Commentary

Week 16 Rankings: Defense/Special teams

Updated: December 19, 2008, 3:37 PM ET
By Fantasy staff | ESPN.com

These rankings are intended to rate how players will perform in Week 16 of the NFL season only and does not account for future matchups or season-long performance. They are a composite of Matthew Berry's, Christopher Harris', Eric Karabell's and Erik Kuselias' personal rankings for the week. ESPN's official fantasy projections and profiles for Week 16 can be viewed by clicking here.

Rankings were updated Friday to remove players from the Thursday Colts/Jaguars game, as well as to adjust for the latest injury news and emerging trends.

Week 16 defense/special teams rankings
Rank Name Opponent
Berry

Harris

Kuselias

Karabell
Average
1 Philadelphia Eagles @Was 2 4 1 3 2.5
2 Baltimore Ravens @Dal 6 1 6 2 3.8
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers SD 3 3 7 5 4.5
4 Tennessee Titans Pit 5 9 3 1 4.5
5 Pittsburgh Steelers @Ten 7 5 2 6 5.0
6 New York Giants Car 8 7 4 7 6.5
7 Dallas Cowboys Bal 11 2 10 9 8.0
8 Chicago Bears GB 4 10 8 12 8.5
9 New York Jets @Sea 10 11 5 11 9.3
10 San Francisco 49ers @StL 9 13 12 4 9.5
11 Houston Texans @Oak 1 14 15 10 10.0
12 Miami Dolphins @KC 15 8 11 8 10.5
13 Minnesota Vikings Atl 20 6 9 18 13.3
14 Carolina Panthers @NYG 12 16 13 14 13.8
15 Cleveland Browns Cin 14 19 16 13 15.5
16 Atlanta Falcons @Min 13 26 20 15 18.5
17 San Diego Chargers @TB 17 12 24 22 18.8
18 New Orleans Saints @Det 21 23 19 17 20.0
19 New England Patriots Ari 18 24 18 20 20.0
20 Cincinnati Bengals @Cle 29 17 14 24 21.0
21 Oakland Raiders Hou 19 25 22 19 21.3
22 Washington Redskins Phi 16 27 26 16 21.3
23 Green Bay Packers @Chi 24 22 17 23 21.5
24 Buffalo Bills @Den 25 15 23 29 23.0
25 Seattle Seahawks NYJ 23 21 25 26 23.8
26 Arizona Cardinals @NE 22 20 27 28 24.3
27 Denver Broncos Buf 26 30 21 21 24.5
28 Kansas City Chiefs Mia 27 18 28 27 25.0
29 St. Louis Rams SF 28 28 29 25 27.5
30 Detroit Lions NO 30 29 30 30 29.8

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