Week 14 defense rankings

Posted Dec. 06, 2011 @ 6:30 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for defenses:

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


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.