Week Six defensive rankings

Posted Oct. 13, 2012 @ 10:56 a.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans

Here are PFW's Week Six defensive rankings:

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

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.