Depending on league scoring, the Minnesota Vikings have the most fantasy points out of all defense/special teams (DST). They have three defensive touchdowns, six interceptions, five fumble recoveries, a safety and 15 sacks. Those 15 sacks are second in the league, behind Denver, our No. 3 DST for Week 5.
The Broncos are set to host the Falcons, who just picked apart Carolina's defense behind Matt Ryan (503 yards) and Julio Jones (300 yards, 3 TDs). While Denver’s defense appears stronger than Carolina’s to this point, Atlanta’s offensive success in the early going is the reason the Broncos aren't No. 1 this week. Minnesota takes on Houston and Brock Osweiler, who already has six interceptions this season. Expect a few more in Week 5.
And while byes may not factor as much for DSTs as other positions, this is the week that Seattle is off, as well as Kansas City, so you will need to find a replacement for those two teams. Let’s face it, Jacksonville and New Orleans also being on bye really doesn’t matter, at least from the DST standpoint.
Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle
— Rankings 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.