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Fantasy Football 2016 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 7


After losing to San Diego last Thursday night, the Denver Broncos are going to be home, which is enough reason in itself to like the chances of a fantasy-pleasing, bounce-back showing from their defense/special teams. On top of that, the opponent is none other than Houston and former Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler.

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Last week, the Texans didn’t really get anything going offensively against Indianapolis until the fourth quarter, as the eventual overtime win momentarily took some heat off of Houston’s well-paid, yet still largely unproven, young quarterback. The Broncos have had a few extra days to rest, recover and prepare for the Texans, while Houston is dealing with a short turnaround. And despite his late-game success and the win last week, Osweiler still has as many interceptions as touchdown passes (eight each) and enters Week 7 ranked 29th in the NFL in passer rating (74.1). Whether you attribute it to having more time to prepare, being at home, the matchup or the extra juice attached to it, Denver is the top-ranked fantasy DST for Week 7.

Elsewhere, Minnesota is back from bye and the top-scoring fantasy DST checks in at No. 2 against Philadelphia and Carson Wentz, who is coming off of his worst game in the loss to Washington. Seattle is right behind the Vikings in a week where fantasy owners shouldn’t have much trouble finding a DST since Dallas and Carolina are the only teams on bye.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Carolina, Dallas

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— Rankings 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.