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by Russ Bliss (11/13/12)


Week 10 is over and by now you're most likely looking ahead to your fantasy playoffs! Knowing the fantasy football rankings for each defense and the amount of fantasy points they allow per game vs. both the run and through the air is important so you not only know which of your players have favorable, or unfavorable matchups, but also it's a great guide to know who to target for acquisition from both your free agent wire, and also from other teams in your league via trades.

Below is a graph showing all 32 NFL teams and their rushing matchups in weeks 14-16. These are usually the fantasy playoffs weeks in most leagues. I have also included off the right, the matchups for weeks 13 and 17 for those whose leagues either start their playoffs early, or end them in the dreaded week 17, when so many teams with important fantasy players have determined their playoff seeding and will likely be resting their players. Some leagues still go thru week 17 despite this and therefore I have included them for you to see how each team's matchup is thru then if yours does.

Now just because a team has very favorable matchups does not mean you should definitely go out and get the RB's from that team. As you can see from the graph, Miami has the best rushing matchups in weeks 15 and 16 facing the bottom two fantasy run defenses those weeks. But will Reggie Bush still be in his time share with Daniel Thomas? Will Daniel Thomas take over, or will he fade back to obscurity? Conversely, both Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Baltimore's Ray Rice have really bad matchups during weeks 14-16. You aren't going to trade them away to acquire guys like Bush and Willis McGahee just because of the disparity in their matchups.

What it does mean is that if you have guys like BenJarvus Green-Ellis or Michael Turner (RB's who have poor matchups those weeks) you trade them for Bush and McGahee if you can.

You'll never sit your studs like AP and Rice, but you want to make sure that if they get injured, you have quality RB's with superior matchups you can plug into their spots those weeks. It's almost a two-prong affect as it also makes sure your potential opponents cannot be using these RB's with great matchups against you.

I have ranked them by the total amount of fantasy points the 3 opponents they face in weeks 14-16 have allowed. I've also included the rankings of those defenses.

Knowing the matchups and being prepared can help you beat the guys with the studs, or help the guys with the studs prevent others from beating him.

By examining this list, you'll be able to figure out who you should be trading for, and who you should be avoiding. And remember, this list uses the simple generic fantasy points allowed per game formula of 1 point for every 10 rushing yards allowed, 6 points for rushing TD allowed divided by the number of games each defense has played. Italics represent road games.
 

Overall

Rushing matchups

14

15

16

Totals


13

17










1

Miami Dolphins









opponent

SF

JAC

BUF



NE

NE


FP/PG

11.53

23.08

27.03

61.64


13.01

13.01


Rank

4

31

32

67


7

7










2

New York Giants









opponent

NO

ATL

BAL



WAS

PHI


FP/PG

22.2

18.98

19.2

60.38


14.29

13.6


Rank

30

26

27

83


14

12










3

Denver Broncos









opponent

OAK

BAL

CLE



TB

KC


FP/PG

20.57

19.2

17.89

57.66


12.01

15.59


Rank

28

27

21

76


5

18










4

Kansas City Chiefs









opponent

CLE

OAK

IND



CAR

DEN


FP/PG

17.89

20.57

18.03

56.49


15.97

13.17


Rank

21

28

22

71


20

9










5

St. Louis Rams









opponent

BUF

MIN

TB



SF

SEA


FP/PG

27.03

15.36

12.01

54.4


11.53

13.06


Rank

32

17

5

54


4

8










6

Dallas Cowboys









opponent

CIN

PIT

NO



PHI

WAS


FP/PG

18.5

13.46

22.2

54.16


13.6

14.29


Rank

24

10

30

64


12

14










7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers









opponent

PHI

NO

STL



DEN

ATL


FP/PG

13.6

22.2

18.08

53.88


13.17

18.98


Rank

12

30

23

65


9

26










8

Seattle Seahawks









opponent

AZ

BUF

SF



CHI

STL


FP/PG

15.28

27.03

11.53

53.84


10.57

18.08


Rank

16

32

4

52


2

23










9

Tennessee Titans









opponent

IND

NYJ

GB



HOU

JAC


FP/PG

18.03

21.17

13.83

53.03


8.56

23.08


Rank

22

29

13

64


1

31










10

New York Jets









opponent

JAC

TEN

SD



AZ

BUF


FP/PG

23.08

18.68

10.96

52.72


15.28

27.03


Rank

31

25

3

59


16

32










11

Washington Redskins









opponent

BAL

CLE

PHI



NYG

DAL


FP/PG

19.2

17.89

13.6

50.69


14.98

15.86


Rank

27

21

12

60


15

19










12

San Diego Chargers









opponent

PIT

CAR

NYJ



CIN

OAK


FP/PG

13.46

15.97

21.17

50.6


18.5

20.57


Rank

10

20

29

59


24

28










13

Carolina Panthers









opponent

ATL

SD

OAK



KC

NO


FP/PG

18.98

10.96

20.57

50.51


15.59

22.2


Rank

26

3

28

57


18

30










14

Detroit Lions









opponent

GB

AZ

ATL



IND

CHI


FP/PG

13.83

15.28

18.98

48.09


18.03

10.57


Rank

13

16

26

55


22

2










15

Houston Texans









opponent

NE

IND

MIN



TEN

IND


FP/PG

13.01

18.03

15.36

46.4


18.68

18.03


Rank

7

22

17

46


25

22










16

Jacksonville Jaguars









opponent

NYJ

MIA

NE



BUF

TEN


FP/PG

21.17

12.09

13.01

46.27


27.03

18.68


Rank

29

6

7

42


32

25










17

Pittsburgh Steelers









opponent

SD

DAL

CIN



BAL

CLE


FP/PG

10.96

15.86

18.5

45.32


19.2

17.89


Rank

3

19

24

46


27

21










18

Philadelphia Eagles









opponent

TB

CIN

WAS



DAL

NYG


FP/PG

12.01

18.5

14.29

44.8


15.86

14.98


Rank

5

24

14

43


19

15










19

Oakland Raiders









opponent

DEN

KC

CAR



CLE

SD


FP/PG

13.17

15.59

15.97

44.73


17.89

10.96


Rank

9

18

20

47


21

3










20

Atlanta Falcons









opponent

CAR

NYG

DET



NO

TB


FP/PG

15.97

14.98

13.54

44.49


22.2

12.01


Rank

20

15

11

46


30

5










21

Chicago Bears









opponent

MIN

GB

AZ



SEA

DET


FP/PG

15.36

13.83

15.28

44.47


13.06

13.54


Rank

17

13

16

46


8

11










22

Buffalo Bills









opponent

STL

SEA

MIA



JAC

NYJ


FP/PG

18.08

13.06

12.09

43.23


23.08

21.17


Rank

23

8

6

37


31

29










23

New England Patriots









opponent

HOU

SF

JAC



MIA

MIA


FP/PG

8.56

11.53

23.08

43.17


12.09

12.09


Rank

1

4

31

36


6

6










24

Cleveland Browns









opponent

KC

WAS

DEN



OAK

PIT


FP/PG

15.59

14.29

13.17

43.05


20.57

13.46


Rank

18

14

9

41


28

10










25

Cincinnati Bengals









opponent

DAL

PHI

PIT



SD

BAL


FP/PG

15.86

13.6

13.46

42.92


10.96

19.2


Rank

19

12

10

41


3

27










26

New Orleans Saints









opponent

NYG

TB

DAL



ATL

CAR


FP/PG

14.98

12.01

15.86

42.85


18.98

15.97


Rank

15

5

19

39


26

20










27

Indianapolis Colts









opponent

TEN

HOU

KC



DET

HOU


FP/PG

18.68

8.56

15.59

42.83


13.54

8.56


Rank

25

1

18

44


11

1










28

Green Bay Packers









opponent

DET

CHI

TEN



MIN

MIN


FP/PG

13.54

10.57

18.68

42.79


15.36

15.36


Rank

11

2

25

38


17

17










29

Baltimore Ravens









opponent

WAS

DEN

NYG



PIT

CIN


FP/PG

14.29

13.17

14.98

42.44


13.46

18.5


Rank

14

9

15

38


10

24










30

San Francisco 49ers









opponent

MIA

NE

SEA



STL

AZ


FP/PG

12.09

13.01

13.06

38.16


18.08

15.28


Rank

6

7

8

21


23

16










31

Minnesota Vikings









opponent

CHI

STL

HOU



GB

GB


FP/PG

10.57

18.08

8.56

37.21


13.83

13.83


Rank

2

23

1

26


13

13










32

Arizona Cardinals









opponent

SEA

DET

CHI



NYJ

SF


FP/PG

13.06

13.54

10.57

37.17


21.17

11.53


Rank

8

11

2

21


29

4