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Fantasy Football 2013 Def/Special Teams Rankings: Week 6

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Even though Seattle lost last week in Indianapolis, the Seahawks are still No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 6 defense/special teams rankings because they are back home and are facing a Tennessee offense that is starting its backup quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick). The Titans' DST is not necessarily a bad play this week either. Not only are the Titans a top-five fantasy DST entering Week 6, the unit has done a good job getting to the quarterback (16 sacks) and forcing turnovers (6 INTs, 5 fumbles).

No DST has played better in recent weeks, however, than San Francisco. After getting off to a slow start, the 49ers' defense has really flexed its muscles in the last two games, despite being without All-Pro linebackers Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis. In Week 4, the unit sacked Sam Bradford five times and held the Rams to one touchdown and 11 total points. Then last week, the 49ers held the Texans to one lone field goal and picked Matt Schaub off three times, returning one for a touchdown. This week, San Francisco is again at home and facing an Arizona offense that has turned the ball over 11 times (9 INTs, 2 fumbles) already and is having trouble scoring (18.2 ppg).

Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 6

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.

2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams






Seattle Seahawks

vs. TEN

Road-weary 'Hawks glad to be home.


Kansas City Chiefs

vs. OAK

Chiefs leading NFL with 21 sacks, 8 FR.


Chicago Bears

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

Giants have 20 turnovers, 15 sacks allowed.


San Francisco 49ers

vs. ARI

49ers have flexed muscles last 2 games.


Cincinnati Bengals

at BUF

Shut down Brady, next up Thad Lewis?


Houston Texans

vs. STL

Can't blame the Texans' D for slide.


Denver Broncos

vs. JAC

Probably won't give up 506 passing yards to Jags.


Carolina Panthers

at MIN

No. 7 rushing defense gets AP at home.


New York Jets

vs. PIT

Getting job done w/ only 3 forced turnovers so far.


Indianapolis Colts

at SD (Mon.)

Rivers has 5 INTs in last 2 games.


Cleveland Browns

vs. DET

Browns have 12 sacks over last 3 games.


Detroit Lions

at CLE

Lions' D-line could spell trouble for Browns.


Tennessee Titans

at SEA

Titans' D in for tough test in Pacific Northwest.


Baltimore Ravens

vs. GB

Suggs truly sizzling last week vs. Dolphins.


Buffalo Bills

vs. CIN

Bill have picked off nine passes already.


Pittsburgh Steelers

at NYJ

Geno looked awfully good on MNF vs. ATL.

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 6 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


Week 6 Waiver Wire