Week 11 DST & K Rankings
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Lions 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.
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. Detroit Lions
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. San Diego Chargers
  5. Chicago Bears
  6. New Orleans Saints
  7. Minnesota Vikings
  8. Buffalo Bills
  9. Kansas City Chiefs
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. New York Giants
  12. Arizona Cardinals
  13. Houston Texans
  14. San Francisco 49ers
  15. Cleveland Browns
  16. Philadelphia Eagles
  1. Adam Vinatieri
  2. Nick Novak
  3. Graham Gano
  4. Mason Crosby
  5. Shayne Graham
  6. Stephen Gostkowski
  7. Caleb Sturgis
  8. Shaun Suisham
  9. Stephen Hauschka
  10. Phil Dawson
  11. Matt Bryant
  12. Kai Forbath
  13. Brandon McManus
  14. Cody Parkey
  15. Blair Walsh
  16. Chandler Catanzaro
Dolphins 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.


Miami Dolphins
Dolphins DST
Don't look now but the Dolphins are the 2nd-highest scoring fantasy defense in the league. Their game this week against the Bills isn't as good as it looks on paper, since Buffalo's offense is performing at a much higher level since Kyle Orton took over for a mistake-prone E.J. Manuel. Fred Jackson should also be back at full strength, which should help the Bills ground game. Nonetheless, in a week almost devoid of great match-ups for streaming defenses, I'll take the Fins at home against an offense giving up an average of 8 points a game.

Detroit Lions
Lions DST
This is one where you have to ignore the stats and take other factors into consideration. Yes, the Cardinals have allowed just 4.2 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses and yes, the Lions will be making an ardous road trip across country to play this game. However, Arizona has a back-up QB playing - one who was fairly ineffective moving the ball in his 3 starts earlier this year. While Stanton hasn't made the typical errors you'd expect from a journeyman, he's pretty immobile in the pocket, so I'm counting on Ziggy Ansah and Ndamukong Suh to create some pressure and help the Lions tally up a bevy of sacks. It won't surprise me either if Stanton gets flustered and tosses his first interceptions of the year. Start this defense in spite of the match-up.


New England Patriots
New England Patriots DST
The Patriots are the 6th-highest scoring defense in fantasy but that being said, I'd sit them this week, since they take on the Colts' high-flying offense. This should be a high-scoring affair so I don't really like the prospects for either of these two defenses this week. The loss of Chandler Jones, who racked up 4.5 sacks in just 7 games, also diminishes their value. You'd be better served to stream a less high-profile defense against a weak opponent.

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals defense
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This match-up looks pretty good on paper, as the Cards take on a mistake-prone Matthew Stafford-led Lions offense that's been allowing defenses to score almost 7 fantasy points a game. However, I'd stay far away from the Cardinals this week for several reasons: firstly, a back-up quarterback which may limit Arizona's ability to keep the defense rested; secondly, Calvin Johnson's back, which makes Detroit's offense a lot scarier; thirdly, did I mention a back-up quarterback?


Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos DST
The Broncos rank just 17th in fantasy scoring so far this year but get a match-up made in heaven. This week they play a Rams team that's really struggling, allowing the most fantasy points of any team in the league to opposing defenses. After a solid start to the season, Sam Bradford's replacement has melted down in the limelight, throwing 2 picks in each of the last 2 games and losing a fumble. Despite the fact they play on the road, you should be able to expect a nice fantasy haul by plugging in the Denver defense this week. Look for the Rams to fall behind early, creating plenty of opportunities for turnovers and perhaps if you're lucky a defensive TD.

Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears defense
This recommendation is strictly for the bold and intrepid, so if you don't have huge, solid cajones of cast iron, just move on, there's nothing to see here! The Bears have been one of the poorer units in fantasy. Over the last 3 weeks alone they've given up 133 points and allowed 444 yards of offense a game. So why do I like them as a sleeper? Well, first off, I think they bounce back at home after last week's embarrassing wipe-out in Green Bay. Secondly, they play a Vikings team with an inexperienced, mistake-prone quarterback. Minnesota's allowing 9.3 fantasy points a game this year, fifth-most in the league, so if there ever was a week for Chicago's defense to rise to the occasion, this is it. Plug them in as a streaming defense and just cover your eyes and hope for the best.


San Diego Chargers defense
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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.
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
If you followed my advice last week and counted on a bounce-back performance by the Chargers defense, you were rewarded with 11 fantasy points. This is no week to abandon the boys in Powder Blue, as they face a Rams team that's allowed the 2nd-most fantasy points in the league to opposing defenses. Yes, the Rams offense looked much better last week in their surprising upset of the Broncos but I expect them to come back down to Earth with a thud this week on the road in San Diego. I'm looking for Brandon Flowers, Eric Weddle and the rest of San Diego's 6th-ranked pass defense to shut down the Rams passing game, which leaves Tre Mason to take the game on his shoulders against a solid but unspectacular Chargers run defense. Look for the Chargers to build a lead in this game, resulting in a few untimely Shaun Hill picks.

Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are a middle-of-the-pack fantasy defense, ranking just 15th in fantasy scoring. However, they host a mistake-prone Blake Bortles, whose Jaguars allow the most points of any team in the league to opposing defenses. Indy's defense is only owned in 14% of NFL.com leagues so make sure you put in a waiver claim and start them this week.

Defenses to Drop

New England Patriots
The Patriots face a Lions offense that's allowed a decent 7.4 fantasy points a game this year but is now back at full strength with a healthy Megatron. After this week, the schedule gets much tougher as they face the Packers, Chargers, and Dolphins in successive weeks. I know they're the 7th-highest scoring fantasy defense this year but they lost their main sack specialist, Chandler Jones, and the schedule just isn't favorable. I would drop them in favor of streaming defenses from week-to-week.

Miami Dolphins/ Detroit Lions
The Dolphins DST ranks 2nd in the league, while the Lions rank 8th and both teams have some favorable match-ups down the road. However, if you're fighting for your playoff life, you may want to consider dropping them for a lesser defense with a better match-up this week. The Dolphins play a Broncos team that's allowed the 2nd-least fantasy points to opposing defenses this year. Denver should be hungry for revenge after a dismal showing in St. Louis. The situation isn't any better if you own the Lions defense, as they travel to Foxborough to face the Patriots, who've given up the least fantasy points to defenses this year. Both defenses are worth benching if you have the space or even starting if you don't have room to pick up another DST and are virtually assured a playoff spot.

Kickers to Add

Justin Tucker/ Dan Bailey
If you're in need of an upgrade at kicker, check your waiver wire to see if an owner dropped one of these kickers who were on bye last week.

Kickers to Drop

Shaun Suisham/ Graham Gano
Both kickers are on bye this week and neither merits a toasty, warm seat on your bench.