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
Road-weary 'Hawks glad to be home.
Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs leading NFL with 21 sacks, 8 FR.
vs. NYG (Thurs.)
Giants have 20 turnovers, 15 sacks allowed.
San Francisco 49ers
49ers have flexed muscles last 2 games.
Shut down Brady, next up Thad Lewis?
Can't blame the Texans' D for slide.
Probably won't give up 506 passing yards to Jags.
No. 7 rushing defense gets AP at home.
New York Jets
Getting job done w/ only 3 forced turnovers so far.
at SD (Mon.)
Rivers has 5 INTs in last 2 games.
Browns have 12 sacks over last 3 games.
Lions' D-line could spell trouble for Browns.
Titans' D in for tough test in Pacific Northwest.
Suggs truly sizzling last week vs. Dolphins.
Bill have picked off nine passes already.
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