Fantasy Football Team Rankings: D/ST

In this article I am going to go over the less talked about portion of fantasy football team rankings: Defense and special teams. Check out my 2017 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings for more on Offensive player rankings info, and how to keep up to date

What I will do is, since the predictability of fantasy football in regard to defensive and special teams performance is very wayward, or unpredictable from year to year, with various stats of info, what I will do is this: 

Taking a point system to rank the defense according to pro bowl caliber, or potential upside/solid starters on defense and basing my defensive evaluations off of this point system to help people look at potential for really good and clear out the really poor looking defenses, ranking them 1-32. It does not include special teams, since there is no way to predict that, really. 

What I did, keeping in mind that there is also the nickleback position which is a big part of turnovers and potential touchdowns scored on defense, I include this position, along with the other starters.

All I did was take every pro bowl caliber player and apply a point. If I felt the players has upside to be or should be a pro bowl/solid starter, I gave .5 as a half point.

Here are the rankings of players based off of Yahoo Fantasy Sports Defender Rankings: Fantasy Football Team RakingsThese players are likely to create the most fantasy points on their own with sacks, interceptions, and so on. Even though Fantasy is not the same as being a “pro bowler, I take into consideration the top performing defensive players from my familiarity of playing in a defensive league that counts individual in addition to team defense, drafting. Ok, hope that makes sense, anyway, here the top potential defenses with all of the free agent and rookie movement included, of course. 

The highest point total a team can get is 12, but no team comes close to having that much Defensive fantasy weight. 

Fantasy Football Team Rankings

  1. REDSKINS 8.5
  3. CHEIFS 7.5
  4. VIKINGS 7
  5. PANTHERS 6.5
  6. EAGLES 6.5
  7. GIANTS 6.5
  8. FALCONS 6.5
  9. CARDINALS 6.5
  10. CHARGERS 6
  11. Jagaures 6
  12. Buccanners 6
  13. Titans 6
  14. Broncos 6
  15. 49ers 6
  16. Raiders 6
  17. Texans 5.5
  18. Rams 5.5
  19. Bills 5.5
  20. Dophins 5.5
  21. Patriots 5.5
  22. Jets 5.5
  23. Packers 5
  24. Lions 5
  25. Bears 5
  26. Cowboys 4.5
  27. Browns 4.5
  28. Saints 4
  29. Ravens 4
  30. Bengals 4
  31. Steelers 3.5
  32. Cots 3.5



2017 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings

When preparing for your 2017 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings, where do you start?

2017 nfl fantasy football rankings

Hopefully you will pay attention to the ADP, or Average Draft Position in your own fantasy rankings and use this information to make informed decisions  about human tendencies. See this tool @ fantasyfootballcalculator 

Since you can always see this information there, updated daily, and even use and sort according to the “Dashboard”, then this article will go over some of the key strategies and considerations when humans are making these picks. 

When making computer analysis picks always look at the Draft Dashboard, for up to date analysis on GameDay

By the way, as you can see there the setting allows for the black out of the chosen players you already have drafted as well as others picks, to quickly see where you are at during a “live” draft.

For the actual list, I will go ahead and update the top menu section: “Fantasy Football Draft Board” for the Best Value Based on ADP, Computer Rankings, and Fundamentals of Fantasy Football in PPR Leagues across Yahoo, and DanDuel Points Generally for season long and Daily leagues also being considered for the upcoming year projections. 

This Post is mainly laying the groundwork for the foundation and explaining what is all behind the rankings will include: (To my knowledge, no other site considers these additional factors. 

  • Variance: Meaning the Lowest Co-Efficient Variations, which are spotlighted Here as to how this calculation is actually made. 
  • Matchups: Based on Stats of apposing teams’ strengths and weakness defensively. Not accumulated until after a few weeks of regular season data. Prior season(s) not used. 
  • Upside Potential: The Upside of the Player to show improvement in his gameplay, increasing his Avg per Game Points scored compared to the previous year. 

whether you are a seasoned expert or a beginner, there is a lot to consider. Consider this: 

2017 fantasy football rankings
Wealthy Fantasy Football Rankings

If you have followed Fantasy Football for a number of years, you are biased to certain players’ performaces in remembering whatever you recall in past performance of a certain player in your HUMAN thinking, you miss a lot of the information that really matters, that you cannot possibly evaluate in your head. Sure following football for years, gives you and edge, but a lot of people do too..

That makes for a lot of competition. So you need something more to base your player targeting on. This tool, DraftDashboard will help you Target the Best Up to Date Evaluated Players of the Day for you. 

But it is only a starting point. Always consider your league: How does the scoring work? 

In Daily Fantasy, How large of a contest is it and what percentage of players will actually win any cash. These large contests should be used with High Co-Efficient Variable to give you a legitimate shot to win Big Cash in Large Contests @ Low Entry Points, for Max Profits. 

One More Important Thing:………

Check, if you can find this info, the ownership % of a player you are purchasing, as well as even how many Points a Given Player Actually Costs you In Cash Style Drafting such on DraftKings or Fanduel. 

In a future article I will discuss how to find this data much more easily this year then in previous years as well. We are stepping our Game Up!