2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 7
By: Athlon Sports | 10/18/12, 5:44 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.
Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.
2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
|1||Chicago Bears||vs. DET (Mon.)||In just 5 games, has scored 29 more points than No. 2 DST|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||vs. SEA (Thurs.)||Should be plenty motivated after last week's performance.|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||vs. ARI||Vikings glad they won't be seeing RGIII again this week.|
|4||Houston Texans||vs. BAL||Another defense looking to put Week 6 behind them.|
|5||Seattle Seahawks||at SF (Thurs.)||Hawks' D did job at home against NE, SF road test on tap.|
|6||Arizona Cardinals||at MIN||Cardinals are No. 4 in league in scoring defense.|
|7||Green Bay Packers||at STL||Packers held Texans' vaunted rushing attack to 90 yards.|
|8||Pittsburgh Steelers||at CIN||Even w/o Polamalu, Steelers D is healthier than O.|
|9||New England Patriots||vs. NYJ||Patriots No. 6 in rush defense so far, Jets had 252 last week.|
|10||Baltimore Ravens||at HOU||Ravens' D will certainly miss Lewis, Webb.|
|11||Dallas Cowboys||at CAR||Cowboys' D hoping to contain Cam.|
|12||New York Giants||vs. WAS||Giants dominated 49ers, looking for repeat performance vs. RGIII.|
|13||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. PIT||Steelers' o-line, RBs are hurting.|
|14||Cleveland Browns||at IND||Browns already have 10 interceptions, Luck has 7.|
|15||Buffalo Bills||vs. TEN||Bills' D finally showed signs of life last week in Arizona.|
|16||Oakland Raiders||vs. JAC||Raiders have a total of 4 sacks so far.|
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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