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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 Pittsburgh (6-3) 4 24 2 3 10 1 6 50
2 Denver (6-3) 7 17 7 11 1 5 6 54
3 Washington (3-6) 2 14 18 4 3 8 6 55
4 Cincinnati (7-2) 8 6 8 15 8 5 10 60
5 Baltimore (5-4) 12 5 3 18 11 8 10 67
5 NY Jets (4-5) 4 18 10 1 23 10 1 67
7 Dallas (6-3) 2 12 11 14 7 5 20 71
8 Minnesota (8-1) 11 10 12 16 2 1 20 72
9 Philadelphia (5-4) 16 9 5 8 4 13 20 75
10 Green Bay (5-4) 14 2 4 10 19 3 29 81
11 Indianapolis (9-0) 8 30 15 2 13 13 2 83
12 New England (6-3) 4 21 21 5 24 3 16 94
13 Arizona (6-3) 16 3 14 22 9 10 25 99
14 NY Giants (5-4) 21 1 22 7 5 26 25 107
15 San Francisco (4-5) 12 25 1 21 28 16 6 109
16 New Orleans (9-0) 25 4 24 9 18 26 4 110
17 San Diego (6-3) 25 28 9 17 6 13 16 114
18 Houston (5-4) 1 16 27 19 31 26 10 130
19 Oakland (2-7) 31 8 19 26 12 31 4 131
20 Miami (4-5) 30 7 6 32 20 24 14 133
20 Seattle (3-6) 22 11 17 20 27 16 20 133
22 Chicago (4-5) 22 27 13 13 16 16 27 134
23 Carolina (4-5) 24 22 28 12 17 21 14 138
24 Buffalo (3-6) 16 23 32 6 30 31 2 140
25 Kansas City (2-7) 8 19 25 27 29 21 20 149
26 Tennessee (3-6) 25 13 20 23 22 16 32 151
27 Jacksonville (5-4) 16 29 16 24 32 10 27 154
28 Atlanta (5-4) 20 31 26 25 21 16 16 155
29 Cleveland (1-8) 29 20 30 28 15 29 10 161
30 Tampa Bay (1-8) 14 26 31 31 14 24 30 170
31 St Louis (1-8) 25 32 23 29 26 29 16 180
32 Detroit (1-8) 32 15 29 30 25 21 31 183

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
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