Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Lots of defensive firepower taking a seat this week, as the first bye of the season shakes up Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 4. No Seattle, Cincinnati, Arizona, Denver, St. Louis or Cleveland means many an owner will have to look elsewhere to fill this spot in their lineup. One potential option could be San Diego. The Chargers have done a good job of limiting the opposition on the scoreboard (16.3 ppg, 4th in the NFL), as well as getting to the quarterback (7 sacks). Jacksonville comes to town this week as a team that has lost its past two games by a combined score of 85-27 and has given up 14 sacks and committed four turnovers during that same span. Oh yeah, the Jaguars also have to make a cross-country trip to the West Coast and will have a rookie quarterback (Blake Bortles) making his first career NFL start. Any surprise why the Super Chargers are our No. 1 DST?

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Teams on bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Seattle

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Rank

Player

Opp

Comments

1

San Diego Chargers

vs. JAC

Jags have allowed most sacks (17), are starting rookie QB.

2

New England Patriots

at KC (Mon.)

Will it be Charles or Davis or both on MNF?

3

Carolina Panthers

at BAL

Panthers' D reeling after PIT blowout?

4

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs. TB

Bucs' 30th in NFL in total offense.

5

Houston Texans

vs. BUF

Looking to rebound after rough outing vs. NYG.

6

Miami Dolphins

vs. OAK (London)

Can 'Fins take advantage of bad OAK O?

7

Buffalo Bills

at HOU

Bills have been solid against run.

8

Detroit Lions

at NYJ

Geno still prone to the big mistakes.

9

Baltimore Ravens

vs. CAR

Panthers struggling to run the ball.

10

Indianapolis Colts

vs. TEN

Titans could have new QB under center.

11

San Francisco 49ers

vs. PHI

Eagles' up-tempo attack next tough test.

12

New Orleans Saints

at DAL

Saints have forced just 1 turnover so far.

13

Atlanta Falcons

at MIN

8 PA, 3 sacks, 5 takeaways, 2 TDs vs. TB.

14

Kansas City Chiefs

vs. NE (Mon.)

Patriots' O not clicking on all cylinders.

15

Washington Redskins

vs. NYG

Redskins' D pleasant surprise, but pretty banged up.

16

Chicago Bears

vs. GB

Bears' D holding up despite rash of injuries.

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

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