able to generate pressure with Jake Long out of the lineup and a weakened offensive line trying to protect Ryan Tannehill. I think the Dolphins offense will struggle to put up any type of consistency all game.

2. Denver Broncos - Denver has been dominating their opponents defensively over the last four weeks and that will continue against a Raiders offensethat has fallen off recently. They have generated fifteen turnovers over the last seven games and that has helped them to score six return touchdowns. As mentioned they face the Raiders and in their first meeting this season, they held them to six points. I can't see Oakland doing much better this time with the injuries they're dealing with on that side of the ball.

3. Seattle Seahawks - Arizona will be starting either Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley or John Skelton at quarterback and that says a lot about the Seahawks defensive opportunities right there. Seattle will be playing at home and that will add to their defensive advantage. I don't think the Cardinalsare going to be able to create much of anything positive on offense.

4. Chicago Bears - Minnesota's offense is almost completely reliant on Adrian Peterson right now. Being so one dimensional plays right into the Bears game plan. Chicago caused three turnovers against the Vikings two weeks ago and I can see them getting at least that many in the rematch.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers - This Steelers defense has not been as reliable as past season but they've been showing more signs of life the past few weeks. With playoff urgency, they have come up big and look to continue that with a matchup against an offense that has been struggling in the Chargers. The San Diego offensive line has been horrible and that will result in plenty of opportunities for the Steelers pass rush.

Let's take a look at the leaders in defensive touchdowns and fantasy scoring through Week 13:

Player INT Safety Sack DFR TD PA FPTS
Bears 20 0 32 14 8 198 216
Texans 14 1 37 12 4 221 185
Patriots 14 1 25 19 7 260 175
Broncos 14 2 38 5 7 244 174
49ers 10 1 30 7 3 171 170
Chargers 11 1 23 11 6 257 151
Ravens 13 0 27 11 5 242 151
Seahawks 10 0 29 7 2 202 147
Cardinals 18 0 33 9 1 234 143
Giants 18 0 30 12 2 243 142
Bengals 9 0 40 11 1 260 140
Falcons 16 0 27 8 2 229 139
Rams 12 1 34 2 4 267 136
Steelers 7 0 25 5 1 230 135
Jets 9 1 19 11 5 296 135
Browns 14 0 29 12 2 265 135
Packers 14 0 34 4 3 259 132
Bills 10 1

30

8 3

337

126
Buccaneers 17 0 18 6 4 285 120
Dolphins 9 0 33 3 3 249 119
Panthers 8 1 28 10 3 292 118
Vikings 7 0 29 8 3 272 115
Redskins 14 0 21 7 4 301 113
Cowboys 5 0 24 8 4 295 110
Titans 10 1 23 4 4 359 99
Saints 8 0 25

9

3 327 97
Colts 6 0 23 2 3 306 93
Lions 10 0 27 5 0 315 91
Chiefs 7 1 21 4 1 322 81
Jaguars 10 0 13 8 0 342 73
Eagles 7 0 20 3 1 320 72
Raiders 8 0 14 7 0 376 68

The Jets should continue to have a strong run during the fantasy playoffs and have a very good matchup against the Jaguars this week. The Browns should be able to take advantage of the Chiefs coming down off of that emotional high of last week. The Bengals defense have been super hot as of late and Dallas is due for one of their disappointing turnover filled games. The Cardinals always seem to play Seattle tough but Russell Wilson has been playing very well lately, so this may not be the best matchup for them.

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

San Francisco - 13

Cincinnati, Buffalo, Baltimore, Houston - 11

Cleveland, San Diego, Miami, Pittsburgh - 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 Giants - 27

2. Cincinnati - 29

3. Seattle - 41

4. San Francisco - 44

5. Baltimore - 46

Here are my rankings for Week 14:

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


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