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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 7

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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.

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Chicago Bears

vs. DET (Mon.)

In just 5 games, has scored 29 more points than No. 2 DST

2

San Francisco 49ers

vs. SEA (Thurs.)

Should be plenty motivated after last week's performance.

3

Minnesota Vikings

vs. ARI

Vikings glad they won't be seeing RGIII again this week.

4

Houston Texans

vs. BAL

Another defense looking to put Week 6 behind them.

5

Seattle Seahawks

at SF (Thurs.)

Hawks' D did job at home against NE, SF road test on tap.

6

Arizona Cardinals

at MIN

Cardinals are No. 4 in league in scoring defense.

7

Green Bay Packers

at STL

Packers held Texans' vaunted rushing attack to 90 yards.

8

Pittsburgh Steelers

at CIN

Even w/o Polamalu, Steelers D is healthier than O.

9

New England Patriots

vs. NYJ

Patriots No. 6 in rush defense so far, Jets had 252 last week.

10

Baltimore Ravens

at HOU

Ravens' D will certainly miss Lewis, Webb.

11

Dallas Cowboys

at CAR

Cowboys' D hoping to contain Cam.

12

New York Giants

vs. WAS

Giants dominated 49ers, looking for repeat performance vs. RGIII.

13

Cincinnati Bengals

vs. PIT

Steelers' o-line, RBs are hurting.

14

Cleveland Browns

at IND

Browns already have 10 interceptions, Luck has 7.

15

Buffalo Bills

vs. TEN

Bills' D finally showed signs of life last week in Arizona.

16

Oakland Raiders

vs. JAC

Raiders have a total of 4 sacks so far.

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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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit