Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12: D/ST

Thanksgiving week is when the "sloppy short-week game" really gets put to the test. There are three games on Thursday, including the two traditional afternoon affairs, so we could see lackadaisical play, which is generally good for D/STs. However, given the offenses and defenses involved in the three games (Bears-Lions, Redskins-Cowboys, Falcons-Saints), there isn't much room for teams to move up or down our Week 12 fantasy defense rankings. 

The Bears are a must-start as always, and the Cowboys get a bump because of Alex Smith's leg injury. The Redskins and Lions can be solid (especially the Redskins), but neither stand out. The Falcons and Saints are poor starts even with the Saints at home and playing better, but there are still a few waiver wire pickups who could function as decent fill-ins for the Chiefs and Rams. The Bills (vs. Jaguars), Browns (@ Bengals), and Colts (vs. Dolphins) look like legit plays, while the Bengals (vs. Browns), Bucs (vs. 49ers), and 49ers (@ Bucs) are the longshot plays with favorable matchups.

Week 12 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Kicker

On the flip side, the Vikings and Packers, who play each other, both look like weak options, and the Broncos (vs. Steelers) will also struggle. Both Seattle and Carolina, who play each other, don't offer much either. Overall, this isn't a great week for D/STs, but it's not as bad as last week, so you should be able to find a decent starting unit.

Note: We'll be updating our D/ST rankings and adding analysis throughout the week, so check back often.

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Chicago Bears

Bears @ Lions

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Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers vs. Cardinals

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Houston Texans

Texans vs. Titans

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars @ Bills

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Baltimore Ravens

Ravens vs. Raiders

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New England Patriots

Patriots @ Jets

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Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys vs. Redskins

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Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles vs. Giants

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Buffalo Bills

Bills vs. Jaguars

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Cleveland Browns

Browns @ Bengals

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Indianapolis Colts

Colts vs. Dolphins

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers @ Broncos

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Washington Redskins

Redskins @ Cowboys

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San Francisco 49ers

49ers @ Buccaneers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers vs. 49ers

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Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals vs. Browns

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Carolina Panthers

Panthers vs. Seahawks

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Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks @ Panthers

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Tennessee Titans

Titans @ Texans

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Detroit Lions

Lions vs. Bears

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Denver Broncos

Broncos vs. Steelers

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Minnesota Vikings

Vikings vs. Packers

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Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Vikings

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New York Giants

Giants @ Eagles

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Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals @ Chargers

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New Orleans Saints

Saints vs. Falcons

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Miami Dolphins

Dolphins @ Colts

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Atlanta Falcons

Falcons @ Saints

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Oakland Raiders

Raiders @ Ravens

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New York Jets

Jets vs. Patriots