I am pretty aligned with the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) for my Week 9 fantasy football defense/special teams (DST) rankings. Therefore, let's focus on my top team, the Buffalo Bills, who some folks don't even realize how good they have been.
Most of you probably know they have allowed the fewest points in the league. You might also know they have allowed the fewest yards in the league as well. But part of that is because they are also good at getting off the field as they have allowed the second-fewest offensive plays to be run against them. And it's even more amazing when you realize that they are only middle of the pack in third-down conversion rate!
But let's keep talking about how good the Bills are. They are the third-best team in the fewest rushing TDs allowed as well as the third-best team in the fewest passing TDs allowed. They are also the third-best team when it comes to red zone TDs allowed. Add it all up and they have allowed the second-fewest TDs.
Buffalo is ninth in sacks, which gives them a nice floor every week but also is a great ceiling play week in and week out since the Bills are No. 1 in interceptions.
No matter how you slice it, this Buffalo defense is pretty gosh darn good. And the Bills are facing the Jets this week? Oh boy. I really hope I am not playing any teams with Buffalo as their DST this week.
See below for the rest of the teams in my Week 9 DST rankings behind the Bills.
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
NFL Defense/Special Teams (DST) Rankings: Week 9
— 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.