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Fantasy Team Power Rankings: Week 17

Michael Salfino
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Environment is the major key to fantasy football production. These rankings, updated weekly throughout the season, assess the foundation upon which fantasy football statistics rise (or fall). NFL offenses are ranked 1-through-32 based solely on 2010 performance 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. Also use these rankings to target weak offenses when selecting a fantasy defense for the coming week.

Fantasy Team Offense Power Rankings
Rank Team RZ/Game 3rd % YPC YPA Sack % TD/Run TD/Pass Total
1 New England (13-2) 1 3 12 3 7 1 1 28
2 NY Giants (9-6) 8 21 4 7 2 5 4 51
3 Philadelphia (10-5) 4 11 1 5 26 1 8 56
4 San Diego (8-7) 3 4 23 1 17 7 4 59
5 Indianapolis (9-6) 4 5 28 12 1 8 3 61
6 New Orleans (11-4) 2 1 21 11 3 23 2 63
7 Houston (5-10) 11 12 6 9 13 3 17 71
8 Atlanta (12-3) 7 2 24 27 4 8 10 82
8 Dallas (5-10) 16 9 16 6 9 19 7 82
10 Green Bay (9-6) 9 7 22 2 21 18 4 83
11 Kansas City (10-5) 11 20 3 17 11 15 8 85
12 Jacksonville (8-7) 22 10 7 15 25 8 11 98
12 Tampa Bay (9-6) 23 6 5 14 12 23 15 98
14 Pittsburgh (11-4) 19 8 18 4 30 8 21 108
15 Baltimore (11-4) 11 14 27 10 23 19 11 115
16 Oakland (7-8) 16 26 2 18 27 3 25 117
16 Tennessee (6-9) 23 23 10 19 14 8 20 117
18 NY Jets (10-5) 19 15 13 28 8 15 23 121
19 Detroit (5-10) 23 16 20 29 5 19 11 123
20 Denver (4-11) 11 29 26 8 18 15 17 124
21 Cincinnati (4-11) 9 17 32 23 6 28 11 126
22 Minnesota (6-9) 19 25 8 24 20 5 28 129
23 Chicago (11-4) 11 27 25 13 32 19 17 144
23 Cleveland (5-10) 26 19 19 20 22 8 30 144
25 Buffalo (4-11) 29 18 11 26 15 32 15 146
25 St Louis (7-8) 6 24 30 30 10 23 23 146
27 Seattle (6-9) 16 22 31 25 19 8 29 150
28 Washington (6-9) 26 31 14 21 24 23 21 160
29 Miami (7-8) 30 13 29 22 16 28 27 165
30 San Francisco (5-10) 28 28 17 16 29 28 25 171
31 Arizona (5-10) 30 32 9 31 28 23 31 184
32 Carolina (2-13) 32 30 15 32 31 31 32 203

NFL defenses are ranked 1-through-32 in the following categories based only on 2010 actual performance: 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. Use these rankings when assessing fantasy matchups for the upcoming week. When doing that, look at the run- and pass-oriented stats individually. They are not designed for fantasy point production because turnovers and return touchdowns are almost completely random and thus not predictable.

Fantasy Team Defense Power Rankings
Rank Team RZ/Game 3rd % YPC YPA Sack % TD/Run TD/Pass Total
1 Pittsburgh (11-4) 4 2 1 2 8 1 3 21
2 San Diego (8-7) 6 3 4 1 1 18 4 37
3 Miami (7-8) 5 7 3 14 6 5 7 47
4 Green Bay (9-6) 1 10 27 8 5 4 4 59
5 Kansas City (10-5) 2 11 14 5 13 8 14 67
6 St Louis (7-8) 9 4 24 11 7 5 8 68
7 NY Giants (9-6) 16 1 15 7 3 13 14 69
8 Chicago (11-4) 6 9 6 4 21 22 2 70
9 Baltimore (11-4) 3 13 11 3 29 1 11 71
10 New Orleans (11-4) 10 6 19 9 12 18 1 75
11 NY Jets (10-5) 13 12 5 6 9 13 21 79
12 Minnesota (6-9) 10 22 9 13 17 8 21 100
13 Tennessee (6-9) 30 31 7 17 11 5 11 112
14 Philadelphia (10-5) 10 19 12 18 10 16 29 114
15 San Francisco (5-10) 25 14 2 27 18 8 21 115
16 Atlanta (12-3) 6 23 22 19 26 8 14 118
16 Cleveland (5-10) 13 28 13 21 23 1 19 118
18 Oakland (7-8) 19 5 25 22 2 18 28 119
19 Carolina (2-13) 29 15 10 15 16 31 6 122
20 Indianapolis (9-6) 19 20 30 12 20 22 8 131
21 Detroit (5-10) 17 18 26 25 4 30 19 139
22 Arizona (5-10) 32 17 20 20 15 29 8 141
23 Cincinnati (4-11) 13 21 21 23 31 22 11 142
24 Tampa Bay (9-6) 17 29 31 10 30 16 14 147
25 Dallas (5-10) 23 24 18 29 19 13 31 157
25 New England (13-2) 23 32 17 24 28 12 21 157
27 Washington (6-9) 27 8 32 28 27 22 14 158
28 Seattle (6-9) 31 26 16 26 14 18 30 161
29 Buffalo (4-11) 21 30 29 16 22 27 25 170
30 Houston (5-10) 28 27 8 32 25 26 31 177
31 Jacksonville (8-7) 26 25 23 31 24 27 27 183
32 Denver (4-11) 21 16 28 30 32 32 25 184

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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