2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 5
By: Athlon Sports | 10/4/12, 5:10 AM EDT
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.
Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay are all on bye.
2012 NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
|1||Houston Texans||at NYJ (Mon.)||Just like 49ers, Texans should feast on Jets' O in disarray.|
|2||Chicago Bears||at JAC||Bears abused Romo (5 INTs) on MNF, greener Gabbert next.|
|3||Arizona Cardinals||at STL (Thurs.)||No. 2 DEF in fantasy, second in league in sacks (16).|
|4||Seattle Seahawks||at CAR||Hawks D vs. Cam Newton will be fun to watch.|
|5||Baltimore Ravens||at KC||Chiefs have turned ball over NFL-worst 15 times.|
|6||San Francisco 49ers||vs. BUF||Looking to feast on AFC East for second week in a row.|
|7||St. Louis Rams||vs. ARI (Thurs.)||Rams been strong against pass (8 INTs) so far.|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||vs. TEN||Vikings can get to QB, make big special teams plays.|
|9||New York Giants||vs. CLE||Will T-Rich run on G-Men like McCoy (123 yds.)?|
|10||Atlanta Falcons||at WAS||Last week it was Cam, this week it's RGIII.|
|11||Pittsburgh Steelers||vs. PHI||Should get Polamalu, Harrison back.|
|12||Green Bay Packers||at IND||Packers looking to pressure rookie Luck into mistakes.|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||at PIT||Will need to get pressure on Big Ben to slow down passing attack.|
|14||Miami Dolphins||at CIN||Fins better against run than pass, could be issue with Green.|
|15||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. MIA||Leading league in sacks with 17.|
|16||New England Patriots||vs. DEN||Pats rely on turnovers, Manning has just 3 INTs so far.|
|17||New York Jets||vs. HOU (Mon.)||Offensive issues starting to bring down D.|
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
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