There is a familiar face at the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 defense/special teams rankings, but that doesn't mean this DST doesn't have a tough task ahead of it. Seattle maintains its top billing in our rankings in large part because the Seahawks are at home and playing a Minnesota team that ranks near the bottom of the offensive rankings. However, the Seahawks' defense will be without cornerback Brandon Browner for the foreseeable future because of a groin injury, meaning the "Legion of Boom" secondary has lost one of its biggest hitters.
The 'Hawks also know that priority number one is to slow down Adrian Peterson. After surrendering more than 200 yards rushing in a two-game span, Seattle's run defense bowed up last week against Atlanta, holding the Falcons to just 64 yards on the ground. The reigning MVP is obviously a different kind of challenge, as the last time he played in the Pacific Northwest Peterson gashed the Seahawks for 187 yards rushing and two touchdowns (Week 9, 2012).
One DST that has been at the top of its game lately is the New York Giants. That's right, the same Giants defense that gave up an average of 391.3 yards and 34.9 points per game in getting off to an 0-6 start has completely turned things around. Over its last three games, all wins, the Big Blue Wrecking Crew has allowed 206.3 yards per game and only two offensive touchdowns. The G-Men also have nine sacks and eight takeaways during this span. Antrel Rolle and company welcome Green Bay to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, as third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien will make his first career NFL start against one of the NFL's hottest defenses. This may be the last time you can buy low on a DST that has a pretty appealing second-half schedule to close things out.
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2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
Teams on bye this week: Dallas, St. Louis
Legion of Boom will miss Browner's (groin) physical presence.
Cardinals 3rd against run, 20th against pass.
vs. NE (Mon.)
Passed first test vs. 49ers, Pats up next on MNF.
Bengals had issues with Browns' passing game back in Week 4.
New York Giants
9 sacks, 8 TOs, just 2 off. TDs allowed over last 3 G.
New England Patriots
at CAR (Mon.)
Patriots 30th against run, 12th against pass.
Kansas City Chiefs
Can pass rush get to gimpy Peyton?
No. 1 passing D vs. No. 31 passing O.
Browns 5th in total defense, 10th in passing.
Green Bay Packers
Packers' D also feeling the absence of Rodgers.
San Francisco 49ers
Ninth-ranked pass D will be tested by Brees and co.
vs. IND (Thurs.)
Can Titans' pass rush do to Luck what Rams (3 sacks, 3 INTs) did?
Broncos' D has been much better against pass in last 3 games.
Held Giants to 118 yards passing, forced 3 TOs (INT TD) last week.
Pass rush virtually non-existent in MNF loss to Bucs.
New York Jets
Gave up season-high 120 yards rushing to Bills in Week 3.
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 11 Positional Rankings