Week 10 DST & K Rankings
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Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
The DST rankings are based on a standard league where fumble recoveries and interceptions count for 2 points each and sacks count for 1 point with a typical sliding scale for points and yardage allowed, while the K rankings are based on field goals counting for 3 points (with 5 points awarded for 50+ yard FGs) and extra points counting for 1 point.

  1. Arizona Cardinals
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Baltimore Ravens
  4. Dallas Cowboys
  5. Seattle Seahawks
  6. Detroit Lions
  7. Kansas City Chiefs
  8. * Jacksonville Jaguars
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. Denver Broncos
  11. Green Bay Packers
  12. Philadelphia Eagles
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  14. New Orleans Saints
  15. Buffalo Bills
  16. Miami Dolphins
* Rank: #8 if Weeden starts, #15 if Romo starts.
  1. Justin Tucker
  2. Dan Bailey
  3. Cody Parkey
  4. Shaun Suisham
  5. Steven Hauschka
  6. Matt Bryant
  7. Chandler Catanzaro
  8. Graham Gano
  9. Mason Crosby
  10. Brandon McManus
  11. Patrick Murray
  12. Mike Nugent
  13. Shayne Graham
  14. Cairo Santos
  15. Dan Carpenter
  16. Phil Dawson
Chiefs DST
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.

Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs DST
The Chiefs hit the road to take on a Bills team that's turned to journeyman Kyle Orton to provide a spark and are without the services of their top two running backs. Orton's played exceptionally well so far but has limited mobility and should be a sitting duck for the Chiefs' fierce pass rush. With both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller out, the Chiefs will have the luxury of either dropping extra defenders in the secondary or bringing the blitz. I look for Orton to have his first bad game of the season and see plenty of sacks and perhaps a few turnovers in this one.

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals defense
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The Cardinals play at home this week against the Rams. Defenses facing St. Louis' mistake-prone offense have scored the 2nd-most fantasy points, averaging 12.6 a pop, so this is a match-up to take advantage of. Arizona's secondary has gotten healthier and both Patrick Peterson and Rashad Johnson are expected to suit up, so there's no reason to hesitate about starting this DST. Rookie Austin Davis has thrown for under 200 yards a game and 3 INTs in his last 3 games and is without the services of his top receiver, Brian Quick. Expect the trend to continue and look for the Cardinals' aggressive secondary to pick off a couple throws and take one to the house.

Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills defense
The Bills have been a top 5 fantasy defense this year thanks to the pass rushing prowess of the tandem of Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus and an opportunistic secondary. I'm not that crazy about them this week though as I'm not sold they'll be able to move the football and keep their defense off the field with Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown as the primary ball carriers. I also don't like their prospects for sacks or turnovers playing a conservative offense like Kansas City's. Despite the fact they're playing on the road, I'm actually expecting the Chiefs to win this game, which should limit the Bills opportunities to register fantasy stats. The Chiefs have only allowed 4.4 fantasy points a game to defenses, so if you start the Bills, you're hoping to buck the odds and that's seldom a good strategy for fantasy success.

Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears defense
The Bears defense haven't been any great shakes this year, ranking just 21st in fantasy scoring. This week is definitely not the week to start them, as they hit the road to take on a high-powered Packers offense. The Pack has owned this series at Lambeau Field in recent years, winning five of the last six contests. Defenses facing Green Bay have only scored 4.6 fantasy points a game and the Bears may be missing OLB Lance Briggs and starting CB Kyle Fuller. Do you really need any more reasons not to start this defense?

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys DST
Beware, this could be a trap! That's right, a lot of fantasy owners are blindly plugging this defense in because they're playing the Jaguars without considering a few key variables. While I like this match-up a lot if Romo plays, I feel differently about it if Brandon Weeden gets the call. The Cowboys are a little banged up entering the game with both DE Tyrone Crawford and MLB Rolando McClain likely to miss the contest. The Jags have also found themselves a RB in Denard Robinson, which should help them mount a few drives and put some points on the board. Nonetheless, if we can count on Dallas' offense to move the ball, this is still a match-up to like, as rookie QB Blake Bortles has tossed 2 or more INTs in 5 of his 7 starts. The Jaguars lead the league in points allowed to opposing defenses. My advice is to pick this DST up but check Romo's status prior to starting them.

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens DST
This looks like a so-so match-up on paper, as the Titans are allowing 7.1 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses, which is nothing to write home about. However, I think the Ravens play fired up after a humiliating defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals in Pittsburgh and believe Baltimore's pass rush should be able to make life difficult for rookie QB Zach Mettenberger. Look for a few turnovers and a lopsided game, which should provide the Ravens with an opportunity to pile up some fantasy stats.

San Diego Chargers defense
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Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Defenses to Add

San Diego Chargers
There's a phenomenon in this league called "The Bounce-back Effect" where teams who get shellacked often rebound from the loss and play much better the following game. San Diego got absolutely manhandled in Miami in Week 9 but have faith ye doubters because the Oakland Raiders are coming to town. Don't be afraid to pick this defense up when another owner casts them on the refuse pile. The Raiders have been allowing opposing fantasy defenses to rack up 8.4 points a game, the 7th-highest average in the league. During the Philip Rivers era, San Diego's only lost twice in 10 tries at home against Oakland. I don't see this week being number 3 and believe this DST comes through with some timely sacks and turnovers. The Chargers were owned in 55% of ESPN leagues prior to their bye but after the "Massacre in Miami" many owners dropped them, so they're likely sitting lonely and dejected on your waiver wire.

Chicago Bears
Staying on the same theme, the Bears defense got exposed like a tipsy Miley Cyrus on a first date, giving up 48 offensive points on the road to the Packers. Were it not for a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the waning seconds, this defense would have actually lost you points in Week 10 if you were really brazen enough to start them. However, the Bears have a long history of abject failure when playing at Lambeau Field and I expect them to bounce back next week at home against Minnesota. The Vikings are giving up the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, thanks to a turnover-prone rookie quarterback and the absence of one Adrian Peterson. While Minnesota's on a two game winning streak, I think it ends this week. The Bears are currently owned in just 19% of NFL.com leagues and 10% of ESPN leagues but if they're not available in your league, I'm sure after their performance on SNF they can be readily acquired for a bag of chips and a cola.

Defenses to Drop

Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are on bye this week and have upcoming contests against the Saints and the Chargers. That makes 3 weeks in a row where you're not going to start them anyway, so why not drop them and pick up a DST that can actually help you?

Kickers to Add

Stephen Gostkowski/ Adam Vinatieri
Chances are, neither of these kickers are available in your league but it's worth checking your waiver wire in the event a "noobie" owner dropped one of these studs due to their bye week.

Kickers to Drop

Shaun Suisham
Only joking. Suisham's been a top 10 fantasy kicker this year and has made 16-of-18 field goal attempts but if he misses any more 23 yarders, you've got to believe he'll be standing in line at the Steel City Soup Kitchen.