2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 1

It's been seven long months, but fantasy football and our fantasy football positional rankings are back!

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.

2012 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

1 Houston Texans vs. MIA
2 Philadelphia Eagles at CLE
3 Seattle Seahawks at ARI
4 Chicago Bears vs. IND
5 Baltimore Ravens vs. CIN (Mon.)
6 New York Jets vs. BUF
7 Buffalo Bills at NYJ
8 Detroit Lions vs. STL
9 Pittsburgh Steelers at DEN
10 San Francisco 49ers at GB
11 Atlanta Falcons at KC
12 Green Bay Packers vs. SF
13 Cincinnati Bengals at BAL (Mon.)
14 New York Giants vs. DAL (Wed.)
15 Minnesota Vikings vs. JAC
16 Arizona Cardinals vs. SEA

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


Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Week 1 Start or Sit

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