Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

Aug 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

SB Nation Fantasy Week 2 Rankings continue with rankings for Defense/Special Teams.

Week 1 of the NFL schedule is in the books and ranking Fantasy Defense/Special Teams will start to get easier in the next few weeks after we get more than one look at team defenses, as well as team offenses. We already know that fantasy owners should continue to start defenses like the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, but a few teams emerged in Week 1, none more than the Dallas Cowboys defense.

Now, let's take a look at our Week 2 Defense/Special Teams Rankings:

Rank

Team Name

1

Houston

2

New England

3

Pittsburgh

4

San Francisco

5

Philadelphia

6

New York Jets

7

Baltimore

8

Dallas

9

New York Giants

10

Oakland

11

Seattle

12

Chicago

13

Atlanta

14

Detroit

15

Green Bay

16

Jacksonville

17

Cincinnati

18

Washington

19

Buffalo

20

Miami

21

Kansas City

22

Denver

23

Tennessee

24

Carolina

25

Arizona

26

Cleveland

27

Minnesota

28

San Diego

29

Tampa Bay

30

St. Louis

31

New Orleans

32

Indianapolis

The top-ranked Houston defense opened the 2012 season against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins offense. This week they travel to Jacksonville to play another bad offense led by Blaine Gabbert. Houston’s D is a must start this week.

Even though the Jets scored 48 points against the Buffalo Bills' defense last week, I think Pittsburgh’s defense will have their way against Mark Sanchez and the Jets in their first home game of the season. Start the Pittsburgh defense with confidence.

The San Francisco defense played very well last week in Green Bay, limiting Aaron Rodgers to two passing touchdowns and just over 300 yards passing. This week they are home vs. the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matt Stafford, and I think they will have their way with the Lions offense in their first home game of the season.

The Dallas Cowboys' defense looked great in Week 1, limiting the Giants offense to just 17 points on the road. This week they travel to Seattle to face rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who struggled to move the ball against the Arizona defense in Week 1. The Cowboys' rebuilt secondary held Giants quarterback Eli Manning to just 213 yards passing and one touchdown pass, and I think they will limit Wilson this week as well.

Fantasy owners should feel confident in starting defenses against the following team offenses each week: Miami, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and St. Louis, as these teams will struggle to score points this season.

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