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Fantasy Team Power Rankings: Week 15

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 (11-2) 1 3 15 2 7 1 1 30
2 NY Giants (9-4) 4 23 2 9 2 1 5 46
3 Philadelphia (9-4) 4 9 1 3 24 1 7 49
4 New Orleans (10-3) 2 1 17 8 3 21 2 54
5 Houston (5-8) 9 6 3 7 14 1 17 57
6 San Diego (7-6) 3 5 19 1 21 6 3 58
7 Indianapolis (7-6) 8 4 32 10 1 11 3 69
8 Atlanta (11-2) 6 2 22 25 4 6 10 75
9 Dallas (4-9) 19 10 21 6 6 21 5 88
10 Kansas City (8-5) 12 21 4 21 11 13 7 89
11 Green Bay (8-5) 16 11 23 4 18 15 7 94
12 Jacksonville (8-5) 19 8 6 18 27 10 10 98
13 Tampa Bay (8-5) 26 7 12 15 9 21 18 108
14 Tennessee (5-8) 23 22 10 22 8 11 18 114
15 Baltimore (9-4) 12 14 31 11 23 15 14 120
15 Oakland (6-7) 15 24 5 17 29 5 25 120
17 NY Jets (9-4) 19 17 11 26 13 15 20 121
18 Pittsburgh (10-3) 23 13 18 5 30 13 20 122
19 Denver (3-10) 9 29 24 12 20 15 14 123
20 Minnesota (5-8) 18 28 9 24 17 6 28 130
21 Buffalo (3-10) 29 15 8 27 15 30 10 134
22 Detroit (3-10) 27 16 27 29 5 21 10 135
23 Cincinnati (2-11) 9 18 30 28 10 30 14 139
24 Cleveland (5-8) 19 20 20 23 22 6 30 140
25 Seattle (6-7) 12 19 29 20 19 15 28 142
26 St Louis (6-7) 6 25 25 30 12 27 20 145
27 San Francisco (5-8) 23 26 16 13 25 27 24 154
28 Chicago (9-4) 16 27 26 14 32 21 20 156
29 Washington (5-8) 28 31 13 16 26 21 26 161
30 Miami (7-6) 31 12 28 19 16 32 26 164
31 Arizona (4-9) 29 32 7 31 28 15 31 173
32 Carolina (1-12) 32 30 14 32 31 27 32 198

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 (10-3) 5 3 1 7 7 1 5 29
2 NY Giants (9-4) 5 1 9 2 2 10 6 35
3 San Diego (7-6) 5 2 5 1 3 17 3 36
4 Miami (7-6) 5 7 3 9 6 6 6 42
5 Green Bay (8-5) 1 12 25 3 5 3 3 52
6 Chicago (9-4) 3 6 6 5 19 17 2 58
7 NY Jets (9-4) 13 5 2 6 9 10 16 61
8 Baltimore (9-4) 2 11 13 4 27 3 10 70
9 St Louis (6-7) 13 8 23 10 8 3 13 78
10 New Orleans (10-3) 10 9 17 8 14 22 1 81
11 Kansas City (8-5) 3 16 18 12 15 10 16 90
12 San Francisco (5-8) 24 15 4 22 12 8 16 101
13 Minnesota (5-8) 5 24 8 15 24 10 16 102
14 Cleveland (5-8) 13 23 14 19 17 1 20 107
15 Philadelphia (9-4) 11 14 11 17 10 15 30 108
16 Tennessee (5-8) 30 31 10 16 11 8 8 114
17 Oakland (6-7) 17 10 28 21 1 17 29 123
18 Atlanta (11-2) 11 22 27 23 22 6 20 131
18 Carolina (1-12) 29 19 12 11 21 31 8 131
20 Detroit (3-10) 17 13 24 26 4 29 20 133
21 Indianapolis (7-6) 20 21 31 13 16 26 10 137
22 Cincinnati (2-11) 17 18 26 20 32 24 13 150
23 Tampa Bay (8-5) 16 30 30 14 29 14 20 153
24 Washington (5-8) 25 4 32 28 28 22 15 154
25 Seattle (6-7) 30 20 15 27 13 24 26 155
26 Arizona (4-9) 32 17 20 24 25 30 10 158
27 New England (11-2) 21 32 16 25 30 15 20 159
28 Houston (5-8) 25 26 7 31 26 17 32 164
29 Buffalo (3-10) 21 29 29 18 20 26 25 168
30 Dallas (4-9) 25 28 19 30 23 17 31 173
31 Jacksonville (8-5) 25 27 21 32 18 26 27 176
32 Denver (3-10) 23 25 22 29 31 32 27 189

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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