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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 13

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2012 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

Notes

1

San Francisco 49ers

at STL

Last two games: 11 sacks, 4 INTs, 2 defensive TDs, 28 PA.

2

Chicago Bears

vs. SEA

Lead all DSTs with 33 turnovers, 8 defensive TDs.

3

Houston Texans

at TEN

Posted 4 sacks, 3 TOs, 2 def. TDs in Week 4 vs. Titans.

4

New York Jets

vs. ARI

Cardinals have allowed 45 sacks, 4 defensive scores.

5

New England Patriots

at MIA

On a roll w/ 9 TOs, 5 def/special teams TDs in last 2 games.

6

Denver Broncos

vs. TB

Broncos 4th in total defense, 5th vs. pass, 9th vs. rush.

7

Seattle Seahawks

at CHI

Bears have allowed 35 sacks, turned ball over 20 times.

8

Baltimore Ravens

vs. PIT

Steelers had 8 TOs last week, still no Big Ben at QB.

9

Arizona Cardinals

at NYJ

Jets: 5 TOs, allowed Pats' DST to score 3 TDs last week.

10

Dallas Cowboys

vs. PHI

Eagles allowing second-most fantasy points to DSTs.

11

Cincinnati Bengals

at SD

Have at least 3 sacks, 1 TO in three straight games.

12

Pittsburgh Steelers

at BAL

Scored first DTD (INT returned for TD) last week.

13

Carolina Panthers

at KC

Chiefs have league-worst 32 turnovers.

14

Cleveland Browns

at OAK

Nine sacks, eight takeaways in last two games combined.

15

Green Bay Packers

vs. MIN

Managed just one sack, no TOs and 38 PA vs. Giants.

16

New York Giants

at WAS (Mon.)

Three sacks, 4 TOs, 23 PA in Week 7 win vs. Redskins.

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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 13 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 13 Waiver Wire