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Week One defense rankings

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By Pat Fitzmaurice

Here are the Week One fantasy rankings for defenses:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Ravens
  2. San Diego Chargers vs. Vikings
  3. New York Jets vs. Cowboys
  4. Baltimore Ravens vs. Steelers
  5. New England Patriots at Dolphins
  6. San Francisco 49ers vs. Seahawks
  7. Cleveland Browns vs. Bengals
  8. Green Bay Packers vs. Saints
  9. Chicago Bears vs. Falcons
  10. Atlanta Falcons at Bears
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Lions
  12. New York Giants at Redskins
  13. Dallas Cowboys at Jets
  14. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Bills
  15. Buffalo Bills at Chiefs
  16. Detroit Lions at Buccaneers
  17. Philadelphia Eagles at Rams
  18. Oakland Raiders at Broncos
  19. Seattle Seahawks at 49ers
  20. Arizona Cardinals vs. Panthers
  21. Cincinnati Bengals at Browns
  22. New Orleans Saints at Packers
  23. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Titans
  24. Carolina Panthers at Cardinals
  25. Tennessee Titans at Jaguars
  26. Miami Dolphins vs. Patriots
  27. Washington Redskins vs. Giants
  28. Denver Broncos vs. Raiders
  29. St. Louis Rams vs. Eagles
  30. Houston Texans vs. Colts
  31. Minnesota Vikings at Chargers
  32. Indianapolis Colts at Texans

 

The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs.

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