Week Four defensive rankings

Posted Sept. 29, 2012 @ 12:05 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12:04 p.m. ET

Byes: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh

Here are PFW's Week Four defensive rankings:

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

The above 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.