Week 11 defensive rankings

Posted Nov. 17, 2012 @ 10:02 a.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:59 a.m. ET

Byes: Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Here are PFW's Week 11 defensive rankings:

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

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.