You will not find anything too dramatic at the top of my Week 7 fantasy defense/special teams (DST) rankings. However, near the bottom, you'll notice a team I'm shading far more than others – the Kansas City Chiefs.
I actually thought the Chiefs DST would be a lot better than it has been so far. Unfortunately for those few remaining owners that are holding onto KC, this DST has been unfit-for-small-childrens'-ears bad. How bad is that exactly?
The Chiefs are coughing up the fifth-most yards in the NFL. As most of us know, there is a pretty close correlation to yards allowed and points allowed, and surprise, Kansas City also is giving up the fifth-most points per game. The Chiefs are getting steamrolled by opposing ground games to the tune of 133 rushing yards per game. But their pass defense has not been much better, giving up 277 yards per game.
Those numbers are not surprising given KC's inability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Chiefs have just seven sacks, the fewest in the league. Injuries have played a role in this, but it can't be the excuse for everything. This defense may not be in the bottom tier when it comes to turnovers generated but it's still in the bottom half of the league standings.
Perhaps the silver lining is that the Chiefs have already faced some decent offenses, including four in the top dozen and haven't gone up against any in the bottom 10. But with another less-than-ideal matchup against Tennessee (a top-10 offense), you had better believe Kansas City isn't sniffing my top 20 DSTs for Week 7, even with six teams on a bye. Stay away.
NFL Defense/Special Teams (DST) Rankings: Week 7
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
— 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.