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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 5

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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.

Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Houston Texans

at NYJ (Mon.)

Just like 49ers, Texans should feast on Jets' O in disarray.

2

Chicago Bears

at JAC

Bears abused Romo (5 INTs) on MNF, greener Gabbert next.

3

Arizona Cardinals

at STL (Thurs.)

No. 2 DEF in fantasy, second in league in sacks (16).

4

Seattle Seahawks

at CAR

Hawks D vs. Cam Newton will be fun to watch.

5

Baltimore Ravens

at KC

Chiefs have turned ball over NFL-worst 15 times.

6

San Francisco 49ers

vs. BUF

Looking to feast on AFC East for second week in a row.

7

St. Louis Rams

vs. ARI (Thurs.)

Rams been strong against pass (8 INTs) so far.

8

Minnesota Vikings

vs. TEN

Vikings can get to QB, make big special teams plays.

9

New York Giants

vs. CLE

Will T-Rich run on G-Men like McCoy (123 yds.)?

10

Atlanta Falcons

at WAS

Last week it was Cam, this week it's RGIII.

11

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs. PHI

Should get Polamalu, Harrison back.

12

Green Bay Packers

at IND

Packers looking to pressure rookie Luck into mistakes.

13

Philadelphia Eagles

at PIT

Will need to get pressure on Big Ben to slow down passing attack.

14

Miami Dolphins

at CIN

Fins better against run than pass, could be issue with Green.

15

Cincinnati Bengals

vs. MIA

Leading league in sacks with 17.

16

New England Patriots

vs. DEN

Pats rely on turnovers, Manning has just 3 INTs so far.

17

New York Jets

vs. HOU (Mon.)

Offensive issues starting to bring down D.

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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 5 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

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