Week 9 DST & K Rankings
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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.
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. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Cincinnati Bengals
  3. San Francisco 49ers
  4. Cleveland Browns
  5. Minnesota Vikings
  6. Seattle Seahawks
  7. Arizona Cardinals
  8. Indianapolis Colts
  9. Washington Redskins
  10. San Diego Chargers
  11. Dalls Cowboys
  12. Miami Dolphins
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Houston Texans
  15. St. Louis Rams
  16. New England Patriots
  1. Justin Tucker
  2. Steven Hauschka
  3. Phil Dawson
  4. Adam Vinatieri
  5. Cairo Santos
  6. Stephen Gostkowski
  7. Graham Gano
  8. Dan Bailey
  9. Randy Bullock
  10. Blair Walsh
  11. Nick Novak
  12. Chandler Catanzaro
  13. Shayne Graham
  14. Cody Parkey
  15. Billy Cundiff
  16. Mike Nugent
Cleveland Browns helmet
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.

Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals defense
Despite my roots in Cincinnati, I haven't been a homer this year, and have mostly advised you to stay away from this defense, which has looked anything but solid after the bye week. However, they've played a brutal schedule the last few weeks, with games against the likes of Indianapolis and New England. This week their DST should perform much better as they face a toothless Jaguars offense. Rookie Blake Bortles has thrown 2 or more picks in all but one of their games and the Jags have allowed the most points in the league to opposing defenses. However, keep an eye on the status of some of Cincy's injured players, as its possible they may be without the services of starting DE Carlos Dunlap, MLBs Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga, and CB Terrance Newman. I would probably start another DST with a good match-up if Newman and Dunlap are out, as they're very thin right now in the secondary and Dunlap and Gilberry are the only ones who've been getting pressure on quarterbacks.

Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs DST
I advised you to start the Chiefs last week and they didn't disappointment. I said look for them to get a few turnovers and they did get one, while holding the Rams to just 7 points. I said if you're lucky, maybe they'll get a pick 6. Well, that one didn't materialize but they did score a return touchdown. Altogether, it was a nice week to start the Chiefs defense, as they managed to score 19 fantasy points. If you own their defense, this is another week to keep them active. They've got another home game at raucous Arrowhead Stadium and this time it's a pathetic Jets offense that comes to town. Last week the J-E-T-S Jets gift-wrapped no less than 6 interceptions to their opponent and regardless of whether it's Geno Smith or Michael Vick, I've got to expect an opportunistic Chiefs defense will get their hands on a few balls. There is a danger their run defense, which has been yielding 4.7 yards a carry, may get exposed by the tandem of Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson, but if they jump out to an early lead, I see their front four wreaking havoc and accumulating some sacks and causing Vick to make some ill-advised throws. Featuring two of the better pass-rushing D-ends in the league, the Chiefs are tied for third in sacks so far this year.

Denver Broncos
Broncos DST
This week a pair of high-profile defenses square off against each other and I advise you to stay away from both of them. The Broncos have a 3,000 mile road trip to take on a dangerous Patriots offense that's rediscovered its mojo and scored almost 40 points a game the last four weeks. The Patriots have allowed opposing defenses to score just 2.6 fantasy points a game this year, so the odds are stacked against you if you start the Broncos DST. I'd keep them on my bench this week and would prefer to take my chances with a less solid DST like the Vikings who've got a better match-up.

New England Patriots
New England Patriots DST
Staying on the same theme, if you own the Patriots defense you'll find they won't be very useful to you over the next few weeks, as they've got a brutal schedule coming up. This week it's the Broncos who come to town with the league's number one scoring offense. Defenses have scored a miniscule 0.6 fantasy points a game when facing this offense, so you probably don't want to try your luck even though the Patriots own the 2nd-ranked pass defense in the league and have allowed just 210 passing yards a game so far this year. I expect that number to go up and would sit or drop the Patriots altogether in light of their upcoming schedule.

Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns helmet
The Browns rank just 15th in fantasy scoring and are only owned in around one-third of all leagues but are worth picking up and starting this week due to the match-up. They host a one-dimensional Tampa Bay team whose offense has been unable to move the ball on the ground. Defenses facing the Buccaneers have scored an average of 11.1 fantasy points a game, which is third-highest in the league. Last week the Vikings DST put up a solid 19 points against them, recording 5 sacks, an INT, a fumble recovery and a TD. RB Doug Martin's in a walking boot and may sit this one out but rookie Charles Sims is expected to make his debut. In the end, it shouldn't matter, as the Bucs' poor O-line play has made it impossible for any back to have success. This game should be a cakewalk for the Browns and you can look for some cheap turnovers when desperation time sets in.

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings DST
The Vikings are a sneaky pick this week. Despite scoring the 7th-most fantasy points among all defenses and featuring a fierce pass rush that's generated a whopping 25 sacks, they're only owned in about 10% of all leagues. Head Coach Mike Zimmer has clearly brought his aggressive style of play over from Cincinnati, but one of last year's worst fantasy defenses is probably still available on your waiver wire. They've got an ideal match-up at home this week against a Redskins team that gives up 9.3 fantasy points a game and will be starting a rusty RGIII coming off an ankle injury. The Vikings rank fourth in the league against the pass, so if Washington is to have a chance in this game, they'll have to have some success moving the ball on the ground. Since Morris has been averaging under 4 yards a game and Griffin III's coming off an injury and probably won't be asked to do a lot of read-option this week, I don't see that happening.

Cowboys 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.
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

Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys play everybody's favorite punching bag this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars. While the Jags offense showed signs of life last week and rookie WR Allen Hurns was a handful, I think the performance was due more to a poor Bengals defense that can't mount a pass rush and has therefore been vulnerable to big plays all year long. Dallas may be without the services of two starters, Tyrone Crawford and Rolando McClain but in the end I don't think it will matter. Do keep your eye on Tony Romo's status though, as if he's out it means two things: Londoners will be treated to an exhibition of very sloppy football with Brandon Weeden and Blake Bortles at the helm of their respective offenses and more importantly, the Cowboys will be less likely to build up a big lead, which may have a negative effect on the production of this DST. The Boys are currently owned in just 11% of NFL.com leagues and 21% of ESPN leagues, so should be available in a league near you!

Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are coming off a loss in which they were taken to the woodshed by their hated rivals, the Steelers, and should be pumped up for revenge. There's a lot to like about a home game against a Titans team, allowing 7.1 fantasy points a game and sporting an inexperienced rookie quarterback. I think Baltimore bounces back in a big way this week but am a little concerned about starting RCB Jimmy Smith missing this game, as back-ups Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks have both struggled in coverage and will probably get picked on a lot.

Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have a nice-matchup on the road against a turnover-prone Jets team that has allowed over 10 fantasy points a game to defenses. The Jets offense is slightly less putrid than it was before Michael Vick took over for the Pick-6 machine, Geno Smith, and bad boy, Percy Harvin, was added. However, with the way Big Ben's been playing lately, expect the Steelers to build an early league and capitalize on mistakes, as the run-dependent Jets are forced to rely on Vick's inconsistent arm. The Pittsburgh DST is currently available in 89% of NFL.com leagues and 79% of ESPN leagues.

Defenses to Drop

Cincinnati Bengals
I advised you to pick this defense up if they were available and start them against the Jaguars. Now I'm advising you to drop them like a hot potato. The Bengals have a brutal schedule coming up, starting this week when they face a rejuvenated Browns offense. This cross-state rivalry has a history of high-scoring games with the last 3 in Cincinnati producing an average of 55 points a game. The Bengals defense has also taken a major step back since DC Mike Zimmer left. They're tied for 30th against the run and just 21st against the pass this year. Elite DT Geno Atkins has been a shadow of himself and the Bengals' front four has been unable to get pressure on opposing QBs, which has put their CBs on an island for much of the year. I know they were probably one of the first few defenses to go off the board in your draft, but just hold your nose and drop them like you would do to that leftover chicken wing from last Sunday that's beginning to smell real bad.

Houston Texans
The Texans have been the comeback story of the year among fantasy defenses. Thanks to a league-leading 21 turnovers, they're currently the 3rd-highest scoring fantasy defense. However, before you get too carried away, they've also allowed a fairly generous 197 points and have struggled to stop the run (ranking just 21st in the league). Since turnovers can be fickle and this team doesn't have a favorable match-up until they play the Titans in Week 13, you might consider dropping them during their bye week in favor of a defense with better match-ups going forward.

Kickers to Add

Shaun Suisham
Big Ben's been on fire recently and the revived Steelers offensive attack has helped Suisham quietly creep into the Top 10 fantasy kickers. He has an awesome match-up this week against a pathetic Jets defense that's allowing 8.4 fantasy points a game, so don't hesitate to pick him up if your kicker has a bye.

Chandler Catanzaro
Catanzaro, the 12th-highest scoring kicker in fantasy, is a perfect 16-of-16 this year. He doesn't play for a powerhouse offense like the Eagles, Saints, or Patriots but does get plenty of field goal opportunities when drives stall out. The Cardinals should continue to move the ball effectively with Carson Palmer behind center so there's no reason to believe Catanzaro won't continue to receive more field goal chances. The Cardinals play a Rams team that allows a generous 8.8 fantasy points a game to kickers, so "The Cat" makes an excellent bye week replacement.

Caleb Sturgis
If you're in need of a kicker this week, you might consider picking up Sturgis. The Dolphins offense has been clicking lately and Sturgis leads the league in field goal attempts. The Fins play the Lions this week so points may be hard to come by and this could be one of those games where Miami has to settle for a lot of field goals. Last week, he turned in a nice performance during the blowout win against the Chargers, scoring 13 points and going 3-of-4 on field goals. Sturgis is barely owned in most leagues so is readily available.

Kickers to Drop

Nick Novak/ Blair Walsh
Four widely-owned kickers are on bye this week. Since Gostkowski and Vinatieri play for the two highest-scoring offenses in the league and rank 1-2 in fantasy scoring, I'd keep a seat warm on the bench for them. Novak and Walsh are a different story. They rank just 14th and 15th in fantasy scoring and both play for offenses that have struggled at times. Rather than tie up valuable space on the bench, I'd drop them in favor of someone like Suisham or Catanzaro.