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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 11 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. San Diego Chargers
2. Denver Broncos
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Detroit Lions
5. Buffalo Bills
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Houston Texans
8. Cleveland Browns
9. Washington Redskins
10. Chicago Bears
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 11 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks rank third in total defense with 289 yards allowed per game and scoring defense with 15.9 points allowed per game. They are tied for fifth with 31 sacks and are tied for second with 22 forced turnovers. The Seahawks are playing a home game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes rank 28th in total offense (315.7 yards per game) and have turned the ball over 18 times. Christian Ponder has looked better of late, but he’s banged up.
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2. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals rank 13th in total defense (330.6 ypg allowed) and 12th in scoring defense (22 ppg allowed). They have 26 sacks and 20 takeaways. The Cards take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank last in total offense (278.4 ypg) and scoring offense (12.8 ppg). They have allowed 31 sacks and have 17 turnovers.
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3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals rank fourth in total defense (311.4 ypg allowed) and sixth in scoring defense (18.6 ppg allowed). They have 30 sacks and 16 takeaways. The Bengals play the Cleveland Browns. The Browns rank 25th in total offense (316.8 ypg) and 26th in scoring offense (19.1 ppg). Cleveland has been sacked 30 times.
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4. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers rank second in total defense (283.3 ypg allowed) and scoring defense (12.8 ppg allowed). They have 29 sacks and 21 takeaways. I don’t love their matchup against the New England Patriots, but they have the front seven in place to make life difficult for Tom Brady and company.
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5. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans lead the league in total defense with 280 yards allowed per game. They have a solid matchup against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders rank 18th in total offense (330.8 ypg) and 29th in scoring offense (18.4 ppg). They have allowed 36 sacks and turned the ball over 16 times.
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6. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots rank seventh in scoring defense with 19.4 points per game allowed. They have 29 sacks and 19 takeaways. I’m expecting a physical game against the Panthers. Carolina ranks 20th in total offense (323.6 ypg) and 15th in scoring offense (23.8 ppg).
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7. San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers rank 13th in scoring defense with 22.4 points per game allowed. They face the struggling Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins rank 30th in total offense (303.9 ypg) and 20th in scoring offense (21.4 ppg). They have been sacked an NFL-high 37 times and they have 16 turnovers. Miami is short-handed at offensive line because of their scandal. They can’t run block or pass protect.
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8. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts got embarrassed last week, but they are better than that. They rank ninth in scoring defense (21.4 ppg allowed). They have 24 sacks and 14 takeaways. The Colts face the Tennessee Titans. The Titans rank 21st in total offense (322.9 ypg) and 19th in scoring offense (22.2). The loss of Jake Locker hurts.
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9. New York Jets
The New York Jets rank eighth in total defense with 325.2 yards per game allowed. They have 27 sacks. The Jets take on the Buffalo Bills. The Bills rank 16th in total offense (332.9 ypg) and 28th in scoring offense (18.8 ppg). The Jets lead the league in rushing defense at 73.8 yards allowed per game.
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10. New York Giants
The New York Giants have held the Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Raiders to an 11.3 points per game average during their three-game winning streak. They take on the Green Bay Packers with Scott Tolzien at the helm.
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With an exciting tenth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 11 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Houston Texans
The Texans rank second in total defense (281.6 yards allowed per game) and third in scoring defense (15.9 points allowed per game). The Jaguars rank last in both total offense (263.6 yards per game) and scoring offense 14.1 points per game).
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2. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons rank 20th in total defense (365.6), but sixth in scoring defense (19.3). The Cardinals rank 31st in both total offense (295.4) and scoring offense (16.0). They also allow more sacks (41) than anyone.
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3. Chicago Bears
We know what the Bears can do with turnovers. Plus, the Niners are tied for second for sacks allowed (29). The Bears also rank fifth in total defense (307.3) and second in scoring defense (14.8).
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4. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals do not have a great defense, but they are taking on Kansas City. The Chiefs rank 18th in total offense (350) and 30th in scoring offense (16.2).
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5. St. Louis Rams
The Rams rank 15th in total defense (342.8) and 19th in scoring defense (23.3). The Jets rank 30th in total offense (302.7) and 24th in scoring offense (19.4). They have combined for 16 points in their past to games.
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6. Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank sixth in total defense (316.8) and 10th in scoring defense (21.0). The Chargers rank 22nd in total offense (334.6) and 17th in scoring offense (23.2).
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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are giving up a ton of yards, but are middle-of-the road in scoring defense (23.2). The Panthers rank 23rd in total offense (334.3) and 27th in scoring offense (18.1).
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8. San Francisco 49ers
I am still bitter about the Niners costing me a win last week. They were brutal against the Rams. San Francisco still ranks third in total defense (292.1) and tops in scoring defense (14.1). The Bears will likely be without Jay Cutler. Plus, they allow a ton of sacks.
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9. Dallas Cowboys
The Boys rank eighth in total defense (318.8) and 17th in scoring defense (22.7). Cleveland ranks 29th in total offense (312) and 26th in scoring offense (18.8).
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10. New York Jets
The Jets are a middle-of-the road defense, but the Rams rank 24th in total offense (332.2) and 28th in scoring offense (17.9).
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 11 2011 fantasy football defense rankings.
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1. San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona: Skelton looked good last week but the Niners are a different animal. They are only giving up 333.6 ypg and a league low 15.3 ppg.
2. Dallas Cowboys @ Washington: The Redskins (15.1 ppg, 6.7 in past three) can’t score. DeMarcus Ware will make it a long day on whoever they put under center.
3. New York Jets @ Denver: Don’t think Tebow will have any tricks up his sleeve that Rex Ryan hasn’t already sniffed out.
4. Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay: The Packers’ offense makes teams one-dimensional. Then their speed on defense takes over.
5. Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati: They return home after a humiliating loss. Wouldn’t want to be in Andy Dalton’s shoes.
6. New York Giants vs. Philadelphia: Giants defenders will be “dreaming” about sacks and picks. Sacks and picks.
7. New England Patriots vs. Kansas City: I question the Chiefs ability to move the ball without Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland: The Jags are giving up just 296.4 ypg and 18.4 ppg. Cleveland is averaging 294.1 and 14.6 on offense.
9. Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville: The Browns are giving up 306.1 ypg and 20.1 ypg. The Jags are averaging 243.6 and 12.8 on offense.
10. Buffalo @ Miami: The Bills give up their share of points and yards but they make plays on defense. They have 20 takeaways.
11. Seattle @ St. Louis: Seahawks are middle-of-the road defensively but the Rams are dead last with 12.6 ppg.
12. Chicago vs. San Diego: Only giving up 16.3 ppg during their four-game winning streak (13.7 in the three homes games).
13. Cincinnati vs. Baltimore: The Ravens are unpredictable but Cincy (304.2 ypg & 18.2 ppg) has a defense that could slow them down.
14. Detroit vs. Carolina: Only allowing 16.0 ppg at home this year.
15. St. Louis vs. Seattle: Seattle averaging 299.6 ypg and 16.0 ppg on offense.
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Here’s my Week 11 team defense rankings.

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1. Baltimore @ Carolina
2. Kansas City vs. Arizona
3. New Orleans vs. Seattle
4. Tennessee vs. Washington
5. Miami vs. Chicago
6. Pittsburgh vs. Oakland
7. Green Bay @ Minnesota
8. Chicago @ Miami
9. Atlanta @ St. Louis
10. Dallas vs. Detroit
11. Tampa Bay @ San Francisco
12. San Francisco vs. Tampa Bay
13. San Diego vs. Denver
14. Jacksonville vs. Cleveland
15. Detroit @ Dallas

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Inside the numbers:

  • We’ll see if my #1 jinx continues. The Ravens should manhandle the Panthers, but my top teams (Giants, Patriots, Dallas, Baltimore) have struggled in the past four weeks.
  • Arizona has been more competitive in recent weeks, but have a tough draw against the Chiefs on the road.
  • Washington is in complete disarray. Look for Tennessee to capitalize. The Titans could lead all teams in sacks this week.
  • Green Bay typically struggles a bit in the Metrodome, but the Vikings are in the tank. Clay Matthews should spend a lot of time looking down at Brett Favre this week.
  • Because of their match-ups, the Eagles, Giants, Colts, Jets, and Patriots aren’t strong plays this week.

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