So the biggest difference between my Week 15 fantasy defense/special teams (DST) rankings and the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) is I really don't like the Giants this week. But I'll save my venom for New York later in the week. Because while I have the G-Men at 31, the ECR still had them easily outside the top 20.
Even if your league is in the minority and Week 15 is still the regular season, is anyone really considering starting a DST outside the top 20? In a 14-team league, I doubt anyone is. So instead, let's talk about my No. 2 DST, the Buffalo Bills.
OK, so the Buffalo defense did not look so hot recently as the Buccaneers put up a 33-spot on them this past Sunday. But Tom Brady and that offense frequently make opposing defenses look bad. Despite that, the Bills are still one of the better defenses in the league!
They have allowed the third-fewest points (17.6) per game in the league. Even more impressive, the Bills have allowed the fewest yards per game (288) in the league. They might not have as many sacks as we would like, but they are still third in the league in interceptions (16) and tied for third in fumble recoveries.
And they're taking on a slightly tougher opponent than my top DST is, but Carolina is a mess. The Panthers have the sixth-fewest yards per game and have quickly become irrelevant this season. The ECR and I have three AFC East squads in the top five, but Buffalo is definitely my favorite this week.
NFL Defense/Special Teams (DST) Rankings: Week 15
— 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.