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Fantasy Football: Week 12 Defense Rankings

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Fantasy owners are running out of time to make their league's playoffs, so every lineup decision you make from now on matters. 

A defense can make or break your week if you don't know which matchups to target, and that's where these rankings come in handy. Here are the top 20 fantasy defenses to start in Week 12.

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1. Miami Dolphins (vs. Jets)

The Dolphins didn't earn their top billing last week, but they're going to remain at No. 1 for one simple fact. They're playing the Jets.

2. New York Giants (vs. Bengals)

With Joe Burrow done for the year, the Bengals will be a target for fantasy owners picking their defenses. The Giants have also been playing well as of late and could be in line for a good day in a game they need to keep up in the NFC East. 

3. Los Angeles Rams (vs. 49ers)

The 49ers have practically no skill players available and the Rams are coming off a big win over the Buccaneers on Monday night. Kyle Shanahan typically figures something out, but this one won't be easy.

4. Cleveland Browns (vs. Jaguars)

The Browns looked great without Myles Garrett against the Eagles last week, and they'll have to do it without him again against a Jaguars team that looks destined for a top-three pick in the draft. 


5. New Orleans Saints (vs. Broncos)

Drew Lock had a bounce-back performance against the Dolphins thanks to a potent rushing attack. Can they sustain that success on the ground against the best rushing defense in the league in New Orleans?

6. Green Bay Packers (vs. Bears)

The Bears might be changing quarterbacks again and that's usually a good sign for whatever defense is scheduled to face them. The Packers are also coming off a disappointing loss to the Colts where they blew a lead in the second half.

7. Seattle Seahawks (vs. Eagles)

The Eagles have an unimaginative scheme with limited talent around Carson Wentz and Wentz himself is playing like the worst quarterback in the NFL. The Seahawks' defense has been bad, bu the Eagles have not proven an ability to take advantage of a college defense, let alone a bad NFL one. 

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Ravens)

Pittsburgh has to feel good about their ability to defend Lamar Jackson and they'll get another chance to force more turnovers and stifle the Ravens' passing attack on Thanksgiving night. 

9. Washington Football Team (vs. Cowboys)

Whoever wins this game will head into the Sunday slate of Week 12 in first place in the division. If Washington's defense plays the way it did the last time these teams met, it'll be them. 

10. Baltimore Ravens (vs. Steelers)

The Ravens' playoff hopes are dwindling with every loss, and even though this is a tough game on the road with a bunch of injuries and players out due to COVID-19, this is a must-win game for Baltimore. Typically defenses come out to play in those types of games. 

11. Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Buccaneers)

12. Indianapolis Colts (vs. Titans)

13. Dallas Cowboys (vs. Washington)

14. Arizona Cardinals (vs. Patriots)

15. San Francisco 49ers (vs. Rams)

16. Houston Texans (vs. Lions)

17. Minnesota Vikings (vs. Panthers)

18. Buffalo Bills (vs. Chargers)

19. Carolina Panthers (vs. Vikings)

20. Denver Broncos (vs. Saints)