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Week 17 Defensive Rankings

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Oh, you're still here? Most fantasy leagues have alas come to an end but there is still one more week left of regular season football, and it's arguably the hardest to predict. With some coaches entertaining the idea of resting their best players, you're fantasy championship match could be in jeopardy if you have been starting one of those players up to this point. But don't worry, these are the defensive rankings, and luckily for you, a coach can't bench an entire defense. Well, he could bench all his starters, but in terms of fantasy, there will always be defensive players on the field.

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Rank Team Opponent
1 Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers
2 Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders
3 Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore Ravens
4 Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 Houston Texans Jacksonville Jaguars
6 New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
7 New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
8 Arizona Cardinals Seattle Seahawks
9 St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
10 Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
11 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
12 Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns
13 Indianapolis Colts Tennessee Titans
14 San Francisco 49ers St. Louis Rams
15 Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
16 Miami Dolphins New England Patriots

Last week, the Cardinals were the first and only team all season to pass 30 fantasy points for a single week in standard scoring leagues. This week they face Seahawks, who will be in the playoffs regardless of the outcome. With the Cardinals and Seahawks knowing their seeding, it wouldn't be surprising if we saw a lot of bench players in this one. That could be either good or bad from the defensive perspective.

The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs top the list as they each face AFC West division rivals. There is a lot on the line for these two teams, as the winner will get a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Redskins have been trending in the right direction after last week's 15 fantasy point total. This week they get the Cowboys who will be without Dez Bryant.

Another sleeper to watch is the Colts, who scored 14 points last week against Miami and need a win this week if they want to have any shot of making the playoffs. Of course a lot of other things need to happen in order for them to miraculously sneak in, but at least they are playing for something in a great matchup.

The Steelers, 49ers, and Dolphins also have intriguing match ups to consider for daily fantasy, but should probably be avoided in your fantasy football championships.