Fantasy Football Week 4 rankings: Defense/Special Teams

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Which defenses should you start in Week 4? Check out our rankings.

The Arizona Cardinals defense makes the biggest jump in the upper half of the Defense/Special Teams Rankings in Week 4, as they have dominated two pretty good offenses in the last two weeks-the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. They currently rank 10th in the NFL in overall defense based on yards allowed per game, and this week they are at home to face the Dolphins and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. I see Tannehill struggling in the fourth start of his NFL career.

Let's take a look at the rest of the Week 4 Defense/Special Teams Rankings:

Rank

Team Name

Opponent

1

San Francisco

New York Jets

2

Arizona

Miami

3

Seattle

St. Louis

4

Baltimore

Cleveland

5

Houston

Tennessee

6

Miami

Arizona

7

Atlanta

Carolina

8

Dallas

Chicago

9

Green Bay

New Orleans

10

New York Jets

San Francisco

11

Chicago

Dallas

12

New England

Buffalo

13

Denver

Oakland

14

New York Giants

Philadelphia

15

Detroit

Minnesota

16

Cincinnati

Jacksonville

17

Philadelphia

New York Giants

18

Buffalo

New England

19

San Diego

Kansas City

20

Washington

Tampa Bay

21

Oakland

Denver

22

Cleveland

Baltimore

23

St. Louis

Seattle

24

Kansas City

San Diego

25

Jacksonville

Cincinnati

26

Tampa Bay

Washington

27

Tennessee

Houston

28

Minnesota

Detroit

29

Carolina

Atlanta

30

New Orleans

Green Bay

Bye: Pittsburgh, Indianapolis

The Seahawks defense come off a Monday Night game where they dominated Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. I think they will have their way with the St. Lois Rams this weekend.

The Miami Dolphins defense has been a surprise this season mainly due to their ability to stop the run. The Dolphins are currently ranked third against the run so far in 2012, and have stopped better running backs than Ryan Williams, so that should continue.

Speaking of surprise defenses this season, look no further than the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. Dallas leads the NFL in total defense, and it appears signing former Kansas City Chief Brandon Carr has helped them improve against the pass. I wonder if they are now thinking they should have invested that money in an offensive line.

For a change of pace, here are the Top 5 Defenses against the pass, run and total defense through the first three weeks of the season:

Pass Defense

1. Dallas: 376 yards allowed

2. Green Bay: 411 yards allowed

3. Philadelphia: 518 yards allowed

4. Houston: 564 yards allowed

5. Pittsburgh: 571 yards allowed

Run Defense

1. Tampa Bay: 142 yards allowed

2. Seattle: 176 yards allowed

3. Miami: 199 yards allowed

4. San Diego: 202 yards allowed

5. Houston: 203 yards allowed

Total Defense

1. Dallas: 250 yards/game

2. Houston: 256 yards/game

3. Green Bay: 261 yards/game

4. Seattle: 272 yards/game

5. Philadelphia: 276 yards/game

Sack Leaders

1. Chicago: 14

2. Green Bay: 12

3. Arizona: 12

4. Cincinnati: 11

5. Seattle: 10

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