2014 DRAFT GUIDE
By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports

Def / STs:

The big thing with the defense/special teams position is knowing your rules. Some leagues really reward defenses for sacks, turnovers and points allowed while others just give points for touchdowns scored by your defense/special teams. This is quite a different approach, so before ranking or picking a defense during your draft, know what your league favors. Your rules will dictate the value the position in your league.

With that said, the Seahawks are our top selection this season after another big season and most of those key guys returning in 2015. But after them, we have several solid choices. The Rams, Panthers and Texans should have solid seasons and are capable of finishing near the top of most leagues in defense/special teams scoring.

And there are a couple different approaches to taking a defense. If you want to use a mid-round pick on a defense/special teams, take the Rams or Panthers or whoever you have rated high. But if you want to wait until the later rounds, grab two defenses you think you can platoon based on matchups. This is a good strategy to use if you want to wait a while before taking a defense and use that mid-round pick on another position. Getting two teams like the Chiefs and Dolphins could do just as well as taking the Seahawks with a higher pick. It is just something to think about heading into your draft. Platoon options can work well with this position.

Updated: 05/22/15
 #1  Seattle Seahawks$3  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 385  YdsAlwd: 3236SeattleBye: 9 
 
 #2  St. Louis Rams$2  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 304  YdsAlwd: 3125St LouisBye: 6 
 
 #3  Houston Texans$2  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 260  YdsAlwd: 3813HoustonBye: 9 
 
 #4  Buffalo Bills$2  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 318  YdsAlwd: 3103BuffaloBye: 8 
 
 #5  Arizona Cardinals$2  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 340  YdsAlwd: 4002ArizonaBye: 9 
 
 #6  New England Patriots$2  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 423  YdsAlwd: 4087New EnglandBye: 4 
 
 #7  New York Jets$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 274  YdsAlwd: 2932New York JetsBye: 5 
 
 #8  Denver Broncos$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 571  YdsAlwd: 5444DenverBye: 7 
 
 #9  Carolina Panthers$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 338  YdsAlwd: 3043CarolinaBye: 5 
 
 #10  Green Bay Packers$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 396  YdsAlwd: 4268Green BayBye: 7 
 
 #11  Baltimore Ravens$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 299  YdsAlwd: 3590BaltimoreBye: 9 
 
 #12  Kansas City Chiefs$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 353  YdsAlwd: 3340Kansas CityBye: 9 
 
 #13  Miami Dolphins$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 301  YdsAlwd: 3567MiamiBye: 5 
 
 #14  Cincinnati Bengals$1  Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 381  YdsAlwd: 4136CincinnatiBye: 7 
 
 #15  San Francisco 49ers Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 369  YdsAlwd: 2979San FranciscoBye: 10 
 
 #16  Philadelphia Eagles Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 424  YdsAlwd: 4110PhiladelphiaBye: 8 
 
 #17  Detroit Lions Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 365  YdsAlwd: 4482DetroitBye: 9 
 
 #18  Cleveland Browns Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 273  YdsAlwd: 4047ClevelandBye: 11 
 
 #19  Pittsburgh Steelers Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 349  YdsAlwd: 4017PittsburghBye: 11 
 
 #20  Dallas Cowboys Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 398  YdsAlwd: 3954DallasBye: 6 
 
 #21  Minnesota Vikings Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 363  YdsAlwd: 3427MinnesotaBye: 5 
 
 #22  Jacksonville Jaguars Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 228  YdsAlwd: 3441JacksonvilleBye: 8 
 
 #23  Indianapolis Colts Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 373  YdsAlwd: 3725IndianapolisBye: 10 
 
 #24  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 265  YdsAlwd: 2820Tampa BayBye: 6 
 
 #25  Atlanta Falcons Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 332  YdsAlwd: 4243AtlantaBye: 10 
 
 #26  Chicago Bears Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 397  YdsAlwd: 4281ChicagoBye: 7 
 
 #27  New Orleans Saints Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 414  YdsAlwd: 4918New OrleansBye: 11 
 
 #28  New York Giants Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 273  YdsAlwd: 3588New York GiantsBye: 11 
 
 #29  Washington Redskins Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 299  YdsAlwd: 3751WashingtonBye: 8 
 
 #30  San Diego Chargers Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 389  YdsAlwd: 4328San DiegoBye: 10 
 
 #31  Oakland Raiders Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 294  YdsAlwd: 3340OaklandBye: 6 
 
 #32  Tennessee Titans Yr: 2013  PtsAlwd: 341  YdsAlwd: 3496TennesseeBye: 4 
 

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