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Defense/Special Teams Rankings: NFL Fantasy Week 14

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My guess is that a few will be looking very closely at the Week 14 fantasy defense/special teams (DST) rankings. The reason is that four of the top DSTs in fantasy football are all on bye this week  New England (No. 1), Indianapolis (No. 4), Miami (No. 8), and Philadelphia (No. 10).

As a result, I have got New Orleans and Denver atop my DST rankings this week, along with the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings). They are No. 11 and No. 7, respectively, when it comes to fantasy scoring this season. And this week, the Saints get the Jets on the road while the Broncos host the Lions. So I don't think I need to expound further on why New Orleans and Denver are ranked highly this week.

But with the fantasy football regular season winding down either this week or next, you need to start looking at your matchups for the playoffs. I'm not a big matchup guy when it comes to DSTs in the preseason because we don't know which offenses will be good or not. But with 13 weeks in the book, we have a pretty good idea. 

Despite not ranking them this week, you might want to grab some of those DSTs on bye this week if someone is foolish enough to drop them. New England for example has tough games against Indianapolis and Buffalo, but then gets Jacksonville in Week 17, the Fantasy Football Super Bowl for most leagues. The Colts likely should be left untouched in free agency as they have some tough matchups in the fantasy playoffs.

After the bye, Miami has the Jets, Saints, and then the Titans. Depending on your options, that could be worthy of a look. But my favorite of the four might be Philadelphia. The Eagles finish the season with four straight divisional games. I don't love Dallas in Week 18 if your league plays that week. But the Giants, who are 26th in the NFL in total offense and 28th in scoring, come to the City of Brotherly Love in Week 16 and that's sandwiched between two games against Washington, a team that is averaging less than 21 points a game.

Don't be surprised when you see many of the teams on bye this week near the top of my rankings moving forward.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

NFL Defense/Special Teams (DST) Rankings: Week 14

Teams on bye: Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Philadelphia 

— 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.