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Week 7 DST rankings

1. KC vs. HOU

Kansas City continues its improbably run with another win, their sixth in a row. They are doing it as a complete team, passing, rushing and defense. Last week against Oakland the Chiefs won the week for a lot of fantasy teams with 10 sacks, three INT's and defensive TD and only seven points allowed to the Raiders. This week they face a reeling Texans team that might be without starting QB Matt Schaub. That could actually be a good thing for Houston as Schaub has thrown nine INT's this season. Kansas City's defense has been otherworldly in 2013 and leads the NFL in sacks, defensive TD's, fumbles recovered and sacks. Backups T.J. Yates and Case Keenum are fighting for the starting job in Houston which means Kansas City has a legitimate chance of getting double digit sacks in back-to-back weeks.

2. SEA @ ARI

This is a match made in hell for Arizona QB Carson Palmer as he's thrown the second most INT's with 11 and Seattle's defense has the second most INT's with nine. They have multiple INT's in four of six games and only two teams have allowed fewer points to opposing teams than the Seahawks. Arizona has struggled all season and only nine teams have scored fewer points while only eight teams have fewer rushing yards. Seattle's big physical corners should be able to handle Larry Fitzerald and the cast of no names that are the rest of the Cardinals receiving corps.

3. CHI @ WAS

The Chicago Bears are once again leading with their defense as no other team in the league has more defensive TD's than the four they've scored this season. They are averaging a defensive score every other game and have multiple INT's in three of the six games so far this season. Washington has struggled against good defenses this season and only scored 16 points against the Cowboys on Sunday night last week. The Bears defense continues to be a turnover machine as they are tied with Seattle and Kansas City with eight fumble recoveries and second only to the Chiefs with nine INT's.

4. ARI vs. SEA

The only reason that Arizona is 3-3 at this point is because of their defense. With eight INT's through six games and five fumble recoveries these turnovers are keeping their anemic offense in games. The Cardinals have only allowed one 300-yard passing game, and that was too Drew Brees, while only one RB has gone over the century mark against them. On the Seattle side of the ball Russell Wilson only has one 300 yard passing game this season and has thrown an INT in four of the last five games. In two of the six games this season he's failed to throw a TD in two of the last three games. Only four teams have allowed fewer rushing yards than the Cardinals so the Seahawks will likely have to rely on the arm of Wilson to get it done on Thursday night.

5. SF @ TEN

Fantasy points for defenses are generated largely by turnovers and the 49ers have been on a tear lately with six INT's and four fumble recoveries in the last three games. They've held opposing QB's to under 200 yards passing in four of their six games which matches up well against the sad puppy dog in the rain Titans pass offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken over for Jake Locker in the last two games and has promptly thrown for four INT's. San Francisco will have an excellent shot at three multi-INT games in a row against the hapless Titans.

6. DAL @ PHI

The Dallas defense has been on a bit of roller coaster ride this season with a couple really good games against the Chiefs, Rams, Redskins, and Giants and then two really bad games against the Chargers and Denver. Their defensive numbers lopsided but the three fumble recoveries, three INT's and two defensive scores from week one against the Giants but they've not snagged three INT's in three weeks and added a couple fumble recoveries to boot. Nick Foles replaced Michael Vick two weeks ago and has led the Eagles to back-to-back wins by keeping the ball out of the other team's hands. Both of the defenses he faced are not of the caliber of Dallas and they will be able to put enough pressure on him to make a couple mistakes.

7. STL @ CAR

The Rams defense has come alive in the past two weeks against a couple struggling teams. Until last week against the Vikings the Panthers were also a struggling team but that was more about the Vikings ineptitude than anything the Panthers did effectively. In the past two games the Rams have scored three defensive TD's, and have generated seven turnovers. Cam Newton has been average this season and thrown an INT in three of five games and only has one 300-yard game under his belt. DeAngelo Williams has yet to find the endzone as Tolbert has stolen most of the goal line and redzone work and only has one game with more than 85 yards rushing.

8. CAR vs. STL

Get ready for a defensive battle as the Panthers defense has definitely outshone its offensive teammates this season. Only the Chiefs have allowed fewer points than the Panthers and only six teams have more INT's. In the past three games the Panthers have brought down seven INT's and logged 12 sacks. Sam Bradford has back-to-back three TD games but against tougher defenses like Dallas and San Francisco he struggled with only two TD's and one INT. The Rams have the 27th best rushing attack in the league which makes them pretty one dimensional, which makes it easier on opposing defenses.

9. IND vs. DEN

Don't get me wrong, Peyton Manning is the best player in the NFL so far this season, but in games five and six his marble façade has started to show some cracks. He's thrown back-to-back INT's and is faced with making his first return to Indianapolis since signing with the Broncos before last season. The Colts defense has yet to give up a 300-yard passing game and they are averaging just over one INT a game through six games. The Broncos have yet to score fewer than 35 points but with the emotion of returning to Indianapolis and the pressure to perform against Andrew Luck there is opportunity for the Colts defense to make some plays.

10. TEN vs. SF

Tennessee's defense has allowed the 10th fewest points against this season while showing a propensity for turnovers with seven fumble recoveries and six interceptions. Colin Kaepernick hasn't shown quite the spark that he had last season and has only thrown for over 200 yards in two of six games. Only two teams have more fumbles than the 49ers which will play right into the Titans hands (literally). The Titans weak spot is their rushing defense as they've allowed teams to rush for over 100 yards in four of six games. Frank Gore is in the top five for total rushing yards so look for the Titans to make the most of the 49ers passing plays to generate turnovers.



Buffalo comes into week seven tied with the Chiefs and the Lions for the most INT's in the NFL. They've turned that into one defensive TD and are tied with two other teams for the third most sacks with 20. Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense had a rough couple of weeks heading into the bye and he threw for three INT's against New Orleans in week four alone. Buffalo has allowed the eight most points against in the NFL but has stayed in games because of their defenses propensity for picking off passes. Buffalo will allow Miami to put up some points this week but the turnover ratio makes them a viable sleeper candidate in week seven.


After a textbook Tom Brady win last week the Patriots have some swagger back, which doesn't bode well for the New York Jets this week. The Patriots defense has been holding down the fort as Brady tries to get things going with a patchwork quilt like WR and RB group. Only three teams have allowed fewer points than the Patriots this season and their +5 give/take away differential is tied for third best in the AFC. The Jets on the other hand have a differential of -11 and a lot of that is led by Geno Smith and his 11 INT's. Smith has thrown for multiple INT's in four of six games and his motley crew of RB's has only one game of over 66 yards rushing. Bill Belichek is exceptional at scheming against rookie QB's so I expect Geno Smith see several exotic defensive packages for the first time and make some mistakes.

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