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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 16 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Buffalo Bills
2. New England Patriots
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Detroit Lions
7. Tennessee Titans
8. St. Louis Rams
9. San Diego Chargers
10. Arizona Cardinals
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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.
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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).
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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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Predicting a defense can sometimes feel like a shot in the dark. The Detroit Lions had a juicy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals last week. That should have been a slam dunk. Not so much. Seriously, you have better odds at PartyCasino.com. When you’re done collecting your winnings, stop on back and check out the 2012 Week 16 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Chicago Bears
The Lions may have failed to contain the Cardinals, but the Bears will be a more ferocious foe. Da Bears rank fifth in total defense and third in scoring defense. The Cardinals rank last in total offense and 30th in scoring offense. Chicago’s ability to force turnovers should lead to a monster fantasy score.
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2. Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank fourth in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. Their offense will likely take the running game out of the equation for the Cleveland Browns. That’s when it gets ugly. The Browns rank 26th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense.
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3. New England Patriots
The Patriots were embarrassed defensively by the San Francisco 49ers last week. They will get whole against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank 31st in both total offense and scoring offense.
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4. Green Bay Packers
The Packers held their three divisional foes to 15.7 points per game during their current three-game winning streak. They are facing the Tennessee Titans at home. The Titans rank 23rd in both total offense and scoring offense. They have averaged 16.5 points in their past four games.
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5. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have an average defense, but have a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs rank 25th in total offense and dead last in scoring offense. They were shutout by the Oakland Raiders last week.
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6. Houston Texans
I would have the Texans ranked higher if Adrian Peterson wasn’t running like a man possessed. The Texans have been vulnerable to the pass of late, but Christian Ponder is incapable of challenging them downfield.
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7. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers aren’t a strong defensive unit, but the New York Jets are in full self-destruct mode. They rank 30th in total offense and 28th in scoring offense. They have averaged just 13.3 points in their last four games. There is a lack of talent on the team, and the Tebow Experiment was a complete failure.
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8. Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton has the Panthers at least going in the right direction. Meanwhile the Raiders, despite last week’s shutout, have hit the skids. They are averaging 14.4 points in their past five games. They are playing on the road, where they are averaging just 15.8 points in six games.
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9. New York Jets
The Jets may be a mess on offense, but they have buckled down on defense, allowing just 10 points per game during their past three games. The Chargers rank 28th in total offense and 21st in scoring offense.
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10. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rank third in total defense and second in scoring defense. They have a tough matchup with the 49ers, but they are playing at home.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 16 2011 fantasy football defense rankings.
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1. Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis: When the Steelers get smacked in the mouth they usually respond. Facing the team scoring the fewest points (11.9 ppg) and allowing the most sacks (49) will certainly help. The Steelers are second with 15.6 ppg allowed.
2. Baltimore vs. Cleveland: The Ravens also had their butts handed to them. They’ll take it out on the Browns (13.9 ppg). Ravens are tied third in points allowed (16.9) and second in sacks (45).
3. Houston @ Indianapolis: The Colts finally won, but that doesn’t change much. They still rank 28th in scoring (15.1 ppg). Meanwhile Houston is tied for third with 16.9 ppg allowed.
4. San Francisco @ Seattle: Niners are giving up just 13.2 ppg. Marshawn Lynch has been a beast, but the Niners have yet to allow a rushing TD. T-Jack is not a quality QB.
5. Green Bay vs. Chicago: The Packers got tripped up last week, but they will want to get that taste out of their mouth. Chicago just can’t score without Cutler and Forte.
6. Cincinnati vs. Arizona: The Cardinals are winning, but with 47 sacks allowed and 19.5 ppg (25th) they present a good match-up for Cincy’s tenth-ranked defense (20.2 ppg).
7. Washington vs. Minnesota: The Vikings’ ship has sank. Christian Ponder looks lost. Their line is atrocious. If the Skins could shut down the Giants, this should be child’s play.
8. Denver @ Buffalo: You know Denver can get after the quarterback (39 sacks). They are going to limit the Bills’ possessions with their rushing attack. The Nills are averaging just 14.3 ppg during their seven-game losing streak.
9. Oakland @ Kansas City: Kyle Orton was much better than Tyler Palko had been, but this team still struggles to put points on the board (13.7 ppg). Oakland has 39 sacks.
10. Carolina vs. Tampa Bay: The Bucs rank 27th in the league in scoring (17.6 ppg). It’s been even worse (16.8) during their eight-game losing streak.
11. Tennessee vs. Jacksonville: I’ll still miffed at the Titans for dropping the ball last week against the Colts. However, I can’t overlook the fact that they face the Jags’ 29th ranked scoring attack (14.8 ppg).
12. New York Jets vs. New York Giants: This is, in essence, a home game for both teams though the Jets fans got more tickets. The Jets have the ability to slow Eli and the passing game. I
13. Kansas City vs. Oakland: While they held the Packers in check last week in a shocking upset, I don’t think they will be quite as effective on the road. They could force Carson Palmer into some mistakes though.
14. Dallas @ Philadelphia: The Eagles have come to life, but if the Cowboys ninth-ranked run defense (98.1 ypg) can keep Shady in check and they can make life uncomfortable for Vick, the Birds could stumble.
15. Philadelphia vs. Dallas: The Eagles lead the league with 46 sacks. If they can get after Romo, picking up sacks and forcing mistakes, they could get the Cowboys’ potent offense off track.
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Here’s my Week 16 team defense rankings.

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1. Pittsburgh vs. Carolina
2. San Diego @ Cincinnati
3. Philadelphia vs. Minnesota
4. Baltimore @ Cleveland
5. New England @ Buffalo
6. Dallas @ Arizona
7. Chicago vs. New York Jets
8. New York Jets @ Chicago
9. Miami vs. Detroit
10. Tampa Bay vs. Seattle
11. New York Giants @ Green Bay
12. St. Louis vs. San Francisco
13. San Francisco @ St. Louis
14. Jacksonville vs. Washington
15. Indianapolis @ Oakland

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Inside the numbers:

  • Troy Polamalu likely won’t play this week, but Pittsburgh should still be a menace to the Panthers.
  • Cedric Benson will struggle to run against the Chargers, which will doom the passing game as well.
  • I’d be shocked (what else is new) if Brett Favre made another start. Joe Webb looked lost. The Eagles would swarm.
  • The Jets and Bears should trade plenty of sacks and interceptions, which makes both units decent options this week.
  • Part of me just can’t trust that Rex Grossman is for real, which would make the Jaguars defense a decent option this week.

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