Week 15 defense rankings

Posted Dec. 13, 2011 @ 6:37 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for defenses:

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


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.