Fantasy Football 2011: Week 2 DEF/ST Rankings

BALTIMORE MD - NOVEMBER 7: Terrence Cody #62 of the Baltimore Ravens tackles Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on November 7 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. The Ravens are the number 1 ranked fantasy football defense for week 2. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

The way that some of the defenses performed last week, or should I say underperformed really surprised me. While choosing the right defense to start can be a guessing game at times, for the most part the great ones always perform like they should. Full 32 team defense rankings follow the jump.  

 

Defenses to start: Pittsburgh Steelers - They came out very flat against Baltimore and were taken to the woodshed. This defense has something to prove and they have the perfect opponent to take out their frustrations on in Seattle. Seattle struggled to move the ball on the ground and through the air last week in San Francisco. This week will be even more difficult. Seattle will probably still be without Sydney Rice.

Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens stiffled Pittsburgh all game in the opener. They got to Big Ben and held the running game to 66 yards. Their opponent in week 2 is Tennessee, a team that only ran for 43 yards against Jacksonville. Ray Lewisand Co. must be excited to visit Nashville and bring the pain. 

Defenses to avoid: Carolina Panthers - Carolina takes on Green Bay and their high powered offense. I think the Carolina defense is improving but this Green Bay offense is going to steam roll them. Aaron Rodgers is playing at such a high level and has so many weapons that Carolina will be completely overwhelmed. It won't be pretty.

Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas City was so terrible in week 1, that they made Buffalo's offense look like New England. Things get a lot more difficult with a trip to Detroit. Detroit's offense looked and played great last weekend in Tampa. As they play their home opener, Detroit will be looking to win their second game and prove to people that they are for real. I can easily see Detroit putting up 30+ points on Sunday.

Team Opp.
1. Baltimore Ravens TEN
2. Pittsburgh Steelers SEA
3. Green Bay Packers CAR
4. Detroit Lions KC
5. Houston Texans MIA
6. Dallas Cowboys SF
7. New York Jets JAX
8. Philadelphia Eagles ATL
9. Cleveland Browns IND
10. New York Giants STL
11. St. Louis Rams NYG
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers MIN
13. New Orleans Saints CHI
14. Cincinnati Bengals DEN
15. Buffalo Bills OAK
16. San Francisco 49ers DAL
17. New England Patriots SD
18. Denver Broncos CIN
19. Chicago Bears NO
20. San Diego Chargers NE
21. Arizona Cardinals WAS
22. Miami Dolphins HOU
23. Seattle Seahawks PIT
24. Oakland Raiders BUF
25. Washington Redskins ARZ
26. Indianapolis Colts CLE
27. Atlanta Falcons PHI
28. Jacksonville Jaguars NYJ
29. Minnesota Vikings TB
30. Tennessee Titans BAL
31. Kansas City Chiefs DET
32. Carolina Panthers GB
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