2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 12

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

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 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk Player OPPONENT Notes
1 Denver Broncos at KC No. 2 scoring DST gets vs. team w/ most turnovers (31).
2 St. Louis Rams at ARI Held Cardinals to 3 points w/ 9 sacks in Week 5 win.
3 San Francisco 49ers at NO 49ers dominant (7 PA, 6 sacks, 2 INTs, safety) vs. Bears.
4 Seattle Seahawks at MIA Seahawks are No. 3 in total, pass defense, No. 2 in scoring.
5 Chicago Bears vs. MIN Season-worst 32 points, only 2 sacks in loss to 49ers.
6 Houston Texans at DET (Thurs.) Allowed season-high 458 yards against Jaguars.
7 Pittsburgh Steelers at CLE No. 1 in total defense, No. 26 in fantasy scoring.
8 Baltimore Ravens at SD Chargers have 14 turnovers in last five games.
9 Arizona Cardinals vs. STL Picked off Matt Ryan five times last week.
10 Minnesota Vikings at CHI Bears offense hopes to get Cutler (concussion) back.
11 New England Patriots at NYJ (Thurs.) Three INTs, three defensive/special teams TDs vs. Colts.
12 Cleveland Browns vs. PIT Charlie Batch starting at QB for Steelers.
13 Cincinnati Bengals vs. OAK Bengals have allowed 19 points, have 7 sacks in last 2 G.
14 Green Bay Packers at NYG Packers put up 5 sacks, 4 takeaways, TD vs. Lions.
15 Atlanta Falcons at TB Falcons held Cardinals to 41 yards passing last week.
16 New York Giants vs. GB No. 25 passing defense gets shot at Rodgers, Packers.

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 12 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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