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Team Defense Rankings - Week 11
Darin Tietgen
November 15, 2007

Tier One - Must Starts

  1. Green Bay – The Panthers will be starting an old, statuesque Vinny Testaverde, a horrible David Carr or a very green Matt Moore at QB.  Should be a long day for the Panther D as the Packers’ D is hot right now and could sack the QB 3-4 times and cause 2-3 turnovers.
  2. New England – Well-rested after their bye, they should pound the Bills, despite Buffalo playing some decent football.  They put up 13 fantasy points in their Week 3 meeting.  Expect about the same, if not a bit more.
  3. San Diego –Now the top-ranked fantasy D in this format.  Jag QB David Garrard could be back for this one – but might still be a bit gimpy. 
  4. Seattle – Ranked them here as a good start last week and they came through.  They could be a very good start against Rex Grossman and the Bears this week. 

Tier Two - Good Starts

  1. Pittsburgh3 points 3 weeks ago, 2 points last week.  That’s a little surprising so they don’t get “must start” status this week.  They could, however, put up big stats against Kellen Clemens and the Jets.
  2. Detroit – A pretty tough matchup against the Giants awaits, but the Cowboy D mustered up 9 fantasy points last week, so the Lions should be able to do about the same if not a bit more. 
  3. Indianapolis – The Colts will be missing DE Dwight Freeney but will still put up solid fantasy stats against a Chief squad which is set to start the green Brodie Croyle at QB

Tier Three – Average Starts

  1. Tennessee – Looked a little lost without Albert Haynesworth last week but should put up solid stats against the Broncos this week.
  2. Cincinnati – Looked great last week and could do similar damage to the Cardinals this week.  You at least know their secondary will have plenty of chances at picking QB Kurt Warner off.
  3.  Dallas – They have put up 9 fantasy points in each of the past two weeks and could do about the same against the Redskins. 
  4. Tampa Bay – The Bucs haven’t looked great (only 10 fantasy points over past two games) but do face a horrible Atlanta squad set to face Byron Leftwich for some reason.
  5. Chicago –Their D is pretty much all this team has at this point.  Rex Grossman will turn the ball over plenty, forcing the Bear D to have to bear down if they have any chance at an upset win in Seattle. 

Track Record – Week 10
(Last week’s rank/Actual rank)

  • Detroit (12):  As you’ll see below, it was a real tough week to rank fantasy defenses.  Hence a number of upsets.  The Lions had decent defensive stats but gave up 31 points to the Cards.  Not good.
  • Tennessee (26):  The Titans had trouble with the Jag offense.  One sack, one turnover?  That’s not the Titans we know and love.  They miss Albert Haynesworth apparently.
  • New Orleans (23):   Four sacks, but no turnovers.  And 37 points given up to the Rams?  The Saints are apparently not that good of a D and couldn’t even put up numbers against the struggling Rams.
  • Seattle (4):  Finally, a defense playing up to its ranking.  The Niners are just terrible and the Hawks were solid.
  • Buffalo (15):  Should have got a few more sacks and could have forced a turnover or two.  The safety and only 10 points allowed were nice, though.
  • Washington (17):  Figured they would play the Eagles better than they did.  Couple of sacks, couple of fumble recoveries, but nothing else and they gave up 33 to an up-and-down Eagle team.
  • Dallas (14):  Nine fantasy points isn’t bad, but we expected more against the G-men.  Five sacks gives us some hope against their remaining opponents.
  • Pittsburgh (27):  What the heck?  1 fumble recovery and no sacks?  No INTs?  The Steelers will have to get back to strong defensive football if they want to keep winning. 
  • Kansas City (19):  Sack, safety, INT, but gave up 20 to the Broncos at home.  Looked like a sneaky pick but didn’t come through. 
  • Cincinnati (3):  Boy the Ravens are bad.  Maybe this Bengal D will get rolling after this 21-fantasy point effort.
  • Baltimore (25):  OK the Raven D is just not good.  Granted, the Bengal offense managed to move the ball only for field goals.  But the Raven D just doesn’t look elite – or anywhere close to it – anymore. 
  • Green Bay (5):  The Packers’ D is playing pretty solid football and shut the Vikes out on Sunday.

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