Perhaps we should begin the Week 13 fantasy defense/special teams (DST) rankings with a little trip to the doctor...
"Your blood pressure is up. You are gaining weight. And you already told me you're not sleeping well. It's obvious you are stressing. Fantasy football again?" asks the doctor.
"Uh-huh. You gotta help me doc. What should I do?"
"Well, first off, many of the experts don't agree, but I think everyone, you especially need some 'R and R' to start."
"You mean rest and relaxation?"
"That couldn't hurt. But no, I'm talking about the Rams and the Ravens!"
And the doc is right. I know, the Rams and the Ravens have fallen into the bottom third of the league's defenses. But the Rams are my No. 2 DST this week for a reason. They bring a very high floor given they have 30 sacks on the season, a mark bested by just four teams. And two of those four teams have played an additional game.
The Rams' opponent this week is the Jaguars, who have scored the fifth-fewest touchdowns in the league. The Rams are about as much a no-stress play as you can find this week. I'm absolutely shocked how low the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) currently has them, but they are my second-highest projected DST this week.
I understand the Ravens being ranked closer to 15th by the ECR, but I've got them within the top 10 this week. Do you realize just how bad their opposing offense this week, the Steelers, is? They are only two slots behind the aforementioned Jags with just 23 TDs. I feel like the "Roethlisberger just needs to retire" has been beaten to death. But even the running game is floundering. The Steelers have the fourth-fewest rushing yards.
The matchup alone makes the Ravens worthy of being a top-10 DST This week.
NFL Defense/Special Teams (DST) Rankings: Week 13
Teams on bye: Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Tennessee
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.