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Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 5

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seattle’s defense has not performed like the No. 1 DST thus far, but the reigning Super Bowl champion’s Week 5 matchup is too tempting to not reinstate them at the top of Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings. The Seahawks may be on the road for their Monday night tilt with Washington, but the Redskins are coming off of a horrendous Week 4 loss to the Giants in which Kirk Cousins alone was responsible for five turnovers. Who are you going to trust more – the “Legion of Boom” or Cousins? That’s what I thought.

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 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Teams on bye: Miami, Oakland

Rank

Player

Opp

1

Seattle Seahawks

at WAS (Mon.)

2

San Diego Chargers

vs. NYJ

3

Cincinnati Bengals

at NE

4

Pittsburgh Steelers

at JAC

5

Detroit Lions

vs. BUF

6

San Francisco 49ers

vs. KC

7

Houston Texans

at DAL

8

Denver Broncos

vs. ARI

9

Philadelphia Eagles

vs. STL

10

New England Patriots

vs. CIN

11

Kansas City Chiefs

at SF

12

Arizona Cardinals

at DEN

13

Buffalo Bills

at DET

14

New York Giants

vs. ATL

15

Cleveland Browns

at TEN

16

St. Louis Rams

at PHI

DEFENSIVE SCORINGRankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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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