When it comes to setting fantasy football lineups, most people spend a lot of time trying to figure out which running back and wide receiver will put up the most fantasy points each week. While it is true that most of the fantasy points will come from these positions, choosing a defense/special teams (DST) can be just as tricky.
In Week 1, DST rankings are based mostly on speculation. While the previous year's rankings and performance can play a small role, so much changes on a team's defensive front it is hard to truly carry rankings forward.
Rather, look at the matchup for the DST. This is the reason Seattle, Carolina and Miami are the top three DST plays for Week 1. Even though all three of these teams have away games, the opponent (St. Louis, Jacksonville and Washington, respectively) is reason enough to trust them for Week 1.
The New York Jets are home to a Cleveland team that is trusting Josh McCown, Isaiah Crowell and Andrew Hawkins to lead their offense. It doesn't quite sound like a group that is going to put a lot of points on the board.
Rookie quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston face off in Week 1, and both of their respective DSTs are in the top 20, although Tampa Bay's DST is ranked higher than Tennessee's.
Here are the DST rankings for Week 1:
2015 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.