Fantasy Football Week 5: Team Defense Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 2, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 30: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans and Antonio Smith #94 of the Houston Texans celebrate a fumble recovery against the Tennessee Titans defense on September 30, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Houston Texans won 38 to 14. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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With an exciting fourth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends Week 5 fantasy football team defense rankings.

1. Houston Texans

The Texans lead the league in total defense (273.0 yards per game) and scoring defense (14.0 points per game) and are facing a Jets team that lost their best playmaker (Santonio Holmes). They got shut out last week and are in bad shape.

2. Chicago Bears

The Bears rank fifth in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) and 11th in total defense (316.8 ypg). The Jags rank last in total offense (254.3 ypg) and scoring (15.5 ppg).

3. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals rank third in scoring defense (15.3 ppg) and the Rams rank 26th in scoring offense (19.8 ppg). They also rank 27th in total offense (287.0 ypg)

4. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have faced some strong teams so their defensive numbers aren’t where they usually are. That doesn’t mean they can’t lay the smackdown on Kansas City.

5. San Francisco 49ers

The Niners manhandled the Jets. Buffalo will be a tougher challenge, but they are third in total defense (277.3 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (16.3 ppg).

6. Seattle Seahawks

They play Carolina, who can be explosive, but the Seahawks are tough on defense. They rank second in scoring defense (14.5 ppg) and total defense (275.8 ypg).

7. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers rank fifth in total defense (291.3 ypg) and are facing a team that has had turnover and quarterback protection issues in the Eagles.

8. St. Louis Rams

The Rams have eight interceptions and are allowing 22.0 ppg. They are facing the Cardinals, who are scoring just 22.8 ppg and rank 31st in total offense (271.0 ypg).

9. Green Bay Packers

The Packers rank ninth in scoring defense (20.3 ppg) and total defense (314.3 ypg). They face the Colts who rank 22nd with 22.0 ppg.

10. New York Giants

The Giants are giving up yards, but they have held opponents to 21.0 ppg. The Browns rank 27th in scoring offense (18.3 ppg) and 25th in total offense (311.5 ypg).


11. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings rank seventh in scoring defense (18.0 ppg) and eighth in total defense (313.5 ypg). Plus, with Percy Harvin you never know when they will take a return to the house. Tennessee is 23rd in total offense (314.5 ypg) and scoring offense (20.3 ppg).


12. Cincinnati Bengals

They had a rough start, but returned to form against Jacksonville last week. They should have continued Florida success against Miami.


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