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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 8

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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.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Chicago Bears

vs. CAR

Bears looking to add to Panthers' woes.

2

San Francisco 49ers

at ARI (Mon.)

49ers could seize control of NFC West with W.

3

Green Bay Packers

vs. JAC

Jaguars will be w/o MJD, possibly Gabbert too.

4

Seattle Seahawks

at DET

Hawks allowing 16 ppg on road.

5

Minnesota Vikings

vs. TB (Thurs.)

Vikings hoping to slow down Freeman/passing game.

6

Arizona Cardinals

vs. SF (Mon.)

Cardinals gave up 153 yards to Peterson, Gore up next.

7

New England Patriots

vs. STL (London)

Patriots gave up 403 total yards vs. Jets last week.

8

Atlanta Falcons

at PHI

Falcons hoping to capitalize on turnover-prone Eagles.

9

Detroit Lions

vs. SEA

Defense played well in 13-7 loss to Chicago on MNF.

10

Miami Dolphins

at NYJ

Dolphins held Jets to 93 yds. rushing in Week 3 loss.

11

San Diego Chargers

at CLE

Facing Weeden welcome sight after getting Brees/Peyton.

12

New York Giants

at DAL

Gave up 433 total yards to Cowboys in Week 1 loss.

13

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs. WAS

Steelers No. 1 in total defense, No. 2 against pass.

14

New York Jets

vs. MIA

Have allowed only 172 yards rushing last two games.

15

Cleveland Browns

vs. SD

Chargers' Rivers turned ball over six times in last game.

16

Dallas Cowboys

vs. NYG

Held Giants to 269 yards of offense in Week 1 win.

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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 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit