2013 Fantasy Football DEF Rankings – Week 3

Sep 18, 2013

With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 3 fantasy football team defense rankings.
1. Seattle Seahawks
It’s almost unfair that the Seattle Seahawks, fresh off of destroying the San Francisco 49ers, get to face the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Seattle leads the league in both total defense (230 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (five points allowed per game). Jacksonville ranks last in total offense (213 yards per game) and scoring offense (5.5 points per game). To make matters worse, they are playing in Seattle.
2. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are middle-of-the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense, but they have faced two playoff teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings). They have forced six turnovers and have already scored a defensive touchdown. The Pittsburgh Steelers rank 31st in total offense (236 ypg) and 30th in scoring offense (9.5 ppg). The Steelers simply cannot run the football and the do not have sufficient weapons in the passing game to be a viable offense. The only saving grace is this game is in Pittsburgh. There’s still big trouble in the Steel City.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings have been burned for 440 yards and 30 points per game by the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears respectively. Things should improve this week though as they take on the Cleveland Browns at home following two road games. The Browns rank 28th in total offense (275 ypg) and 31st in scoring offense eight ppg). Brian Hoyer is playing quarterback and they traded away Trent Richardson. The Vikings are licking their chops.
4. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are also middle-of-the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense after facing the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants. They get a reprieve this week as they face the Oakland Raiders at home. The Raiders rank are averaging 356 yards and 18 points per game. Denver’s offense should force Oakland to abandon the run, making them one-dimensional. I don’t think Terrelle Pryor is up to the task.
5. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots rank eighth in total defense (302 ypg) and are tied for sixth in scoring defense (15.5ppg). They are facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. The Bucs are in disarray as there is turmoil surrounding Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano. They rank 29th in total offense (261.5 ypg) and 27th in scoring offense (15.5 ppg).
6. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are middle-of-the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense despite playing the Patriots in Week 1. They face the New York Jets, who rank 25th in total offense (311 ypg) and 29th in scoring offense (14 ppg). Mario Williams had 4.5 sacks last week. Geno Smith has already been sacked nine times.
7. New York Giants
The New York Giants rank 20th in total defense (373.5 ypg) despite allowing the most points (38.5 ppg). Things should improve this week against a struggling Carolina Panthers team that ranks 27th in total offense (280.5 ypg) and 28th in scoring offense (15.0 ppg).
8. San Francisco 49ers
After getting embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks last week, the San Francisco 49ers will be out for blood. Unfortunately, they face the Indianapolis Colts so they are more of a low-end starting fantasy football defense this week. The Colts are middle-of-the-pack in terms of total offense and scoring offense. The game is in San Francisco, which helps the Niners’ cause.
9. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans rank fourth in total defense (255.5 ypg). The Baltimore Ravens have yet to regain their Super Bowl form. Ray Rice (hip) could be limited or miss the game entirely.
10. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns rank sixth in total defense (285.5 ypg) and 12th in scoring defense (18.5 ppg). They are only allowing 59.5 rushing yards per game at 2.0 yards per carry. If they can slow Adrian Peterson (I know, big if), I like their odds against Christian Ponder. Joe Haden will take Greg Jennings out of the equation. If the Vikings start slow, the home crowd could turn on them as the frustration with Ponder, Leslie Frazier and Bill Musgrave is at an all-time high.
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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. FoSkins
    September 18th, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Hey there, I currently have Ravens D/ST as only one on my roster as they face Houston this week. Would you drop Jerome Simpson, Britt or Marlon Brown for a second D in any of the following: Steelers, Jets, Titans, Vikings, Falcons, Browns and Chiefs. I like Chiefs D but not this week vs Philly. Vikings have a nice matchup this week, but also thinking long term. 12 team league. Thanks!

  2. LestersLegends
    September 18th, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I’d drop simpson for MN D. They have nice matchup next two weeks.

  3. FoSkins
    September 18th, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Thanks, yeah didn’t see they have Pittsburgh and their woeful offense the week after. Appreciate it!

  4. LestersLegends
    September 18th, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    no problem.

  5. dudesta
    September 18th, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    im stuck between packers, vikings, or detroit…. who do you think will get the most points. im sure all 3 of them will win their games.

  6. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    I’d go MN, especially in light of the T-Rich trade

  7. Lofty
    September 20th, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Hey RL, thanks as always…

    Am I really going to pick up the CLE D (w/o dropping Cincy D) and then play instead of said Cincy D? I still like talent over matchup, in this case, despite the Pack rolling into the Queen City. What say you?


  8. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I’m avoiding facing the Packers, personally. Cleveland does have a strong defense as well.

  9. Ken
    September 22nd, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    re the Vi-Queens, I believe I speak for most Minnesotans and the football-watching public in saying, begging, demanding (!) that Christian Ponder needs to go, if not also the whole coaching staff.
    Without having all the data, I’m going out on a limb – MN has to be at or near last in the NFL in – dare I say – every stinking category. Most ranked college teams would scare / contend with them – if not win outright.
    Disastrous. A potentially winless season. Futility personified.

  10. LestersLegends
    September 22nd, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    It is a disgrace. I would start with Musgrave now and see if Ponder shows any improvement without him. If he doesn’t show major improvement, he’s gone, along with Frazier.

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