Week Nine defense rankings

Posted Nov. 01, 2011 @ 6:17 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Vikings

Here are our fantasy rankings for defenses:

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


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. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.