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Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 9

Justin Houston

Justin Houston

Not to pick on Jacksonville, but there’s a reason its opponent leads off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 9. To put it simply, the Jaguars are allowing an average of 17 fantasy points per game (Athlon scoring) to opposing DSTs. Last week alone, Miami returned two Blake Bortles interceptions for touchdowns. This week’s lucky DST is Cincinnati, which has rebounded somewhat after some disappointing showings. Another strong starting option this week is Kansas City, which will unleash Justin Houston (NFL-leading 10 sacks) and its other pass-rushers against Michael Vick and the turnover-prone Jets (18 giveaways) on Sunday.

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 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Teams on bye: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

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Rank

Player

Opp

1

Cincinnati Bengals

vs. JAC

2

San Francisco 49ers

vs. STL

3

Kansas City Chiefs

vs. NYJ

4

Seattle Seahawks

vs. OAK

5

Cleveland Browns

vs. TB

6

Philadelphia Eagles

at HOU

7

Minnesota Vikings

vs. WAS

8

Houston Texans

vs. PHI

9

Baltimore Ravens

at PIT

10

Miami Dolphins

vs. SD

11

Indianapolis Colts

at NYG (Mon.)

12

Arizona Cardinals

at DAL

13

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs. BAL

14

Denver Broncos

at NE

15

New England Patriots

vs. DEN

16

Washington Redskins

at 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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