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Week 17 Player Fantasy Rankings - Defense

By Jesse Pantuosco, Fantasy Sports Writer

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - For all intents and purposes, the Redskins have a terrible defense. In fact, earlier this season, they were on pace to give up more passing yards than any team in NFL history.

A team that has given up 30 or more points a whopping eight times has no business being in the fantasy top-ten. Yet here they are, listed at No. 7 in between two playoff teams.

Have I lost my mind? Sure, that's part of it but did you see who they're playing this week?

Somehow the New York Giants, host of the universe's first cold weather Super Bowl later this winter, have managed to be as dreadful on offense as the Redskins have been on defense.

Eli Manning, who by some divine miracle has accrued more Super Bowl rings than his far more-talented older brother, has thrown a pick in 12 of his 15 games this season. One of those came against the Redskins earlier this month.

And that's not even the bad part. New York's ground game has been a disaster this season. Only the Falcons have rushed for fewer yards while the Lions are the only team that has lost more fumbles than the Giants in 2013.

With Victor Cruz out for the season, this offense should be even more anemic than usual. Add in a few rain drops (the forecast calls for scattered showers on Sunday) and you've got an offense that may not make it to double-digits.

I know it's championship week and the Redskins have been awful all season but if there was ever a week to start them, this would be it.

Top-25 Defense/Special Teams Rankings


1) Miami Dolphins

2) Indianapolis Colts

3) Seattle Seahawks

4) Cincinnati Bengals

5) Denver Broncos

6) New Orleans Saints

7) Washington Redskins

8) Carolina Panthers

9) Pittsburgh Steelers

10) New England Patriots

11) Arizona Cardinals

12) Tennessee Titans

13) San Francisco 49ers

14) St. Louis Rams

15) Philadelphia Eagles

16) New York Jets

17) Detroit Lions

18) New York Giants

19) Green Bay Packers

20) San Diego Chargers

21) Baltimore Ravens

22) Cleveland Browns

23) Atlanta Falcons

24) Buffalo Bills

25) Minnesota Vikings

12/26 21:29:18 ET

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