Despite solid performances all year from both the Seahawks and the Broncos, neither ends up with the No. 1 spot among fantasy defense/special teams (DSTs) for Week 13. Rather, that honor goes to the Arizona Cardinals, who have consistently put up positive fantasy numbers, regardless of the matchup.
This week, the Cardinals face St. Louis. They played the Rams in Week 4, a game in which the Cardinals DST posted its lowest fantasy point output of the year. However, the Rams allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. This has the makings of a low-scoring game, which only helps fantasy DSTs.
Another equally appealing option is the Bengals, who draw the anemic Browns. Cleveland is tied for last in the NFL in rushing and has scored just two TDs on the ground all season. To make this matchup even more appealing, the Browns will either have backup Austin Davis or the embattled Johnny Manziel at quarterback with Josh McCown (broken collarbone) out for the season.
Here are the Week 13 DST rankings:
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— 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.