Sep 18, 2013

Week 3 Shuffle: Defense Special Teams

Listed are the Top 25 D/STs for the upcoming week.  Rankings are based on the projected mean performance without any specific team context on who you should start.  Sometimes you need to start the lower of two players due to upside or a high floor, so things are fluid.  As always, players can move up or down as we approach kickoff.  So please indulge yourself & dissect our list from top to bottom.  Let's Go!

Tier 1:
1. Seattle Seahawks vs JAC
2. New England Patriots vs TB
3. Denver Broncos vs OAK
4. Chicago Bears @PIT
5. San Francisco 49ers vs IND
6. Minnesota Vikings vs CLE
7. Houston Texans @BAL
8. Dallas Cowboys vs STL
9. Cleveland Browns @MIN
10. Atlanta Falcons @MIA
11. Baltimore Ravens vs HOU
12. Tennessee Titans vs SD

 - After what the Seahawks did last week to the 49ers at home anything short of a 20 point performance is going to be seen against the Chad Henne led Jaguars.  The back half of these rankings (Vikings, Cowboys, Browns, Falcons & Titans) are all commodities that should see their ownership rise as the week progresses.  Everyone is a viable start against a weak opponent.

Tier 2:
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @NE
14. Buffalo Bills @NYJ
15. Pittsburgh Steelers vs CHI
16. St. Louis Rams @DAL
17. Miami Dolphins vs ATL
18. San Diego Chargers @TEN
19. New York Jets @BUF
20. Cincinnati Bengals vs GB
21. New Orleans Saints vs ARI
22. Arizona Cardinals @NO
23. Kansas City Chiefs @PHI
24. Philadelphia Eagles vs KC
25. Green Bay Packers @CIN

- Excluding the Bengals, everyone listed here should making a weekly home on the waiver wire.  The Steelers & Packers are not the same two defenses that have been seeing the field the past few years and should be owned accordingly.  Excluding leagues over 12 owners, no one else here should be owned heading into Week 3.

Check out all our Week 2 Rankings: QB RB WR TE LB DL DB K D/ST

As always, read & discuss.  You can reach me on Twitter @ClevRocks_James or comment your (dis)agreements below.

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