Fantasy Football Week 3: Team Defense Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers hits Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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With an exciting second week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 3 fantasy football team defense rankings.

1. San Francisco 49ers

Finally the Niners get a match-up that should reward those who chose them as the number one fantasy defense off the board. They rank eleventh in total defense (310.0 ypg) and tied for ninth in scoring defense (20.5 ppg). They should manhandle the Vikings.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

The Cardinals are 2-0, but it hasn’t been pretty. The Eagles have underachieved on offense, but their defense, which ranks fourth in total defense (267.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (19.5 ppg) has been rock solid.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers rank seventh in total defense (276.5 ypg) and tied for ninth in scoring defense (20.5 ppg). The Raiders are struggling at just 13.5 ppg.

4. Chicago Bears

The Rams get the Bears at a dangerous time. They have had plenty of rest and their pride has been damaged. They rank in the top half in total and scoring defense.

5. Detroit Lions

The Lions rank tenth in total defense (299.5 ypg) and the Titans are last in the league with 11.5 ypg.

6. Green Bay Packers

They are coming off a brilliant game. With extra time to rest they should be solid against Seattle, who has struggled offensively ranking 28th in total offense (284.5 ypg).

7. New York Jets

Miami exploded last week, but were handled by the Texans in the opener. I’m guessing they’re somewhere in between against the Jets.

8. Dallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay is 29th in total offense (282.5 ypg). Dallas ranks ninth in total defense (292.0 ypg)

9. Houston Texans

They rank first in total defense (196.0 ypg) and scoring defense (8.5 ppg). They have a tough match-up against Peyton Manning and Co., but they have been too good to ignore.

10. Indianapolis Colts

They aren’t a sound defensive team, but they are playing at home against Jacksonville’s weak offense. The Jags rank last in total offense (236.0 ypgs) and 30th in scoring (15.0 ppg).

11. Baltimore Ravens

They have a tough match-up against New England, but they are playing at home. They may give up a lot of yards, but they may not yield a ton of points.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars

Andrew Luck has looked good at times, but the Colts are in the bottom third in scoring and total offense.

13. Buffalo Bills

The Bills have been terrible defensively, but if they get that offense going they could make things tough on Cleveland.

14. New Orleans Saints

The Saints may finally look like themselves offensively against the Chiefs. If they make the game one-dimensional, they could make things tough on Kansas City.

15. St. Louis Rams

It all depends on which Jay Cutler shows up, but if the bad one does the Rams could have multiple sacks and picks.


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