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Week 17 Rankings: Defense/Special teams

Updated: December 26, 2008, 11:35 AM ET
By Fantasy staff | ESPN.com

These rankings are intended to rate how players will perform in Week 17 of the NFL season only and does not account for 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 17 can be viewed by clicking here.

Rankings were updated Friday to adjust for the latest injury news and emerging trends.

Week 17 defense/special teams rankings
Rank Name Opponent
Berry

Harris

Kuselias

Karabell
Average
1 Baltimore Ravens Jac 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Pittsburgh Steelers Cle 2 2 2 2 2.0
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oak 5 3 3 8 4.8
4 Minnesota Vikings NYG 10 4 5 5 6.0
5 Green Bay Packers Det 4 13 4 3 6.0
6 Miami Dolphins @NYJ 7 5 10 4 6.5
7 Atlanta Falcons StL 3 10 7 9 7.3
8 Chicago Bears @Hou 9 7 8 18 10.5
9 Philadelphia Eagles Dal 12 8 11 13 11.0
10 Tennessee Titans @Ind 18 9 12 6 11.3
11 New York Jets Mia 14 12 9 11 11.5
12 New York Giants @Min 6 11 13 19 12.3
13 Dallas Cowboys @Phi 17 6 15 12 12.5
14 New England Patriots @Buf 8 15 6 21 12.5
15 Arizona Cardinals Sea 13 19 16 20 17.0
16 Kansas City Chiefs @Cin 11 16 30 14 17.8
17 Washington Redskins @SF 16 25 19 15 18.8
18 San Francisco 49ers Was 20 14 18 24 19.0
19 Houston Texans Chi 19 17 17 25 19.5
20 Cleveland Browns @Pit 21 28 21 10 20.0
21 Jacksonville Jaguars @Bal 25 24 25 7 20.3
22 Indianapolis Colts Ten 24 21 14 23 20.5
23 Carolina Panthers @NO 15 18 24 29 21.5
24 Oakland Raiders @TB 22 26 23 16 21.8
25 Cincinnati Bengals KC 23 22 29 17 22.8
26 Buffalo Bills NE 26 23 20 28 24.3
27 Seattle Seahawks @Ari 31 20 26 22 24.8
28 San Diego Chargers Den 27 27 22 31 26.8
29 New Orleans Saints Car 29 29 28 26 28.0
30 St. Louis Rams @Atl 30 30 31 27 29.5
31 Denver Broncos @SD 32 31 27 30 30.0
32 Detroit Lions @GB 28 32 32 32 31.0