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Fantasy football rankings 2017: Defense/special teams for NFL Week 13

The SB Nation fantasy football team rank the top 25 defense/special teams for Week 13. Positions: QB | RBS | RBP | WRS | WRP | TE | DST

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The fantasy football playoffs are upon us now that Week 13 is arriving.

Week 14 is when many leagues begin their playoffs, so this may be a do-or-die week for you to earn your spot in the postseason. That is why the last thing you want to do is overlook the defense you will be starting this week.

One of the early contenders for matchup of the week is the Chicago Bears hosting the San Francisco 49ers, who will be going with a new quarterback this week in Jimmy Garoppolo. While Garoppolo has shown he can be a solid quarterback before, he is in a brand-new offense that is nothing like what he had in New England, so Chicago could be poised to feast this week.

What other defenses will step up big in Week 13? Let us help you answer those questions with a fresh set of rankings for the top 25 defenses and special teams heading into Week 13.

Defense/Special Teams rankings, Week 13

(SK: Scott Kaliska; JG Jeff Goldberg; DG: Derek Gordon; KB: Kyle Bennett; ZS: Zach Senvisky; JM: Jason Marcum)

D/ST rankings, Week 13

Rk Consensus Opp SK JG DG AW ZS JM
Rk Consensus Opp SK JG DG AW ZS JM
1 Los Angeles Chargers vs. CLE 2 1 1 1 2 1
2 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. IND 1 2 2 2 1 2
3 Baltimore Ravens vs. DET 7 4 4 4 4 4
4 Denver Broncos @ MIA 4 5 5 5 5 5
5 Chicago Bears vs. SF 9 3 3 3 12 3
6 Los Angeles Rams @ ARI 3 7 7 6 6 7
7 Minnesota Vikings @ ATL 15 6 6 7 7 6
8 New England Patriots @ BUF 10 8 8 8 8 8
9 Philadelphia Eagles @ SEA 8 9 10 11 3 12
10 Tennessee Titans vs. HOU 6 11 12 9 10 10
11 Pittsburgh Steelers @ CIN 5 13 13 12 13 13
12 Seattle Seahawks vs. PHI 21 10 9 10 9 11
13 Kansas City Chiefs @ NYJ 11 15 15 14 15 15
14 New Orleans Saints vs. CAR 12 14 19 18 11 17
15 Miami Dolphins vs. DEN 16 17 16 15 16 14
16 Arizona Cardinals vs. LAR -- 12 11 13 25 9
17 Oakland Raiders vs. NYG 13 20 17 16 18 19
18 Houston Texans @ TEN 23 16 14 17 19 16
19 New York Jets vs. KC 24 18 18 19 17 18
20 Washington @ DAL 18 19 20 20 20 23
21 Detroit Lions @ BAL 14 24 24 21 14 25
22 Cincinnati Bengals vs. PIT 20 23 23 23 23 21
23 Carolina Panthers @ NO -- 21 22 22 22 20
24 Atlanta Falcons vs. MIN 25 22 21 25 21 22
25 Green Bay Packers vs. TB 17 25 25 24 24 24
-- San Francisco 49ers @ CHI 19 -- -- -- -- --
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ GB 22 -- -- -- -- --