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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 9

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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.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk

Player

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Chicago Bears

at TEN

Defense fueled last week's comeback vs. Panthers.

2

Green Bay Packers

vs. ARI

Defense w/ most sacks vs. offense w/ most sacks allowed.

3

Houston Texans

vs. BUF

Rested Texans coming off of bye.

4

Seattle Seahawks

vs. MIN

Allowing only 14 ppg at home.

5

San Diego Chargers

vs. KC (Thurs.)

Forced 6 turnovers in Week 4 win at Kansas City.

6

Atlanta Falcons

vs. DAL

Falcons 10th against pass (217 ypg).

7

Detroit Lions

at JAC

Lions allowing 16.8 ppg over last four.

8

Denver Broncos

at CIN

Held New Orleans to 252 total yards, 14 pts. last week.

9

Minnesota Vikings

at SEA

Gave up 135 yards rushing to Doug Martin last week.

10

Baltimore Ravens

at CLE

Ravens rested for Round 2 against Browns.

11

Miami Dolphins

at IND

Dolphins are No. 5 in scoring defense (18 ppg).

12

New York Giants

vs. PIT

Picked off Romo 4x last week, but also gave up 437 yds.

13

Pittsburgh Steelers

at NYG

No. 1 passing defense will be tested by Eli, Cruz, Nicks.

14

Cleveland Browns

vs. BAL

Allowed only two field goals to Chargers last week.

15

Arizona Cardinals

at GB

Been better against pass (No. 4) than run (No. 21).

16

Washington Redskins

vs. CAR

Can league's worst pass defense slow down Cam and co.?

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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 9 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit