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Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 8

Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis

Sometimes it’s all about matchups and that’s definitely the case here as it relates to Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 8. For the season, Miami’s DST Is averaging 10.2 fantasy points (Athlon scoring), which places the Dolphins seventh. Jacksonville has allowed the most sacks in the NFL and is giving up 15.1 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs. Sometimes it really is that simple. If Miami isn’t to your liking or is unavailable in your league perhaps Indianapolis’ DST would interest you? The Colts may have Andrew Luck, but this defense is coming off of a shutout of the Bengals and has posted double-digit fantasy points in each of their past five games. Indy also is one spot ahead of Miami in terms of fantasy points per game (10.9) on the season.

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 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

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Rank

Player

Opp

1

Miami Dolphins

at JAC

2

Detroit Lions

vs. ATL (London)

3

Buffalo Bills

at NYJ

4

Houston Texans

at TEN

5

Dallas Cowboys

vs. WAS (Mon.)

6

New England Patriots

vs. CHI

7

Kansas City Chiefs

vs. STL

8

Baltimore Ravens

at CIN

9

Denver Broncos

vs. SD (Thurs.)

10

Indianapolis Colts

at PIT

11

Philadelphia Eagles

at ARI

12

Seattle Seahawks

at CAR

13

Arizona Cardinals

vs. PHI

14

Cleveland Browns

vs. OAK

15

Cincinnati Bengals

vs. BAL

16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

vs. MIN

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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