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2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 9

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.?

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit

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