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Week 2 Player Fantasy Rankings - Defense

By Jesse Pantuosco, Fantasy Sports Writer

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A lot of people ask me, "What do you look for in a fantasy defense?"

Most people point to fumble recoveries and interceptions but I think it's much simpler than that.

I just look to see who's playing Jacksonville each week.

The Jaguars made the Chiefs look like the '85 Bears on Sunday. With Kansas City coming off a 2-14 season, that's not easy to do.

When Blaine Gabbert wasn't lobbing up freebies (two interceptions), he was getting sacked early and often (six sacks for a loss of 50 yards). His afternoon was cut short by a hand injury that required 15 stitches.

Now the Jags turn to Chad Henne, who believe it or not, might actually be worse than Gabbert. With Justin Blackmon on the shelf (he's serving a four-game suspension) and Maurice Jones-Drew running like he's carrying a shelf, absolutely no good can come from this situation. Unless, of course, you own the Raiders' defense in fantasy.

Enjoy it while it lasts, Oakland. This is your one week at the top. The Patriots and Bengals round out the rest of the best in Week 2.

Top-25 Defense/Special Teams Rankings


1) Oakland Raiders

2) New England Patriots

3) Cincinnati Bengals

4) Indianapolis Colts

5) Houston Texans

6) Baltimore Ravens

7) Jacksonville Jaguars

8) Pittsburgh Steelers

9) Atlanta Falcons

10) Chicago Bears

11) Minnesota Vikings

12) Dallas Cowboys

13) Carolina Panthers

14) Cleveland Browns

15) Buffalo Bills

16) Denver Broncos

17) Philadelphia Eagles

18) Detroit Lions

19) Seattle Seahawks

20) Arizona Cardinals

21) San Francisco 49ers

22) Green Bay Packers

23) Miami Dolphins

24) San Diego Chargers

25) St. Louis Rams

09/12 10:25:30 ET

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