Fantasy Football 2016: Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Earl Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks enter this season as the No. 1 fantasy DST

In fantasy football, defense/special teams (DST) are different from the other positions in several ways. The fact that it’s an entire unit (or two depending on how you look at it) instead of an individual player means you don’t necessarily have to worry about one injury, whether it happens in practice, the preseason or once the games that count start, completely wrecking the DST you drafted.

 

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However, there are certain players who are more valuable to their DSTs than others and that’s definitely the case when it comes to J.J. Watt. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is still recovering from back surgery. His Week 1 availability is uncertain at best, and something that should be kept in mind come draft day. For now, Houston sits among the top five of Athlon Sports’ rankings, but that position is tenuous.

 

Positional Tiers/Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

Rank Team Bye
1 Seattle Seahawks 5
2 Minnesota Vikings 6
3 Carolina Panthers 7
4 Houston Texans 9
5 Denver Broncos 11
6 Arizona Cardinals 9
7 Kansas City Chiefs 5
8 New York Jets 11
9 Cincinnati Bengals 9
10 Green Bay Packers 4
11 Buffalo Bills 10
12 Oakland Raiders 10
13 Los Angeles Rams 8
14 New England Patriots 9
15 Philadelphia Eagles 4
16 Pittsburgh Steelers 8
17 Jacksonville Jaguars 5
18 Baltimore Ravens 8
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
20 Chicago Bears  9
21 New York Giants 8
22 Washington Redskins 9
23 Indianapolis Colts 10
24 Detroit Lions 10
25 Tennessee Titans 13
26 Atlanta Falcons 11
27 Miami Dolphins 8
28 San Diego Chargers 11
29 Dallas Cowboys 7
30 New Orleans Saints 5
31 Cleveland Browns 13
32 San Francisco 49ers 8

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