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Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Houston Texans
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. New England Patriots
8. New York Jets
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Minnesota Vikings
11. Los Angeles Rams
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Buffalo Bills
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Philadelphia Eagles
16. Miami Dolphins
17. Oakland Raiders
18. Jacksonville Jaguars
19. Baltimore Ravens
20. Washington Redskins
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J.J. Watt
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Here’s a look at the 2016 IDP Rankings.
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1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
3. Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Navorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
5. Jamie Collins, New England Patriots
6. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
7. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
8. Telvin Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
10. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
11. Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals
12. DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions
13. Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
14. Robert Quinn, Los Angeles Rams
15. Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings
16. Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
18. Muhammad Wilkerson, New york Jets
19. Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
20. D’Qwell Jackson, Indianapolis Colts
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Richard Sherman
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Houston Texans
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. New England Patriots
8. New York Jets
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Minnesota Vikings
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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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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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Here’s my Week 15 team defense rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Patriots are peaking at the right time and Green Bay will likely be without Aaron Rodgers.
  • An angry Bears defense against a sinking Vikings ship. Scary.
  • Speaking of sinking, what happened to the Jets. The Steelers should have a field day with Sanchez.
  • Washington started the nightmare season for Dallas. At least they can avenge that loss. McNabb will be on his back plenty.
  • Carolina and Arizona could set football back this week. Their defenses should post solid numbers though.
  • Tampa Bay’s run defense took a hit when McCoy went down. Fortunately they aren’t facing a strong running team against Detroit and still remain a starting option.

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Here’s my Week 14 team defense rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Packers once again take the top ranking. Their offense is so powerful that it will make the Lions one-dimensional. That’s when Clay Matthews can pin his ears back and go after Drew Stanton.
  • Bill Belichick should come up with a defensive scheme that brings out the Jay Cutler of old.
  • I feel sorry for the Dolphins for having to face the Jets after the pounding they took on Monday.
  • The Vikings will have a hard time containing the Giants’ pass rush. Expect multiple sacks and interceptions.
  • Baltimore, Chicago, and San Diego have tough match-ups against Houston, New England, and Kansas City making them less than desirable options this week.

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Here’s my Week 13 team defense rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Packers are the latest team to try to survive the Lester’s Top-ranked Defense Curse. It’s where teams with seemingly good match-ups go sour. Without Frank Gore, the Niners should be vulnerable on the road.
  • The Seahawks, on paper, have one of the more favorable match-ups as they’re taking on Carolina at home.
  • The Rams aren’t playing at home, but Arizona is struggling to put points on the board.
  • The Bears have one of the league’s top defenses. Calvin Johnson worries me a little though. Detroit basically won the first game so there could be extra motivation there.
  • The Saints’ defense is right up there with their offense.
  • Big Ben is expected to play against the Ravens, but if they can knock him out of the game, the Steelers will be in trouble.

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Here’s my Week 12 team defense rankings.

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1. Philadelphia @ Chicago
2. Cleveland vs. Carolina
3. New York Giants vs. Jacksonville
4. New York Jets vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
5. San Francisco @ Arizona (Monday)
6. Pittsburgh @ Buffalo
7. Minnesota @ Washington
8. Kansas City @ Seattle
9. New England @ Detroit (Thursday)
10. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay
11. New Orleans @ Dallas (Thursday)
12. Washington vs. Minnesota
13. Oakland vs. Miami
14. Miami @ Oakland
15. Green Bay @ Atlanta

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Inside the numbers:

  • Philadelphia’s aggressive defense should not bode well for Jay Cutler, who has a tendency to get sacked and throw picks.
  • When was the last time the Browns were thought about as a good fantasy defense option? It’s a combination of their improvement and Carolina ineptitude.
  • Both New York teams make solid plays this week. On a side note, who would have thought without T.O. the Bills would have a better offense than Cincy with him (not that I’m blaming T.O.)?
  • The Niners looked awful last week, but they should get a reprieve against the Cardinals.
  • I think the Vikings will look more like last year’s version with the coaching change. The players’ hearts weren’t in it for Brad Childress. That said, Washington is a decent play this week because of Favre’s tendency to get sacked and throw picks.

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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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