Week 8 DST & K Rankings
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Buffalo Bills defense
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. Buffalo Bills
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. Dallas Cowboys
  5. Houston Texans
  6. Cleveland Browns
  7. New York Jets
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. New England Patriots
  10. Detroit Lions
  11. Minnesota Vikings
  12. Indianapolis Colts
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  15. Tennessee Titans
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars
  1. Stephen Gostkowski
  2. Steven Hauschka
  3. Justin Tucker
  4. Caleb Sturgis
  5. Dan Carpenter
  6. Randy Bullock
  7. Blair Walsh
  8. Cairo Santos
  9. Adam Vinatieri
  10. Nick Folk
  11. Graham Gano
  12. Dan Bailey
  13. Robbie Gould
  14. Billy Cundiff
  15. Chandler Catanzaro
  16. Nick Novak
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
I can't say I'm surprised the Chiefs have been a fantasy disappointment this year, as this defense excelled due to things like defensive touchdowns and INTs that are hard to replicate. However, they're worth starting this week, since they play a Rams team that's allowed over 12 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses - second-highest in the league. While Austin Davis has been playing better of late, Arrowhead Stadium is an intimidating place to play and I think Justin Houston and Tamba Hali should be able to unload a can of whupp-ass and fluster the rookie quarterback. The Chiefs may be vulnerable to the long ball if SS Eric Berry misses this game so Davis could end up with some passing yardage but you should be able to count on plenty of sacks and a pair of turnovers, and maybe if you're really lucky a pick-six.

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens DST
This is a match-up a lot of people will shy away from, since the Bengals are only giving up 5 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses. Don't be one of those people. The Bengals have bestowed 14 fantasy points on their opponent twice in the last 3 weeks and the play of their defense has been abruptly spiraling downward. With Michael Johnson gone and Vontaze Burfict battling injury all season, they've been unable to stop the run or mount a pass rush, which has allowed opponents to pick them apart. They've also been decimated by the injury bug and should be missing all 3 starting LBs and possibly their top CB, Leon Hall. I think the Ravens will be pumped up for revenge in this one and see them putting a lot of points on the board. Cincinnati's offense will probably play better at home but look for them to fall into an early hole, which will create plenty of opportunities for big plays by Baltimore's defense.

Denver Broncos
Broncos DST
The Broncos defense has been solid this year, even if it's not quite living up to fantasy expectations. The Chargers have been allowing just 2.3 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses and have a history of playing well at Mile High Stadium. Over the last 5 games there, they've scored just under 30 points a game and won 4 of those 5 contests. This should be a high-scoring affair and I'd steer clear of both of these defenses.

Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals defense
I don't know if it's a case of looking in the rear-view mirror or just not wanting to drop a DST you spent a mid-round draft pick on, but somehow this DST is still owned in 80% of NFL.com fantasy leagues, despite the fact they've been decimated by injuries and rank 25th in fantasy scoring. They've been unable to stop the run, allowing 4.9 yards a carry, and haven't been able to mount a pass rush without bringing extra defenders. And they're playing a Ravens team that allows only 3.6 points a game to defenses and should be juiced for revenge. Really, how many more reasons do you need not to start this DST this week? Drop them and pick up a less highly-regarded defense that's playing better. You'll thank me later.

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys DST
I never thought I'd be recommending the Cowboys defense not just once but two weeks in a row but here it is! Dallas' defense has flourished under new DC, Rod Marinelli, and they've improved in all areas, ranking 12th against the pass and 16th against the run. If that's not enough to sell you on the idea of trusting them, how's this: they have a home game against a Redskins squad that's allowing 9.7 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses and will be starting a 3rd string quarterback with a history of tossing up interceptions. Can you say "ka-ching"? I'd start them over top defenses like the Eagles or Colts who have tougher match-ups.

Miami Dolphins
Dolphins DST
The Dolphins have been the hottest name of the waiver wire this week but are still available in 87% of NFL.com leagues. They've been a solid defense this year, ranking 11th in fantasy scoring, and have an enviable match-up with everyone's favorite punching bag, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are allowing 12.7 fantasy points a game to defenses - highest in the league - and their rookie quarterback, Blake Bortles, continues to be a reliable source of ill-advised interceptions. Miami's 4th-ranked pass defense should be up to the task of defending Bortles. Look for the Jags to fall into a hole and the Dolphins DST to rack up some easy turnovers and sacks. Start them if you own them and if you don't have them, see if they're available on your waiver wire!

Cincinnati Bengals defense
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

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals defense has been downright awful since their bye week but this is a match-up I wouldn't pass up if an owner in your league has thrown in the towel on them. The Jags have allowed an NFL-worst 14.4 fantasy points a game to opposing defenses and streaming DSTs against them has paid huge dividends this year (see how the Dolphins DST fared against them last week for a case in point). Cincinnati's run defense has been terrible and they've allowed a boatload of passing yards but they get the Jaguars at home, where they usually play better, and I think the Jaguars weaknesses should play into their strengths. Denard Robinson may have a good game but if Jacksonville falls behind, you should be able to count on the Bengals' opportunistic secondary to pick off a few wounded ducks from Blake Bortles.

Cleveland Browns
We're staying in the state of Ohio this week. The Browns defense has had a dream schedule with 3 patsies all in a row: first the Jaguars, then the Raiders, and this week they host a toothless Buccaneers offense that can't seem to get their groove on. Cleveland fared much better with the match-up last week (after a somewhat disappointing trip to Jacksonville, where they fell behind early), registering 3 sacks and 3 turnovers and allowing just 13 points. They should be up to the task against a Bucs squad that's been unable to move the ball on the ground. Run defense has been the Achilles heel of this defense but I don't think Tampa Bay has the weapons to take advantage.

Defenses to Drop

Carolina Panthers
The Panthers face 3 high-powered offenses in the Saints, Eagles, and Falcons before heading into their bye in Week 12. So far they're just the 23rd-ranked defense in fantasy football and haven't given owners any reason for optimism, scoring just 8 points over the last 3 weeks. Despite all this, they're still owned in 74% of NFL.com leagues. Go figure!

New England Patriots
The Patriots upcoming schedule includes games against the Broncos, followed by a bye week, then contests against the Colts, Lions, and Packers, which means they're going to be sitting on your bench for most of the next five weeks. Despite the fact that they've been really solid this year and are tied for 3rd in fantasy scoring, I'd drop them in favor of defenses with better match-ups.

Kickers to Add

Shayne Graham
Graham has been nearly perfect this year, nailing 13 of his 14 field goal attempts. The Saints offense seems to finally be clicking so "Opie" should have some opportunities to score in the Big Easy. It doesn't hurt either that five of the Saints' remaining games are in the Superdome, where their offense has been at its most productive. Because he was a last-minute addition to the roster, he was the red-headed step-child of the draft and is only owned in 13% of NFL.com leagues.

Cody Parkey
We keep banging the table on Parkey but he's somehow still available in 57% of NFL.com leagues. He's the sixth-highest scoring fantasy kicker and plays for the high-powered Eagles offense. What more could you possibly ask for?

Kickers to Drop

Mason Crosby/ Matt Bryant
I never advise anyone to hold onto a kicker during bye weeks, so even though Bryant and especially Crosby have been decent fantasy kickers this year, I suggest dropping them in favor of a replacement who can actually play this week instead of tying up a valuable spot on your bench.