Fantasy football power rankings: Defense

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NFL defenses are ranked 1-32 in the following categories: red zone trips per game, third down conversion percentage, yards per rush attempt, yards per pass attempt, sack percentage allowed, rushing TDs per game and passing TDs per game. These rankings can be used when assessing fantasy matchups for the upcoming week. When doing that, look at the run- and pass-oriented stats individually.

Fantasy Team Defense Power Rankings
Rank Team RZ/Game 3rd% YPC YPA Sack% TD/Run TD/Pass Total
1 Denver (6-1) 2 6 2 8 2 4 2 26
2 Washington (2-5) 7 14 10 9 4 4 5 53
3 Philadelphia (5-2) 19 5 6 3 3 10 22 68
4 NY Jets (4-4) 4 12 12 2 28 9 3 70
5 Pittsburgh (5-2) 8 27 8 6 9 3 11 72
6 Indianapolis (7-0) 3 26 23 1 8 12 1 74
7 New England (5-2) 5 13 22 5 21 1 9 76
8 Baltimore (4-3) 19 4 4 23 11 10 11 82
9 Minnesota (7-1) 15 9 13 20 1 2 25 85
10 Dallas (5-2) 5 8 15 15 15 4 26 88
11 Green Bay (4-3) 11 10 3 13 24 4 27 92
12 Arizona (4-3) 19 3 7 19 12 12 22 94
13 Cincinnati (5-2) 9 21 9 21 14 4 18 96
14 San Francisco (3-4) 9 25 1 17 23 12 11 98
15 Carolina (3-4) 16 18 26 4 6 20 11 101
16 New Orleans (7-0) 26 1 21 10 13 26 5 102
17 NY Giants (5-3) 22 2 27 12 5 28 21 117
17 San Diego (4-3) 23 28 14 14 7 20 11 117
19 Chicago (4-3) 16 24 11 11 16 20 22 120
20 Houston (5-3) 1 11 28 18 31 27 8 124
21 Miami (3-4) 29 6 5 31 22 25 11 129
21 Seattle (2-5) 23 19 17 16 19 17 18 129
23 Buffalo (3-5) 18 14 32 7 29 28 4 132
24 Oakland (2-6) 32 20 24 25 10 32 7 150
25 Jacksonville (3-4) 11 30 19 24 32 12 27 155
26 Atlanta (4-3) 23 31 25 22 26 12 18 157
26 Kansas City (1-6) 11 22 20 30 30 17 27 157
28 Cleveland (1-7) 30 23 31 26 18 28 10 166
28 Tennessee (1-6) 27 17 18 27 25 20 32 166
30 Detroit (1-6) 31 16 30 29 17 17 31 171
30 Tampa Bay (0-7) 11 29 29 32 20 20 30 171
32 St Louis (1-7) 28 32 16 28 26 28 17 175

Category Key:
RZ/Game = rank in red zone possessions per game
3rd% = rank in 3rd-down conversion percentage
YPC = rank in yards per carry
YPA = rank in yards per pass attempt
Sack% = rank in sacks allowed percentage
TD/Run = TD rushes per game
TD/Pass = TD passes per game

Michael Salfino provides quantitative player and team analysis for the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports.
Updated Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009