Week 12 defense rankings

Posted Nov. 22, 2011 @ 11:10 a.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for defenses:

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


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.