Seattle still reigns atop Athlon Sports’ Week 2 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings, but watch out for Houston. Led by recently minted $100 million man J.J. Watt, the Texans dominated the Redskins in all facets of the game. Watt alone had a sack, a fumble recovery, a pass deflection and blocked an extra point in the 17-6 victory. As a team, Houston forced two fumbles, had three sacks and blocked two kicks, including a punt that resulted in a touchdown. Next up for the Texans? A date with Oakland and rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Good luck, rook.
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2014 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
Champs tough In opening win over Packers.
After roughing up RG3, Watt and co. get rookie QB Carr.
Shorthanded Cards' D got job done on MNF.
Panthers' D gets Lions' high-powered O.
St. Louis Rams
Rams' D-line could give Bucs fits.
New Bronco defenders making presence felt.
Ryan had Falcons' O rolling against Saints.
San Francisco 49ers
Bears' offense could be interesting test.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs' Tampa 2 still a work in progress.
New England Patriots
Patriots got run over by Dolphins.
vs. PIT (Thurs.)
This rivalry matchup is usually tight, low-scoring.
Green Bay Packers
Geno Smith has 19 TOs in 17 career games.
Titans off Alex Smith three times in Week 1.
Dolphins' pass rush roughed up Brady.
New Orleans Saints
Saints' D looking to rebound vs. Browns.
Bills held Bears' O in check on road last week.
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
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