Defense and special teams is a position you need to be wary of setting and forgetting your studs, as matchups are more important than ability. Last week, the top scoring D/STs were the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Rams, Titans and Saints. Getting leads and putting opposing quarterbacks in a situation where they need to drop back on almost every play, makes for great spots for D/STs to pin their ears back.
Below are some good situations to start D/STs in your playoffs.
D/ST Ranking Tiers
Playing Green Bay in Lambeau is tough enough, but it’s even tougher for a rookie in December. Dwayne Haskins will have trouble if he’s forced to throw from behind.
David Blough didn’t faceplant on Thanksgiving but I don’t trust him against the Vikings in Minnesota.
Rookie Drew Lock wasn’t awful but he was also at home against a Chargers defense that has hit the skids. He’ll have more trouble in Houston, in a game the Texans need to keep a lead in their division.
D/ST Rankings, Week 14
|1||Green Bay Packers||vs WAS|
|2||Minnesota Vikings||vs DET|
|3||Baltimore Ravens||@ BUF|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||vs NYG|
|5||Pittsburgh Steelers||@ ARI|
|6||New York Jets||vs MIA|
|7||Cleveland Browns||vs CIN|
|8||Dallas Cowboys||@ CHI|
|9||Houston Texans||vs DEN|
|10||Tennessee Titans||@ OAK|
|11||New England Patriots||vs KC|
|12||New Orleans Saints||vs SF|
|13||Indianapolis Colts||@ TB|
|14||San Francisco 49ers||@ NO|
|15||Carolina Panthers||@ ATL|
|16||Jacksonville Jaguars||vs LAC|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||@ JAC|
|18||Chicago Bears||vs DAL|
|19||Arizona Cardinals||vs PIT|
|20||Seattle Seahawks||@ LAR|
|21||Los Angeles Rams||vs SEA|
|22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||vs IND|
|23||Atlanta Falcons||vs CAR|
|24||Kansas City Chiefs||@ NE|
|25||Buffalo Bills||vs BAL|
|26||Denver Broncos||@ HOU|
|27||Oakland Raiders||vs TEN|
|28||New York Giants||@ PHI|
|29||Cincinnati Bengals||@ CLE|
|30||Miami Dolphins||@ NYJ|
|31||Detroit Lions||@ MIN|