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Week 12 D/ST Rankings

Picking between two fantasy defenses? Check out Jacob Adler's rankings to see this week's top picks.

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Before we get into this week's ranks, I'll point out two teams, the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, which have strong matchups in Week 13, which will be a tough week for streaming defenses. If you can easily acquire one of these defenses this week, you will avoid the rush for the scarce good defensive matchups next week.

Three Matchups to Play

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

It seems like an obvious matchup, but I think it's important to back the Colts after last week's game against the Patriots. Jacksonville is allowing opposing defenses an average of 13.9 fantasy points per game, and the Colts scored 17 fantasy points in their first matchup this season.

Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

The Cowboys' fantasy defense has been consistently mediocre, having scored in a range from 0-9 in all weeks except when it logged 11 against, who else, the Jaguars. The Giants have only allowed one touchdown to fantasy defenses this season, but the Cowboys should prove worthy by pressuring Eli Manning and forcing turnovers.

Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I'll admit I'm not confident about this call, as I can easily see Mike Evans single-handedly torching the Bears' secondary. Still, the Bucs lack a threatening running game and teams can beat Josh McCown. This is a low-end streamer, but a decent alternative to the Chiefs or Packers if the latter two are not available.

Three Matchups to Avoid

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins vs. Denver Broncos




Team Defense/Special Teams

Opponent

1

San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins

2

Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders

3

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

4

Philadelphia Eagles

Tennessee Titans

5

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

6

Buffalo Bills

New York Jets

7

Houston Texans

Cincinnati Bengals

8

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

9

Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10

New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

11

Denver Broncos

Miami Dolphins

12

Seattle Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals

13

Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks

14

New England Patriots

Detroit Lions

15

St. Louis Rams

San Diego Chargers

16

San Diego Chargers

St. Louis Rams

17

Cleveland Browns

Atlanta Falcons

18

Miami Dolphins

Denver Broncos

19

Tennessee Titans

Philadelphia Eagles

20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chicago Bears

21

Cincinnati Bengals

Houston Texans

22

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

23

Detroit Lions

New England Patriots

24

Baltimore Ravens

New Orleans Saints

25

New Orleans Saints

Baltimore Ravens

26

Washington Redskins

San Francisco 49ers

27

Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs

28

Jacksonville Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts

29

New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys

30

Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers