2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 14

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

Rk Player OPPONENT Notes
1 San Francisco 49ers vs. MIA 49ers get rookie Tannehill at home w/ no Jake Long.
2 Seattle Seahawks vs. ARI How will secondary fare w/o Browner?
3 Denver Broncos at OAK (Thurs.) Second in league w/ 38 sacks, 7 D/ST TDs.
4 Chicago Bears at MIN Bears could be w/o several defensive starters.
5 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SD Chargers have turned ball over 24 times.
6 New York Jets at JAC Jaguars have allowed 38 sacks, second-most in NFL.
7 Cleveland Browns vs. KC Chiefs have 32 TOs, Browns have forced 26.
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI No. 1 vs. the run, which is only thing Eagles can do.
9 San Diego Chargers vs. PIT No. 7 fantasy DST, Steelers' QB situation uncertain.
10 St. Louis Rams at BUF Had 3 sacks, safety, fumble recovery last week.
11 Arizona Cardinals at SEA Cards are No. 8 in fantasy scoring among DSTs.
12 Cincinnati Bengals vs. DAL Has allowed 13 or fewer pts. in each of last 4.
13 Houston Texans at NE (Mon.) Texans need to shore up pass D vs. Patriots.
14 New England Patriots vs. HOU (Mon.) No. 9 rushing defense vs. Arian Foster and Co.
15 Atlanta Falcons at CAR Falcons picked Brees off five times last week.
16 Baltimore Ravens at WAS 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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Week 14 Waiver Wire

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