After flexing its muscles on the road last week, Seattle increased its grip on the No. 1 spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 16 defense/special teams rankings. The Seahawks picked off Eli Manning five times and recorded four sacks in the dominating 23-0 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVIII in February.
This week the Seahawks are back home, where they are virtually unbeatable, facing an Arizona team against which they collected seven sacks and two picks (22 PA) in their first meeting back in Week 7. The Cardinals' DST meanwhile has been fantasy's most productive DST over the past four weeks, scoring 58 points (Athlon scoring) thanks to 13 sacks and three defensive touchdowns.
Another repeat matchup has New Orleans visiting Carolina with the NFC South division title potentially on the line. The Saints had their way with the Panthers' defense two weeks ago, winning 31-13 behind 313 yards passing and four touchdowns from Drew Brees, but Carolina hasn't lost at home since the season-opener against the aforementioned Seahawks. New Orleans also has struggled on the road this season, losing 27-16 in St. Louis last week and 34-7 in Seattle three games ago. The Saints' defense has been solid in its own right, so don't be surprised if there aren't a bunch of points scored in this game.
2013 NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
San Francisco 49ers
vs. ATL (Mon.)
Kansas City Chiefs
St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Diego Chargers
New Orleans Saints
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 16 Positional Rankings