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Fantasy Football Week 12 Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Pat Sims #90 and the Cincinnati Bengals look to dominate the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.   (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pat Sims #90 and the Cincinnati Bengals look to dominate the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Defenses to start: Pittsburgh Steelers - We were all able to see what New England was able to accomplish against Kansas City on Monday night. Pittsburgh must be ecstatic to face them this week. Pittsburgh is coming off a bye and Dick LeBeau will have prepared an excellent game plan to dominate the Chiefs. With Kansas City starting Tyler Palko again and facing a short week, it will get ugly.

Houston Texans - What an improvement that Wade Phillips has made to this defense. The Texans are holding teams to 16.6 points a game, while Jacksonville is only scoring 12.5 points a game. I think Houston holds Jacksonville under 10 points, while getting 3 sacks, 4 turnovers and a return touchdown.

All 32 defenses ranked following the jump.

Defenses to avoid: Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs defense is probably going to be on the field quite a lot. Like their defense, Pittsburgh's offense will have had plenty of time to game plan. The Steelers will run and pass at will.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tampa Bay has not given up less than 20 points since Week 4. They are second last in sacks and are giving up almost 400 yards a game.

New York Giants - The Giants are facing the high powered offense of New Orleans. With an extra week to prepare, New Orleans will no doubt have some offensive wrinkles thrown in. I normally like the Giants defense but this will be a difficult game for them.

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