Fantasy Football 2013: Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Seattle is our preseason choice for the top fantasy DST

Seattle remains the No. 1 DST on Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Defense/Special Teams rankings as we get ready for preseason action, but it's another team that's getting plenty of our attention.

The Denver Broncos are currently a top-five DST option, but their ranking has already been impacted by the news of Pro Bowl linebacker's Von Miller's pending four-game suspension. If Miller wins his appeal and misses no or fewer games than a strong argument could be made to move the Broncos as high as No. 2. If he loses his appeal, however, the Broncos could tumble a few more spots, depending on how the teams immediately below them are looking entering Week 1.

Miller may just be one player on a 11-man unit, but his impact as a pass rusher and big playmaker is akin to what would happen if the Texans were to lose J.J. Watt for any significant amount of time. This is especially true for the Broncos now that Elvis Dumervil is in Baltimore. And who do the Ravens open the season against? That's right, the Broncos.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Rk Team Bye
1 Seahawks 12
2 49ers 9
3 Texans 8
4 Broncos 9
5 Bengals 12
6 Rams 11
7 Bears 8
8 Steelers 5
9 Packers 4
10 Ravens 8
11 Dolphins 6
12 Patriots 10
13 Giants 9
14 Cowboys 11
15 Cardinals 9
16 Falcons 6
17 Browns 10
18 Buccaneers 5
19 Chargers 8
20 Vikings 5
21 Panthers 4
22 Redskins 5
23 Chiefs 10
24 Eagles 12
25 Titans 8
26 Bills 12
27 Jets 10
28 Lions 9
29 Colts 8
30 Saints 7
31 Jaguars 9
32 Raiders 7

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

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