Week 17 defense rankings

Posted Dec. 27, 2011 @ 3:46 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for defenses:

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


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.