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 (6-2) 2 10 7 9 2 4 5 39
2 Washington (2-6) 8 12 15 4 4 9 5 57
3 Pittsburgh (6-2) 2 26 4 5 11 1 9 58
4 NY Jets (4-4) 2 10 10 1 28 7 2 60
5 Philadelphia (5-3) 17 6 5 7 3 9 20 67
6 Dallas (6-2) 2 5 13 16 12 4 22 74
7 Indianapolis (8-0) 2 30 17 2 9 14 1 75
8 Minnesota (7-1) 13 9 11 21 1 1 22 78
9 New England (6-2) 2 20 22 3 22 1 9 79
10 Cincinnati (6-2) 9 14 8 18 13 7 12 81
11 Baltimore (4-4) 17 7 3 23 17 9 12 88
12 Green Bay (4-4) 13 4 2 12 27 4 28 90
13 Arizona (5-3) 13 2 9 20 13 9 25 91
14 New Orleans (8-0) 26 3 25 8 15 28 3 108
15 San Francisco (3-5) 13 23 1 19 24 20 9 109
16 San Diego (5-3) 24 28 12 11 5 17 17 114
17 NY Giants (5-4) 22 1 27 10 6 26 24 116
18 Carolina (3-5) 23 21 23 14 8 20 12 121
19 Seattle (3-5) 17 17 20 13 21 14 20 122
20 Houston (5-4) 1 16 28 17 31 26 8 127
21 Buffalo (3-5) 17 12 32 6 29 29 3 128
22 Miami (3-5) 29 8 6 31 23 24 12 133
23 Atlanta (5-3) 17 31 24 22 16 14 17 141
23 Chicago (4-4) 24 25 14 15 18 17 28 141
25 Jacksonville (4-4) 10 27 18 24 32 9 27 147
26 Oakland (2-6) 31 19 26 27 10 32 7 152
27 Kansas City (1-7) 10 24 19 30 30 20 25 158
28 Tennessee (2-6) 28 15 21 25 20 20 32 161
29 Tampa Bay (1-7) 10 29 30 32 7 24 30 162
30 Cleveland (1-7) 29 22 31 28 19 29 12 170
31 St Louis (1-7) 27 32 16 29 26 29 17 176
32 Detroit (1-7) 32 18 29 26 25 17 31 178

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 Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009