Week 1 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchups by Position

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Jan 12 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is tackled for a loss by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) and nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu (96) of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Regardless of how high you drafted them, every player is going to run into tough matchups. It’s not just defense that’s important but how they perform against specific positions – for our needs, in terms of fantasy points allowed. A quarterback is much more likely to have a top-10 finish against New Orleans or Buffalo than the Seahawks or Bears and it might be the most important consideration in choosing your starters each week. Let’s take a look at how each defense performs against each position in this week’s matchups. Since no one has given up any fantasy points yet, we’ll have to make do with last season’s fantasy points allowed ranks this week.

Match-Up: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

Ravens

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks*

6

18

12

1

Helps: -

Hurts: Peyton Manning, Julius Thomas, Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme

 

Broncos

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

8

3

2

31

Helps: Ed Dickson, Dallas Clark

Hurts: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Brandon Stokley

 

Match-Up: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Patriots

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

22

8

23

28

Helps: E.J. Manuel, Steve Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Scott Chandler

Hurts: C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson

 

Bills

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

27

31

16

12

Helps: Tom Brady, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen

Hurts: -

 

Match-Up: Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears

Bengals

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

7

12

4

20

Helps: -

Hurts: Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery

Bears

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

4

1

10

8

Helps: -

Hurts: Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, A.J. Green, Brandon Tate, Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert

 

Match-Up: Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns

Dolphins

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

16

14

12

13

Helps: -

Hurts: -

Browns

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

20

21

28

4

Helps: Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson

Hurts: Whoever plays tight end.

 

Match-Up: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Vikings

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

28

7

24

20

Helps: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles, Brandon Pettigrew

Hurts: Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Mikel Leshoure

 

Lions

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

18

12

23

23

Helps: Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph

Hurts: -

 

Match-Up: Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts

Raiders

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

24

27

19

26

Helps: Andrew Luck, Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen

Hurts: -

 

Colts

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

12

25

28

11

Helps: Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Denarius Moore, Rod Streater

Hurts: Whoever plays tight end.

 

Match-Up: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

Falcons

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

10

23

7

19

Helps: Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram

Hurts: Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Kenny Stills, Nick Toon

 

Saints

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

32

32

32

24

Helps: Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez

Hurts: No one.

 

Match-Up: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets

Bucs

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

31

11

31

29

Helps: Geno Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Santonio Holmes, Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow

Hurts: -

 

Jets

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

5

24

3

15

Helps: Doug Martin

Hurts: Josh Freeman, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree

 

Match-Up: Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

Titans

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

24

29

22

30

Helps: Ben Roethlisberger, Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Felix Jones, Heath Miller or whoever plays tight end

Hurts: -

 

Steelers

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

1

5

5

6

Helps: No one.

Hurts: Jake Locker, Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker or whoever plays tight end

 

Match-Up: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

Seahawks

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

2

6

1

17

Helps: -

Hurts: Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell

 

Panthers

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

11

21

8

25

Helps: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Zach Miller

Hurts: Russell Wilson, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin

 

Match-Up: Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars

Chiefs

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

22

25

20

7

Helps: Blaine Gabbert, Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts

Hurts: Whoever plays tight end.

Jags

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

18

30

14

16

Helps: Jamaal Charles

Hurts: -

 

Match-Up: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

Cards

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

3

20

10

10

Helps: -

Hurts: Sam Bradford, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook

 

Rams

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

17

19

9

18

Helps: -

Hurts: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts

 

Match-Up: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

Packers

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

14

17

17

2

Helps: -

Hurts: Vernon Davis

 

49ers

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

9

2

6

9

Helps: No one.

Hurts: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley

 

Match-Up: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Giants

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

26

15

27

12

Helps: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin

Hurts: -

 

Cowboys

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

13

28

15

21

Helps: David Wilson, Brandon Myers

Hurts: -

 

Match-Up: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Eagles

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

30

16

25

5

Helps: Robert Griffin, Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss

Hurts: Fred Davis

 

Redskins

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

28

9

30

32

Helps: Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Brent Celek

Hurts: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown

 

Match-Up: Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers

Texans

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

15

4

21

27

Helps: Vincent Brown, Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates

Hurts: Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Danny Woodhead

 

Chargers

Rank vs. QB

Rank vs. RB

Rank vs. WR

Rank vs. TE

2012 Ranks

20

10

18

3

Helps: -

Hurts: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Owen Daniels

*Rankings courtesy of Yahoo.com.

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.
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