Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings 2019

Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears D/ST start the season where they finished — at No. 1

The Chicago Bears will look to do something in 2019 that's not easy — repeat as the No. 1 fantasy defense/special teams (D/ST). The Bears were the best in the NFL last season when it came to takeaways (36), were able to get to the quarterback consistently (50 sacks, tied for third), and didn't give up many points (17.7 ppg). Put it all together and that's a recipe for fantasy goodness from a D/ST.


But can Khalil Mack and company do this again? While no one is expecting Chicago's defense to take a major step backward in 2019, simply duplicating the number of turnovers they generated (including a league-high 27 INTs) is a lot to expect. And let's not forget that there's a new coordinator (Chuck Pagano replaces Vic Fangio) that will be calling the shots.


That doesn't mean the Bears still aren't the No. 1 fantasy D/ST entering this season, it just means don't reach for this unit in your draft banking on a repeat. Besides, Chicago wasn't anywhere near the top of these rankings this time last year, which means it's entirely possible that another D/ST, perhaps one that's not on anyone's radar right now, winds up being fantasy's No. 1 unit when all is said and done.


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2019 Defense/Special Teams Rankings


Rk Player Bye
1 Chicago Bears 6
2 Los Angeles Chargers 12
3 Minnesota Vikings 12
4 Kansas City Chiefs 12
5 Jacksonville Jaguars 10
6 Philadelphia Eagles 10
7 Denver Broncos 10
8 Houston Texans 10
9 Los Angeles Rams 9
10 New England Patriots 10
11 Indianapolis Colts 6
12 New Orleans Saints 9
13 Pittsburgh Steelers 7
14 Arizona Cardinals 12
15 Baltimore Ravens 8
16 Carolina Panthers 7
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7
18 Washington Redskins 10
19 Buffalo Bills 6
20 Dallas Cowboys 8
21 Cleveland Browns 7
22 Detroit Lions 5
23 Atlanta Falcons 9
24 Cincinnati Bengals 9
25 Miami Dolphins 5
26 New York Jets 4
27 Tennessee Titans 11
28 Green Bay Packers 11
29 New York Giants 11
30 San Francisco 49ers 4
31 Seattle Seahawks 11
32 Oakland Raiders 6

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