Fantasy Football Week 7: Early Top 15 Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIOctober 16, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Outside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After getting punished by the New York Giants in Week 6, the San Francisco 49ers defense has to be seething. The 49ers have a short week and will see the Seattle Seahawks at home on Thursday night.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had a nice fantasy day against the New England Patriots on Sunday, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns—both career highs.

That was largely done because the Seahawks were forced to throw the ball to keep up with the Patriots offense. Chances are, Seattle saw what the New York Giants did against the 49ers in the running game and will opt to test out that defense again with Marshawn Lynch.

San Francisco should be more than willing to have the Seahawks run the ball into its (usual) brick wall, forcing Wilson to beat them via the pass for the second week in a row.

The 49ers defense is simply better than the Patriots, and a home date with this rookie could result in fantasy fireworks. In a week where most good fantasy defenses don’t have favorable matchups, San Francisco is my No. 2 D/ST for the week.

No. 1 belongs to a team that was on a bye in Week 6 and plays on Monday night in Week 7: the Chicago Bears.

Chicago will be matched up against the Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford, who has not thrown for multiple touchdowns in any one game this season.

The only game that Chicago allowed a quarterback to throw more than one score on its defense was in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Tony Romo paid for that mild success with five interceptions.

Stafford has thrown five interceptions on the season and the Bears have taken the ball away from every starting quarterback they’ve faced.

That’s a recipe for turnovers on Monday night.

Chicago has given up four total passing touchdowns on the year, while Stafford has thrown for the same amount.

So if the Bears have stopped the pass, and you know they’ll suffocate the run, why wouldn’t this be the No. 1 D/ST in Week 7?

Here’s the top 15.


1. Chicago Bears (vs. Detroit Lions)

2. San Francisco 49ers (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

3. Houston Texans (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

4. Green Bay Packers (at St. Louis Rams)

5. New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

6. Minnesota Vikings (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

7. Dallas Cowboys (at Carolina Panthers)

8. Seattle Seahawks (at San Francisco 49ers)

9. Oakland Raiders (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

10. New York Giants (vs. Washington Redskins)

11. St. Louis Rams (vs. Green Bay Packers)

12. Detroit Lions (at Chicago Bears)

13. Tennessee Titans (at Buffalo Bills)

14. Arizona Cardinals (at Minnesota Vikings)

15. New York Jets (at New England Patriots)