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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 1

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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

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

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

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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 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 1 Start or Sit