Carolina Panthers Defense
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Most fantasy leagues have wrapped up already, but there are some that still play to the bitter end. For those leagues, I present the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 17 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Carolina Panthers
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Miami Dolphins
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Indianapolis Colts
9. New England Patriots
10. Tennessee Titans
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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. San Francisco 49ers
It is a shame that most leagues are finished and 49ers defense owners won’t get to take advantage of this matchup. The Niners rank second in total defense and third in scoring defense. The Arizona Cardinals rank dead last in total offense and 30th in scoring offense.
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2. Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank third in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. The Kansas City Chiefs rank 22nd in total offense, but last in scoring offense. Despite Jamaal Charles’ great year, the Chiefs have been held under 17 points in 10 of the last 11 games.
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3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rank fourth in total defense and lead the league in scoring defense. They have outscored their opponents 150-30 in the past three games. The St. Louis Rams rank 24th in total offense and 26th in total defense. They have allowed 11.7 points per game at home.
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4. Chicago Bears
The Bears got their mojo back. Facing the Cardinals will do that to a team. They get the Detroit Lions this week, who gain a ton of yards, but don’t put up a ton of points. Da Bears held them to seven points in the first meeting.
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5. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers lead the NFL in total defense and rank 10th in scoring defense. The Cleveland Browns rank 27th in total offense and 23rd in scoring offense. Trent Richardson is dealing with an ankle injury. If he misses the game, the Steelers would be in even better shape.
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6. Green Bay Packers
The Packers rank 10th in total defense and seventh in scoring defense. They have allowed 13.5 points per game during their four-game winning streak. They have the offense to make the Minnesota Vikings chase, which means more Christian Ponder. That’s a good thing for Packer fans and fantasy owners.
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7. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers rank 11th in total defense and 15th in total defense. The Oakland Raiders rank 18th in total offense and 29th in scoring offense. They have averaged 12.2 points in their past five games and 14 in their past seven.
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8. Buffalo Bills
Despite getting blasted by the Seahawks in Week 15 the Bills have averaged 23.5 points allowed in their past six games. The New York Jets have averaged 14 points in their past five games.
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9. New England Patriots
The Pats held four of their past five opponents below 20 points, including limiting the Miami Dolphins to 16 points in Week 13 in Miami. This time they face the ‘Fins at home.
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10. Tennessee Titans
The Titans are terrible defensively, but the Jacksonville Jaguars rank 31st in both total offense and scoring offense. They have averaged 11.8 points during their current four-game losing streak.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 17 2011 fantasy football defense rankings.
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1. San Francisco @ St. Louis
2. Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
3. Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay
4. Baltimore @ Cincinnati
5. Philadelphia vs. Washington
6. Chicago @ Minnesota
7. Seattle @ Arizona
8. Denver vs. Kansas City
9. Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
10. New York Jets @ Miami
11. Houston vs. Tennessee
12. New England vs. Buffalo
13. Miami vs. New York Jets
14. San Diego @ Oakland
15. Arizona vs. Seattle
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The top three ranked defenses this week feature battles of the have and the have nots. The Niners and Steelers, especially have stout defenses and face inefficient offenses. Tampa Bay has been disappointing all year, and has been even worse of late, averaging 16.7 points during their nine-game losing streak.
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Denver has struggled of late, but they return home. I’m expecting the defense to rally behind Tebow as he squares off against Kyle Orton.
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The Eagles are red hot and NFC teams are fortunate that they missed the playoffs. They put serious pressure on the quarterback (league high 49 sacks). Look for Rex Grossman to be hurried all day.
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Finally, the Colts are peaking at the right time (or wrong time if you wanted them to get Andrew Luck). The Jags struggle mightily to put points on the board (14.9 ppg) and rank dead last with 259.2 total yards per game. If you were relying on Green Bay or Houston this year, who have nothing to play for, the Colts could be a solid plug and play.
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Here’s my Week 17 team defense rankings.

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1. Atlanta vs. CAR:  Motivated by clinching home field throughout the playoffs.
2. Pittsburgh @ CLE:  Should crush Cleveland to lock up the division.
3. Philadelphia vs. DAL:  Should be in the hunt for a first round bye.
4. Baltimore vs. CIN:  Fired up at chance to win the division.
5. San Diego @ DEN:  Missed the playoffs, but should go out in style.
6. New York Giants @ WAS:  Defense should be able to stop the bleeding.
7. Miami @ NE:  Patriots have nothing to play for.
8. New York Jets vs. BUF:  Last chance to get defense back on track.
9. Indianapolis vs. TENN:  Colts put Titans out of their misery.
10. St. Louis @ SEA:  Rams looking to wrap up division title.
11. San Francisco vs. ARI:  Niners honor Singletary with a win.
12. Detroit vs. MN:  Vikes aren’t used to playing Sundays. Lions put end to nightmare season.
13. New England vs. MIA:  Belichick could go all out since they’ll have a bye.
14. Chicago @. GB:  I see one of the defenses (I’m guessing the Bears) make a huge impact.
15. Green Bay vs. CHI:  See above. It could be Packers rather than Bears.

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