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 14 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
San Francisco 49ers
49ers get rookie Tannehill at home w/ no Jake Long.
How will secondary fare w/o Browner?
at OAK (Thurs.)
Second in league w/ 38 sacks, 7 D/ST TDs.
Bears could be w/o several defensive starters.
Chargers have turned ball over 24 times.
New York Jets
Jaguars have allowed 38 sacks, second-most in NFL.
Chiefs have 32 TOs, Browns have forced 26.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 1 vs. the run, which is only thing Eagles can do.
San Diego Chargers
No. 7 fantasy DST, Steelers' QB situation uncertain.
St. Louis Rams
Had 3 sacks, safety, fumble recovery last week.
Cards are No. 8 in fantasy scoring among DSTs.
Has allowed 13 or fewer pts. in each of last 4.
at NE (Mon.)
Texans need to shore up pass D vs. Patriots.
New England Patriots
vs. HOU (Mon.)
No. 9 rushing defense vs. Arian Foster and Co.
Falcons picked Brees off five times last week.
RGIII on tap, Ray Lewis may be back this week.
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 14 Positional Rankings