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Fantasy Football 2016 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 1

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When looking at a defense/special teams to round out your fantasy football lineup, the biggest key is pick a defense from the team that should win the game. Typically home teams fare better than the visiting teams, but that's not always the case.

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For example, Carolina is basically matchup-proof, which is why Luke Kuechly and the Panthers come in at No. 2 this week even though they are playing in Denver, while the visiting Rams are appealing because of their opponent (49ers).

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For Week 1, the DST rankings are based on last year's performance and how they have looked in the preseason. It's hard to tell what will happen in a new season, but here are the Week 1 DST rankings:

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyProsECR ™ - Expert Consensus Rankings

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.