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
Defense fueled last week's comeback vs. Panthers.
Green Bay Packers
Defense w/ most sacks vs. offense w/ most sacks allowed.
Rested Texans coming off of bye.
Allowing only 14 ppg at home.
San Diego Chargers
vs. KC (Thurs.)
Forced 6 turnovers in Week 4 win at Kansas City.
Falcons 10th against pass (217 ypg).
Lions allowing 16.8 ppg over last four.
Held New Orleans to 252 total yards, 14 pts. last week.
Gave up 135 yards rushing to Doug Martin last week.
Ravens rested for Round 2 against Browns.
Dolphins are No. 5 in scoring defense (18 ppg).
New York Giants
Picked off Romo 4x last week, but also gave up 437 yds.
No. 1 passing defense will be tested by Eli, Cruz, Nicks.
Allowed only two field goals to Chargers last week.
Been better against pass (No. 4) than run (No. 21).
Can league's worst pass defense slow down Cam and co.?
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 9 Positional Rankings