The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 D/STs

November 13, 2008 | Thyrl Nelson

This is why you never want to spend early on defenses in the draft. While it’s safe to say that there are certain defenses that we can predict will be strong or weak from year to year, scoring fantasy points with your defense is something else altogether. Remember that the 2000 Ravens, regarded by many as the best in league history, didn’t score a defensive or special teams TD until week 17. While this season’s Packers, mostly overlooked in the draft have 8 TD between defense and special teams. Reggie Bush’s return should bring a boost to the Saints’ return game, whether he gets back into return duty this week or not is still in question though.

 

Remember that we’re listing 3 separate areas of evaluation in each Positional Power Rankings blog. The power rankings, listed first, are a year to date assessment of the top 20 at each position. Under those, are listings advising who should be a little bit better or worse than usual, based on their match up this week. And finally, at the bottom of each blog is the formulary start rankings, which is gotten using the “Secret Fantasy Flavor Formula”. It’s two parts year to date performance, one part opponents’ defensive performance, with adjustments for injuries, anomalies, and playing time changes.

 

Remember, none of this is gospel. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be fun to play the games. With that said, we’re very proud of our track record so far, and suggest that you use these and as many other resources as you can find, in order to formulate your own opinions. After all, it’s you who has to live with your lineup decisions

 

Week 11 Defense / Special Teams Power Rankings

 

D/ST Power Rankings Archive – 34567 - 8 - 9 - 10

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Green Bay Packers (9) – 8 TD, 16 sacks, 16 int, 1 fum rec, 138 pts allowed

 

2. Tennessee Titans (3) – 2 TD, 24 sacks, 14 int, 5 fum rec, 117 pts allowed

 

3. Chicago Bears (1) – 5 TD, 17 sacks, 12 int, 8 fum rec, 1 safety, 188 pts allowed

 

4. New York Jets (10) – 4 TD, 31 sacks, 9 int, 9 fum rec, 166 pts allowed

 

5. Baltimore Ravens (6) – 3 TD, 19 sacks, 14 int, 2 fum rec, 2 safeties, 138 pts allowed

 

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) – 5 TD, 15 sacks, 12 int, 4 fum rec, 141 pts allowed

 

7. Philadelphia Eagles (2) – 3 TD, 28 sacks, 9 int, 8 fum rec, 1 safety, 174 pts allowed

 

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4) – 1 TD, 34 sacks, 8 int, 4 fum rec, 130 pts allowed

 

9. New York Giants (5) – 1 TD, 30 sacks, 12 int, 3 fum rec, 2 safeties, 142 pts allowed

 

10. Arizona Cardinals (8) – 3 TD, 21 sacks, 7 int, 11 fum rec, 202 pts allowed

 

11. Minnesota Vikings (11) – 2 TD, 25 sacks, 6 int, 8 fum rec, 3 safeties, 203 pts allowed

 

12. Carolina Panthers (16) – 1 TD, 18 sacks, 7 int, 7 fum rec, 127 pts allowed

 

13. Miami Dolphins (12) – 1 TD, 21 sacks, 7 int, 8 fum rec, 1 safety, 170 pts allowed

 

14. Atlanta Falcons (20) – 2 TD, 17 sacks, 9 int, 4 fum rec, 174 pts allowed

 

15. Buffalo Bills (15) – 3 TD, 14 sacks, 5 int, 7 fum rec, 181 pts allowed

 

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (19) – 3 TD, 18 sacks, 8 int, 4 fum rec, 186 pts allowed

 

17. Seattle Seahawks (18) – 2 TD, 22 sacks, 4 int, 5 fum rec, 225 pts allowed

 

18. Cleveland Browns (14) – 2 TD, 14 sacks, 10 int, 4 fum rec, 182 pts allowed

 

19. Dallas Cowboys (NR) – 0 TD, 21 sacks, 11 int, 5 fum rec, 1 safety, 216 pts allowed

 

20. San Francisco 49ers (17) – 4 TD, 14 sacks, 8 int, 2 fum rec, 239 pts allowed

 

Dropped from Rankings: New Orleans Saints

 

D/STs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Carolina Panthers @ DET; Philadelphia Eagles @ CIN; San Francisco 49ers vs. ST.L; Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. MIN; Miami Dolphins vs. OAK; Arizona Cardinals @ SEA; Cleveland Browns @ BUF

 

D/STs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: St. Louis Rams @ SF; New Orleans Saints @ KC; Detroit Lions vs. CAR

 

D/STs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. TEN; Baltimore Ravens @ NYG; Seattle Seahawks vs. AZ; Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SD; Green Bay Packers vs. CHI; Tennessee Titans @ JAX; Chicago Bears @ GB; Minnesota Vikings @ TB

 

D/STs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Denver Broncos @ ATL: Cincinnati Bengals vs. PHI

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy D/ST start rankings; it’s all 32 defenses in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the game tonight, so keep checking back.

 

1. Philadelphia Eagles (16)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17)

3. New York Jets (24)

4. Carolina Panthers (25)

5. Arizona Cardinals (27)

6. Green Bay Packers (28)

7. Tennessee Titans (29)

8. Chicago Bears (30)

9. Miami Dolphins (32)

10. New York Giants (36)

11. Baltimore Ravens (41)

12. San Francisco 49ers (43)

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (44)

14. Minnesota Vikings (45)

15. Cleveland Browns (45)

16. Atlanta Falcons (47)

17. Dallas Cowboys (51)

18. Buffalo Bills (52)

19. New Orleans Saints (52)

20. Indianapolis Colts (57)

21. Oakland Raiders (62)

22. San Diego Chargers (62)

23. Seattle Seahawks (63)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (64)

25. New England Patriots (65)

26. St. Louis Rams (66)

27. Washington Redskins (67)

28. Houston Texans (70)

29. Detroit Lions (74)

30. Kansas City Chiefs (75)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (87)

32. Denver Broncos (88)

 

Use the links at the bottom of the page for all of the rest of this week’s rankings. As always, keep an eye on the injury report and make adjustments accordingly, or call in to the show on Saturday from 4-7. And most importantly, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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