Fantasy Football 2013 Def/Special Teams Rankings: Week 12

J.J. Watt and the struggling Texans DST get their first shot at the lowly Jaguars this week

Still riding high following its victory over New England at home on “Monday Night Football,” Carolina has ascended to the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 defense/special teams rankings. The Panthers are third in fantasy points among DSTs, behind only Kansas City and Seattle, and will take on Miami this Sunday. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has had his problems with turnovers (16 total) this season, and he’s also been sacked an NFL-worst 41 times.

Houston, led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, was among the league leaders in sacks last season, but 2013 has been a struggle for the Texans DST. Near the bottom in fantasy points, Houston’s DST could be a replacement/bye week fill-in option this week, as the Texans host Jacksonville. The Jaguars are not only last in both total and scoring offense; they are giving up the second-most fantasy points to DSTs.

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.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
Teams on bye this week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Rk Team OPP Notes
1 Carolina Panthers at MIA Keep rising to the occasion - late INT to seal MNF win vs. NE.
2 Kansas City Chiefs vs. SD Didn't record a single sack vs. Peyton Manning last week.
3 San Francisco 49ers at WAS (Mon.) 49ers' D still seething over what happened in New Orleans.
4 Baltimore Ravens vs. NYJ Can the Ravens take advantage of Geno Smith's growing pains?
5 New Orleans Saints at ATL (Thurs.) This is not the same Falcons team Saints beat in Week 1.
6 Houston Texans vs. JAC Gave up 3 TD passes to Raiders, but just 176 passing yards.
7 Arizona Cardinals vs. IND Cardinals' D has been pretty tough out in the desert.
8 St. Louis Rams vs. CHI Can the Rams get to McCown? Slow down Forte?
9 New York Giants vs. DAL 11.8 ppg, 253.3 ypg, 11 takeaways during 4-game winning streak.
10 Green Bay Packers vs. MIN Peterson (groin) wasn’t at full strength last week vs. Seattle.
11 Pittsburgh Steelers at CLE Horrendous first half, solid second half last week vs. Lions.
12 Chicago Bears at STL Bears have picked off at least one pass in 5 straight games.
13 Tennessee Titans at OAK Titans' rushing defense could be tested by Raiders.
14 Cleveland Browns vs. PIT Browns gave up 224 yards (118 passing) last week to Bengals.
15 Oakland Raiders vs. TEN Raiders' D has been pretty solid in the Black Hole.
16 Dallas Cowboys at NYG Cowboys come off of bye for critical NFC East showdown.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
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

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Kickers

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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