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Fantasy Playoff Defensive Team Rankings

Bills Defense

To maximize your chances of winning a fantasy championship, you need to exploit every edge to have an advantage over your opponents. Over the next three weeks, you and your opponents will be debating which skill position players you should start. But are you thinking about defense?

2015 Fantasy Playoff Rankings

Fantasy Football Defense

To maximize your chances of winning a fantasy championship, you need to exploit every edge to have an advantage over your opponents. Over the next three weeks, you and your opponents will be debating which skill position players you should start. But are you thinking about defense?

If you haven’t, it’s OK – I’ve done the work for you. I won’t share my secret formula, but below is a table that shows each team’s:

Projected fantasy points for the entirety of the fantasy playoffs (weeks 14-16)

Projected weekly rank

Projected average weekly rank
If you want to play around with the chart, be my guest. However, I’ve done that work for you, too. In this article, you’ll find the answers to:

What do I do if I have a current top-10 DST?

I can only pick up one DST for the playoffs. Who should I get?

I actually have 2 roster spots available. What is the best playoff DST combination?

Hey, I’m cool and I’ll just stream DSTs. Who are the best DSTs for each week?

Get ready to maximize your fantasy defense!

RankTeamTotal FPWk 14Wk 15Wk 16Avg Rank
1
34.7721225.3
2
33.364544.3
3
33.2361316.7
4
32.1613259.7
5
3036116.7
6
29.0218268.7
7
28.74912110.3
8
25.357101711.3
9
25.171081310.3
10
24.921171912.3
11
24.451419512.7
12
24.192241212.7
13
23.981211910.7
14
23.342815315.3
15
22.615222015.7
16
21.952191414.7
17
21.7315141815.7
18
21.322418716.3
19
20.0720161517
20
19.621925817.3
21
19.1825201018.3
22
18.5813301619.7
23
18.368243020.7
24
18.2417212220
25
17.4516232621.7
26
15.823282425
27
15.7429172925
28
14.7631262326.7
29
14.6827292727.7
30
12.7626322828.7
31
12.7530273129.3
32
9.6232313231.7

Current top 10 DSTs [the_ad_group id=”2499″]

The following 10 teams are currently in the top 10 in standard scoring leagues. I’ve laid out their playoff recommendation (HOLD – keep this team or DROP – time to find a new DST) and any additions to maximize your DST spot for the playoffs.

If any of the below teams are available in your league, grab them immediately (minus NY Giants).

Carolina

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: New England, Pittsburgh, Minnesota for week 15

Denver

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: Buffalo, Houston, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit for week 16

Seattle

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: Green Bay, Cleveland, Philadelphia for week 14

Kansas City

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: Pittsburgh, Minnesota for week 15

NY Giants

  • Playoff Recommendation: DROP
  • Optimal Adds: Use recommendations in the next section

Cincinnati

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: NONE

Arizona

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: Green Bay for week 14, Houston/Buffalo/Detroit/Tennessee for Week 16

Philadelphia

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD – borderline top 10 DST each week of fantasy playoffs
  • Optimal Adds: Any top 5 projected DST for a given week (e.g. Houston for week 16)

St Louis

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: Buffalo, Houston for week 16

Tampa Bay

  • Playoff Recommendation: HOLD
  • Optimal Adds: Buffalo/Houston/Philadelphia/Detroit/Tennessee for week 16

So You Don’t Have a Top 10 DST…

[the_ad id=”58837″]Before you go any further, if New England or NY Jets are available on your waiver wire, pick them up now. These two teams are currently not in the top 10 of standard scoring leagues but are projected to be top 10 DSTs in the fantasy playoffs.

If those two teams aren’t available (and no current top 10 teams are available), if you don’t have the roster space for two DSTs, and/or if you cannot make waiver claims in your fantasy playoffs, the top team to grab is …

The Buffalo Bills

The Bills are projected to be the 11th best DST for the final three weeks of the fantasy season with matchups versus Philadelphia, Washington, and Dallas.

Before the season started, you probably wouldn’t have wanted to target three NFC East offenses. However, Philadelphia and Washington are top-5 in giveaways and Dallas, well, they have Matt Cassel.

Do you have room for 2 DST roster spots?

If so, here are the best combinations to pick up for weeks 14-16:

  • Pittsburgh & Green Bay (Avg Weekly Rank: 7.0)
  • Pittsburgh & Buffalo (Avg Weekly Rank: 7.7)
  • Houston & Green Bay (Avg Weekly Rank: 7.7)
  • Pittsburgh & Cleveland (Avg Weekly Rank: 8.0)
  • Pittsburgh & Philadelphia (Avg Weekly Rank: 8.3)
  • Philadelphia & Green Bay (Avg Weekly Rank: 8.3)
  • Houston & Cleveland (Avg Weekly Rank: 8.7)

Streamers?

If you have the ability to pick up free agents in weeks 14-16, here are the top additions for each week. If you go this route, you can actually have a top-5 defense each week of your fantasy playoffs!

Week 14

  • Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas (Projected Rank: 5)
  • Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco (Projected Rank: 8)

Week 15

  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver (Projected Rank: 4)
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago (Projected Rank: 9)

Week 16

  • Houston Texans at Tennessee (Projected Rank: 3)
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas (Projected Rank: 5)
  • Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco (Projected Rank: 7)
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Houston (Projected Rank: 8)
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington (Projected Rank: 9)

In Conclusion

You have A LOT of options for your DST in the fantasy playoffs. Don’t sit around and be content with one defense! Sure, it may only gain you a point or two,  but every point is crucial when you’re competing for a championship.

If you have any specific DST questions, tweet me at @BrianJesterFF and I’ll be sure to help you out.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Rodolfo

    December 21, 2015 at Monday, December,21

    Does your Buffalo ranking change with Moore under center? Have Pats but can’t decide between Buffalo or Lions DST.

    Great article.

  2. Joseph

    December 7, 2015 at Monday, December,7

    Does your secret formula look at the whole season stats or is weighted? Reason I ask is KC plays Baltimore in week 15 and when I think Schaub I think pick 6 as opposed to Flacco who was Qb for the first 11 weeks.

    Thanks,

    Joe

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