St. Louis just missed making Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 7 defense/special teams rankings, but that doesn't mean we can't applaud the Rams for their performance last week. The Rams added to the Texans' woes after racking up five quarterback sacks and holding them to just 13 points. The 38-13 convincing win also featured a total of four takeaways and two defensive scores, including a record 98-yard interception return by St. Louis rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree. The main reason the Rams did not make our rankings this week is that they have been inconsistent as a fantasy DST, although they do have a total of 48 points in their last two games. Maybe the unit will play more up to preseason expectations from here out?
Instead, the No. 1 team in our rankings this week is Kansas City, who will host the aforementioned Texans this Sunday. The Chiefs padded their lead as the top-scoring fantasy DST by racking up an eye-opening 10 sacks in a win over the Raiders. If that wasn't enough, KC added three INTs and a defensive score. Now the Chiefs get a reeling Texans offense that is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. Talk about good timing, or bad if you are going up against the KC DST this week.
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2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
Teams on bye this week: New Orleans, Oakland
Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs racked up 10 sacks and three INTs last week.
at ARI (Thurs.)
Carson Palmer has at least 2 INTs in each of last 4 games.
San Francisco 49ers
49ers have forced 10 turnovers in last four games.
Panthers are third in yards allowed, second in points.
Big Ben vs. BAL: 56.7% passing, 18 TDs, 15 INTs in 12 G.
Bears' DL has been decimated by injuries.
New England Patriots
Pats' D now w/o Mayo and Wilfork, Talib also hurting.
Bengals sacked Thad Lewis five times last week.
Green Bay Packers
Packers' D up to task last week w/o Matthews.
San Diego Chargers
Chargers held Luck, Colts to 3 FGs on MNF.
at NYG (Mon.)
Giants have 23 turnovers and have given up 5 DST TDs.
Texans' offensive woes taking toll on defense too.
If Thad Lewis (foot) can't go, 'Fins get Matt Flynn.
Broncos got Champ Bailey back last week, now Von Miller.
Steelers' D gets in Geno Smith's head, get first 2 INTs.
New York Jets
Jets held Pats to 232 yards, 13 points in Week 2 road loss.
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 7 Positional Rankings