2013 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings: NFL Week 16

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 18, 2013

Oct 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) intercepts a pass against the St. Louis Rams as free safety Earl Thomas (29) and cornerback Brandon Browner (39) look on during the first half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 16 fantasy football team defense rankings.


1. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks lead the NFL in total defense at 279.5 yards allowed per game and scoring defense at 14.6 points allowed per game. They rank ninth in the league with 40 sacks and second in the league with 33 forced turnovers. The Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards rank 19th in total offense (339.5 yards per game) and 15th in scoring offense (24.4 points per game) with 38 sacks allowed and 25 turnovers.


2. San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers rank third in total defense (299.1 YPG allowed) and scoring defense (16.3 PPG allowed) with 36 sacks and 26 takeaways. The Niners face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons rank 16th in total offense (341.5 YPG) and 22nd in scoring offense (22.1 PPG) with 34 sacks allowed and 25 turnovers.


3. Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs rank fourth in the league in scoring defense (18.2 YPG allowed), third in sacks (43) and first in turnovers (35). They face the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts rank 22nd in total offense (337.3 YPG) and 16th in scoring offense (24.1 PPG). Indianapolis has allowed 34 sacks.


4. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals rank sixth in total defense (318.4 YPG allowed) and scoring defense (19.6 PPG allowed). They have 37 sacks and 24 takeaways. The Bengals play at home against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 37 sacks and have committed 26 turnovers.


5. Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos have struggled defensively, but they get a reprieve as they face the Houston Texans. The Texans rank 29th in scoring offense at 18.1 points per game. Houston has been sacked 38 times and has committed 25 turnovers.


6. Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns rank eighth in total defense at 328.9 yards per game allowed. They have 39 sacks and 19 takeaways. Cleveland faces the New York Jets. The Jets rank 30th in total offense (306.7 YPG) and 31st in scoring offense (17.6 PPG). The Jets have allowed the second-most sacks (47) and have the third-most turnovers (29).


7. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are a middle-of-the road defense, but they are facing a New York Giants team that has mailed it in. The G-Men rank 28th in total offense (311.6 YPG), 30th in scoring offense (17.9) and last in turnovers (39).


8. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins rank ninth in scoring defense with 21.1 points allowed per game. They have 41 sacks and 23 turnovers. They face the Buffalo Bills. The Bills rank 23rd in total offense (330.5 YPG) and 24th in scoring offense (21.4 PPG). Buffalo has allowed 43 sacks and 26 takeaways.


9. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills lead the league with 49 sacks, and the Dolphins have allowed the most sacks (51). Miami is 24th in total offense (329.1 YPG) and 21st in scoring offense (22.1 PPG).


10. Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers rank second in the league in total defense (296.3 YPG allowed) and scoring defense (14.9 PPG allowed). A tough matchup against the New Orleans Saints has them as only a borderline starting fantasy defense.

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