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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 10

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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.

Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay and Washington are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

Notes

1

San Francisco 49ers

vs. STL

Have shutout Rams in 2 of last 3 played at home.

2

Chicago Bears

vs. HOU

Have 28 takeaways (17 INT, 11 fumbles) in 9 games.

3

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs. KC (Mon.)

Chiefs have league-worst 29 turnovers.

4

Houston Texans

at CHI

Texans are No. 3 in total, pass defense, No. 2 vs. rush.

5

Seattle Seahawks

vs. NYJ

Seahawks giving up 13 ppg at home.

6

Denver Broncos

at CAR

Broncos eighth against pass, tied for 6th in sacks.

7

New York Giants

at CIN

Have only given up 28+ points once this season.

8

Miami Dolphins

vs. TEN

Dolphins are No. 3 in league against rush.

9

Baltimore Ravens

vs. OAK

Ravens likely won't see McFadden in backfield.

10

Detroit Lions

at MIN

Christian Ponder struggling, Percy Harvin hurting.

11

New York Jets

at SEA

Rush defense (27th, 141.4 ypg) will be tested by Lynch.

12

Minnesota Vikings

vs. DET

Defense has struggled last two games.

13

New England Patriots

vs. BUF

Tied for 7th against rush, but 28th against pass.

14

Atlanta Falcons

at NO

Falcons looking to slow down Brees on road.

15

Dallas Cowboys

at PHI

Defense has allowed total of 2 TDs in last two games.

16

St. Louis Rams

at SF

Rams are 13th in both total and rush defense.

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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 10 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 10 Waiver Wire

Week 10 Start or Sit