Week 16 defense rankings

Posted Dec. 20, 2011 @ 2:28 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for defenses:

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


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.